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January 23, 1998
A $400-million civil lawsuit stemming from the huge Orange County bankruptcy has been transferred to Ventura County after a judge ruled that a neutral venue was needed to try the case. But Ventura County officials said Thursday that they are uncertain whether the case belongs in their jurisdiction, and may try to bounce it back to Orange County if the proper procedures have not been followed.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2010 | By Scott Timberg
When, one evening in 1976, Philip K. Dick invited Tim Powers to his Fullerton apartment, the Cal State student expected the kind of night he often passed with the science-fiction titan: a wide-ranging conversation, fueled by wine and beer, about religion, philosophy and Beethoven. The night began the usual way. But it took a strange turn as Dick's wife, Tessa, and her brother began grabbing lamps and chairs. "She and her brother were carrying things out of the house," recalls Powers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ
A $15-million, wrongful-death lawsuit was filed Wednesday on behalf of a Garden Grove widow and her two children against Orange County and Sheriff Brad Gates, contending that violence-prone deputies fatally shot her husband in Stanton in March. In the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Melissa Collins blames the Sheriff's Department for the death of her husband, Kenneth Wade Collins, 28, outside a convenience store on March 28.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2004 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Orange County officials and tax activists squared off before a state appellate panel Wednesday in a battle over a commonly used method for assessing property values in California -- a case that could lead to an estimated $10 billion in tax refunds statewide. A three-judge panel listened to more than 90 minutes of arguments before taking the matter under submission. The court must issue a ruling within 60 days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Environmentalists opposed to the controversial San Joaquin Hills tollway were biding their time, waiting for the right moment to take their case against the 15-mile, $793-million project before a federal judge. But tollway officials, seeking to derail their longtime nemeses and speed construction, have hit upon an unusual but not unprecedented tactic.
NEWS
January 30, 1998 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending the only federal case against a brokerage linked to Orange County's bankruptcy, a Wall Street firm and two employees agreed Thursday to pay $870,000 to settle charges they failed to disclose the risks of investing in county bonds. The Securities and Exchange Commission had accused C.S. First Boston Corp. of intentional fraud and reckless conduct in helping the county sell $110 million in pensions bonds just before it declared bankruptcy in December 1994.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1994 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 26 years it's been a fall ritual. Drawn by promises of camaraderie and good food, as many as 500 hunters and their friends--including some prominent Orange County citizens--pay $75 for tickets to the Wild Game Feed barbecue near Irvine Lake where they play volleyball, toss horseshoes and eat such game as antelope, boar, elk, mountain goat, buffalo and caribou. Publicized only by word of mouth, the all-male gathering has raised thousands for charity.
BUSINESS
July 15, 1990 | JONATHAN WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To hear the cable television companies tell it, Orange County Tax Assessor Bradley Jacobs is picking on cable TV. The cable companies claim that Jacobs' method of determining the value of property for tax purposes is using the industry as a test case for a new assessment procedure that will eventually hit all businesses. But Jacobs, who won't comment publicly on the cable industry's charges, is no renegade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1994 | RUSS LOAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An Orange County Superior Court judge on Friday barred most of the written statements of two Irvine Ranch Water District board candidates from the county's November sample ballot, siding with two incumbents who claimed the statements amounted to a "hit piece" against them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1997 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once hostile adversaries, Orange County Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi and Merrill Lynch & Co. now find themselves unlikely allies as they fight to deny public release of 5,000 pages of grand jury transcripts. For 2 1/2 years, Capizzi's office and the Wall Street brokerage have sparred over the district attorney's attempt to assemble evidence that Merrill officials violated state laws as they helped Orange County borrow and gamble itself into bankruptcy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Nearly a decade after the largest mass arrest in Orange County history, county supervisors have paid $280,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by more than 100 laborers jailed during a bitter strike by drywall workers. The settlement--the highest civil rights payout against the Sheriff's Department in years--closes the final chapter in a legal saga involving the 1992 detention of a convoy of drywallers accused of conspiring to kidnap replacement workers. Deputies jailed 153 of the strikers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A motel owner and 160 of his long-term tenants are suing the city of Anaheim, challenging the constitutionality of city limits on how long motel residents can stay at one spot. This is the third suit to challenge Anaheim's policy requiring certain motel owners to evict tenants after 30 days, but this one has a twist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An environmental group has sued Orange County for approving a golf course on environmentally sensitive land, some of which is part of a preserve for imperiled species such as the coastal California gnatcatcher. Friends of the Arroyo alleges that the county illegally gave a subsidiary of Rancho Mission Viejo Co. permission to build a 230-acre golf course without adequately evaluating and minimizing environmental harm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An environmental group has sued Orange County for approving a golf course on environmentally sensitive land, some of which is part of a preserve for imperiled species such as the coastal California gnatcatcher. Friends of the Arroyo alleges that the county illegally gave a subsidiary of Rancho Mission Viejo Co. permission to build a 230-acre, 18-hole golf course without adequately evaluating and minimizing environmental harm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2001 | ANA BEATRIZ CHOLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Laguna Niguel woman who was acquitted of murder in the death of her son three years ago has filed a $25-million lawsuit in federal court, alleging that overzealous prosecutors and sheriff's deputies violated her civil rights. Shantae Molina alleges that Orange County sheriff's deputies intimidated her throughout their investigation and that county prosecutors were malicious and unfair during the trial. Armani Shyloh Contreras was 8 months old when he was shot in the head Oct. 16, 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A Superior Court judge ordered Orange County to pay $85,000 in attorney fees in a civil case brought by an anti-airport coalition. The group had won a settlement in January from the county over its hiring of a Carlsbad attorney to do pro-airport legal work. Attorney Michael Gatzke's work had been challenged by the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority, a coalition of nine South County cities opposed to plans for a commercial airport at the closed Marine base.
NEWS
June 15, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The jury seemed spellbound as the attorney, Christopher B. Mears, passionately pleaded his case. "Does he not bleed?" Mears asked, motioning to his client, Mashone Bonner, a homeless man who was suing the city of Santa Ana because maintenance workers had seized his personal belongings and thrown them away during a 1989 sweep of the Civic Center. "Does he not cry? Of course he does; he cried on the (witness) stand," Mears continued in his closing argument. "Does he not feel pain?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1987 | JANE APPLEGATE, Times Staff Writer
A Garden Grove woman, contending that Orange County officials removed two foster daughters from her home after learning that her mother had died of AIDS, filed suit Thursday in Los Angeles federal court against the county Social Services Agency, seeking reinstatement of her foster care license and $10 million in damages. "I want my kids back and my life back together," Cynthia Chinchilla said at a press conference in Los Angeles.
NEWS
April 8, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A little-publicized beating case that led to the first criminal convictions in memory for brutality at the Orange County Jail threatens to come back to haunt the county--and possibly taxpayers as well. The case involves an inmate who was repeatedly kicked and punched by jail officials. Unlike the flurry of beating allegations to hit the Sheriff's Department in recent years, investigators quickly determined Leonard Mendez's allegations had merit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At her zenith, developer Kathryn G. Thompson was near the top of Orange County's hierarchy of home builders. The construction company that bore her name built more than 12,000 homes, apartments and condominiums in California. Now, according to a lawsuit filed against her in March, the county wants Thompson to repay more than $1 million outstanding from a loan made in 1993. The predicament also is prompting county supervisors to take a hard look at how the loan was approved.
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