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April 11, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Miguel A. Santana said Thursday he was shocked by a legal claim filed by an Inland Empire group attempting to gain control of L.A./Ontario International Airport. Santana, who has been moderating talks over a possible airport transfer, said he thought the parties were having productive discussions. The legal action, he said, could undermine further efforts to reach a deal. “It violates the spirit of the negotiations,” Santana said. “We've spent a lot of time and resources to set up a fair process.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A church deacon who said he tumbled into a "dark and muddy" grave during a funeral service is suing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Alfonso Valles alleged in the legal claim that he suffered a broken arm and other injuries when he landed at the bottom of a 6-foot grave at the San Gabriel Mission cemetery. Valles was standing on top of a platform during the summer of 2012 at the San Gabriel Mission cemetery when, “without any warning whatsoever,” the platform collapsed, according to court documents filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Inland Empire officials on Thursday morning lodged a legal claim against Los Angeles in an attempt to force the city to hand them control of L.A./Ontario International Airport, which has been in serious decline. The city of Ontario filed the claim -- the first step toward bringing a lawsuit -- a day after rejecting Los Angeles World Airports' offer to sell the once popular aviation hub for almost $475 million. Negotiations have been underway for several months. In addition to the transfer of ownership,  the action seeks to terminate a 1967 joint powers agreement in which the Los Angeles airport department became the operator of Ontario on the condition that it improve the facility.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Margie Beskau would seem to have a strong lawsuit against General Motors for millions in damages. Eight years ago, her 15-year-old daughter, Amy Rademaker, died in a Chevrolet Cobalt - one of the cars the automaker has now admitted had a deadly safety defect. A faulty ignition switch shut off the car, leaving its teenage driver without power steering, brakes or air bags. But Beskau probably will never collect in the civil courts, legal experts say, because GM has been absolved of all responsibility for crashes before the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy and federal bailout.
SPORTS
October 21, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A court ruling has given the Oakland Raiders permission to proceed with a legal claim that they were falsely promised sellout crowds when they agreed to return to Oakland from Los Angeles. Superior Court Judge Joe Gray ruled in Sacramento that the team had not waited too long to file the claim in response to a suit by the city of Oakland and Alameda County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1998 | SUE FOX
Faced with a legal claim against the city, the Calabasas City Council tentatively agreed Wednesday to buy pumps to siphon water away from a luxury home that was badly damaged by a February landslide. The decision comes in the midst of a complicated round of finger-pointing and negotiations over who is responsible for the damage and how to keep it from worsening with more rain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2007 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County supervisors restored a policy Tuesday that makes public many of the memos that county attorneys send supervisors when advising them to settle legal claims that cost the county millions of dollars each year. The supervisors did not rule out the possibility of making parts of the documents confidential in the future but said they needed a clearer explanation from their top attorney to justify such a move, which would reverse more than a decade of openness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2003 | Christine Hanley and Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writers
A former spokeswoman for Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas says she was fired after she challenged orders to blacklist certain reporters and serve the prosecutor's political image rather than the public's right to know. In a legal claim filed Wednesday against the district attorney's office -- a necessary first step to any lawsuit against a public agency -- Michelle Emard also alleges she was dismissed after she questioned why Deputy Dist. Atty.
NEWS
January 22, 1990 | DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. investigators have uncovered evidence to suggest that the fortune amassed by Manuel A. Noriega during his eight years in power may total as much as $300 million, according to Panamanian officials and U.S. sources here. Among hundreds of bank accounts and pieces of property worldwide now believed linked to the ousted dictator is a $27-million castle in the South of France held in the name of Vicky Amado, Noriega's 35-year-old mistress, the sources said.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2012 | By Chris O'Brien
Here's a nice holiday treat for the heirs of Steve Jobs. A dispute over the Apple founder's yacht has been resolved and the good ship Venus could soon be on its way to the United States.  According to Agence France-Press , the Jobs estate paid a deposit of an unspecified amount to designer Philippe Starck, who claimed he had not been paid all he was owed for his role in crafting the $127-million boat. "The Venus is no longer impounded; we have found a solution," Gerard Moussault, a lawyer for Jobs' heirs, told AFP on Monday. "A security deposit was paid into a bank account, but I cannot say for how much.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By David Zahniser
Attorneys for Los Angeles have recommended that the City Council pay $185,000 to settle a lawsuit over a car crash involving Councilman Jose Huizar, according to records and interviews. The payment stems from an incident in 2012, in which Huizar - driving a city-owned SUV - rear-ended a car driven by David Ceja, a former Huntington Park police officer. Humberto Guizar, Ceja's lawyer, described the payment as a compromise, saying that he could have "possibly gotten a seven-figure amount" had the case gone to trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A San Francisco firefighter who responded to the July 6 crash landing of an Asiana Airlines jetliner has filed a legal claim saying the city's fire department falsely identified her to the media as the person who killed a teenage crash survivor. Elyse Duckett, a 25-year veteran of the San Francisco Fire Department, filed the claim with the city, charging that the department tried to protect the firefighter who ran over 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, the San Francisco Chronicle reported . Ye, a Chinese high school student traveling to a Southern California summer camp, was alive when she was struck by an emergency vehicle responding to the burning Boeing 777 after the plane clipped a sea wall and slammed into a runway at San Francisco International Airport, officials have said.
NEWS
July 24, 2013 | By Karin Klein
There's nerviness -- that was Lance Armstrong denying for years that he had engaged in doping, aggressively insisting that the public and his sponsors should trust his word over whatever some of his colleagues in the sport were saying about him. Then there's chutzpah, the kind of eye-widening impudence that defies all our inner sense of logic and proportion. That would be Armstrong seeking to have a lawsuit against him thrown out on the grounds that his sponsors should have known all along that he was a liar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Victoria Kim and Kate Mather
Asiana Airlines said Wednesday it was scrapping plans to sue a Bay Area TV station for airing bogus pilot names, as the company itself faced mounting legal claims with two passengers filing a federal lawsuit faulting Asiana Flight 214's crew for the plane's crash-landing earlier this month. The airline said this week that it had hired counsel and intended to sue KTVU for broadcasting phony, racially charged names for the flight's four pilots, calling them derogatory. But the company said Wednesday that it had decided against legal action, based on its "determination to keep all of its resources dedicated to caring for the passengers and family members of Asiana flight 214 and supporting the investigation into the cause of the accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Unified School District on Wednesday offered to pay about $17 million to settle 40 legal claims involving a former Miramonte Elementary School teacher accused of committing lewd acts on children - but attorneys for the students say they plan to refuse the offers and take the claims to trial. The settlement offers, which expire in 30 days, would pay each of the alleged victims of former teacher Mark Berndt about $425,000, plaintiffs' lawyers said. All of those offered the settlements are represented by attorneys Luis Carrillo and Brian Claypool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
Long Beach police are searching for a motive after a homeless man allegedly set a 62-year-old man on fire in his sport utility vehicle. Raymond Sean Clark, 38, is accused of dousing the victim with a flammable substance while he was parked in front of a 7-Eleven store about 5 p.m. Friday, Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton told The Times. Eaton said a detective told him that a motive had not yet been established. There were reports that there had been an argument between Clark and the victim just before the attack, but Eaton said that had not been confirmed.
NATIONAL
August 18, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Marriott hotel chain abandoned its legal claim that a woman raped at gunpoint in its Stamford hotel parking garage, in front of her young children, had been careless and was partly at fault. The withdrawal followed days of backlash against Bethesda, Md.-based Marriott International Inc., which had claimed in its defense of a lawsuit by the woman that she had "failed to exercise due care for her own safety and the safety of her children and proper use of her senses and facilities."
BUSINESS
September 6, 1992
As a former Soviet citizen, I have been curious about the mystery surrounding the lives and deaths of Russia's so-called imperial family. "The Last Tsar" answered a few questions. However, no historian has brought out the fact that the post-Catherine II "Romanovs" had no legal claim to the throne. Why? Because the Romanov dynasty died with Peter III, the grandson of Peter I (the Great) and the husband of Catherine II. It is well documented that Peter III was sterile because of a bout with measles in his teens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano
A 13-year-old boy was killed and three other people were injured when their vehicle veered out of control on the Antelope Valley Freeway and crashed into an embankment, authorities said. The accident occurred about 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the northbound lanes of the 14 Freeway, just south of Avenue O, according to the California Highway Patrol. Peter Ramirez IV, 28, of Lancaster, was driving the 2007 Saturn ION when he lost control of the vehicle and collided with the dirt embankment, according to the CHP. The vehicle came to rest on its left side, pointing south.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
Long Beach police have identified a homeless man who police said set a 62-year-old man on fire in his sports utility vehicle. Raymond Sean Clark, 38, allegedly doused the victim with a flammable substance while he was parked in front of a 7-Eleven store about 5 p.m. Friday, said Sgt. Aaron Eaton of the Long Beach Police Department. Eaton said the incident happened at the intersection of Clark Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, and caused witnesses to rush to the victim's aid, but not before he was critically injured with burns over most of his body.
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