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August 15, 1985
The Palo Alto drug company said it will fight the five suits, which seek more than $2.5 billion in punitive and compensatory damages from its subsidiary, Syntex Agribusiness, in Missouri state courts on behalf of 190 people claiming injury from a chemical called dioxin. The substance was manufactured by a now-defunct company called Northeastern Pharmaceutical & Chemical, which once leased part of a plant in Verona, Mo., owned by the subsidiary.
April 23, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Scores of people who suffered damage when the Powerhouse fire scorched stretches of northern Los Angeles County are suing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, alleging the utility started the massive blaze and failed to properly maintain power lines and equipment. The fire destroyed dozens of homes and burned more than 30,000 acres over the course of several days last year. U.S. Forest Service officials have estimated the cost of battling the blaze at more than $16 million.
January 12, 2000
The City Council on Tuesday approved the largest personal injury settlement it has ever paid: $19 million to the family of a woman who was permanently disabled after a city maintenance truck slammed into several cars on the Hollywood Freeway. Carol Adkins, a 44-year-old nursing teacher, remains in a "post-comative" condition, fed intravenously and able to communicate only by blinking. Doctors believe she has limited awareness. Her medical bills are $30,000 per month.
June 27, 2013 | By Eric Segall
For people wondering why the U.S. Supreme Court refused to decide the issues in the appeal of California's Proposition 8 case (Hollingsworth vs. Perry), here is a summary in lay person's terms. 1) Article III of the U.S. Constitution allows federal courts to hear only "cases" or "controversies" (in the legal sense), which is why federal courts are barred from issuing advisory opinions. 2) The Supreme Court has interpreted the words "cases" or "controversies" in Article III to require that every plaintiff in federal court, or every person appealing a federal court decision, must sustain a personal injury caused by the other side that can be helped by a favorable court decision.
January 12, 2001 | Reuters
G-I Holdings, formerly GAF Corp., sued a group of prominent personal injury lawyers for racketeering, alleging they schemed to flood U.S. courts with hundreds of thousands of asbestos cases regardless of the legitimacy of the claims. The suit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, names such well-known lawyers as Ronald Motley and Joseph Rice of the Charleston, S.C.
January 21, 1993 | JEFFREY S. KLEIN and LOUIS M. BROWN, Klein is an attorney and president of The Times Valley and Ventura County editions. Brown is professor of law emeritus at USC and chairman of the board for the National Center for Preventive Law
Many of the questions we receive from readers have to do with personal injury law: If you are hurt in an accident, who is at fault and who should be liable to compensate you for your injuries? If you are partially at fault, can you still collect? How much is your pain and suffering worth? Do you need a lawyer to pursue your case? When should you negotiate with the other party's insurance carrier directly?
October 2, 1997
John G. Fleming, 77, international author and educator on personal injury law. Fleming, best known for his durable textbook "The Law of Torts," taught on three continents, ending his career with more than three decades at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law. Born in Berlin, he was educated in England and during World War II served in the British Royal Tank Corps in North Africa and Italy. He began teaching law at Kings College, University of London.
October 12, 1985 | Associated Press
Awards won in personal injury lawsuits cannot be counted as income in determining eligibility for Aid to Families with Dependent Children, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. Like an insurance payment for a house fire, "personal injury awards serve to make one whole, in effect restoring one to the status quo before the injury was suffered," the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals said. "Income, on the other hand, represents a gain or profit."
October 15, 1987 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
The senior managing director of the Honda Motor Co. began weeping on the witness stand Wednesday when an attorney gave him a list containing 789 names of victims--about half of them children--who have died in accidents involving all-terrain vehicles like those built by his company. Superior Court Judge Ben Hamrick immediately called a recess to allow Tetsuo Chino time to compose himself.
After graduating from the Ventura College of Law in 1984, Robert Troy Caron spent the next decade developing a thriving personal-injury law practice. Some would say he had climbed to the highest level of that branch of the profession, figuratively as well as literally. His plush 16th-floor office is in Oxnard's 21-story Union Bank Tower, which stands above the fertile farmland of southwest Ventura County like an out-of-place monument to modernization. But Caron, 37, wanted to expand.
December 26, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
You'd be hard pressed to find a company that talks more about its "people-centric" management culture than Barry-Wehmiller, a privately owned manufacturer of industrial equipment. Barry-Wehmiller, which has $1.5 billion in annual sales, says it's all about fostering "personal growth" among its 7,000 employees, whom it calls "team members. " Its "Guiding Principles of Leadership" include the imperative to "treat people superbly and compensate them fairly. " (Italics are theirs.)
September 20, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Tears of Gaza" is both horrifying and frustrating. This documentary's goals are noble ones, but its execution is something else again. Norwegian director Vibeke Lokkeberg was motivated to make the film by watching television footage of the intense Israeli bombing of Gaza in 2008. Disturbed about the attacks on civilian targets and by Israel's refusal to allow outside crews into Gaza, she eventually contacted a handful of Palestinian cameramen who shot footage for her during the attacks, which she and her team later assembled.
August 23, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers on Wednesday moved to protect college athletes and child actors and to outlaw the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats. The hunting bill drew the most heated debate, dividing lawmakers along urban and rural lines as much as party lines. Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) called for an end to the "inhumane and savage" practice in which dogs are set loose to chase bears and bobcats until the prey are cornered in trees where a hunter can shoot them.
July 23, 2012
It's hard to go into a courthouse in Southern California without meeting at least one person who knows Mike Alder, the current President of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, and has a story to tell about him. Invariably, it's a complimentary one: "I saw him in trial last month and he was amazing"; "Mike tried a case in our courtroom six years ago and still stops by to say hello"; "he remembers the case I'm working on and asks me...
June 28, 2012
Over his career, Mark Hiepler has tried landmark cases that have garnered national media attention. His many record-setting verdicts have been featured on shows like 60 Minutes, 20/20 , Nightline and The Oprah Winfrey Show and placed on the cover of publications such asĀ  Time, Newsweek , the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal . But Hiepler's climb into the public light grew out of a very personal legal struggle:...
June 13, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Honda Motor Co. said it would recall approximately 50,000 of its 2012 Civic passenger cars in the U.S. to inspect the left drive shaft. The automaker said the driver's side drive shaft in some Civics might not have been properly assembled, potentially allowing it to separate from a joint while the car is being operated. If that happened, the engine would no longer propel the vehicle in any gear, and the vehicle might roll away if the parking brake has not been set when the gear selector has been placed in the park position, increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury, Honda said.
A five-year truce between trial lawyers and insurance interests collapsed Tuesday with the filing of a proposed 1994 ballot initiative designed to limit the fees personal injury attorneys can earn for winning lawsuits. The action appeared certain to renew the bruising and expensive political wars that until 1987 had dominated relations for decades between insurance companies and plaintiffs' attorneys. "California is the victim of lawsuit lunacy," said Barry Keene, president of the Assn.
Easily overcoming opposition by trial lawyers and consumer groups, the House on Friday approved a landmark legal reform bill that sets the first national rules for personal injury cases and promises to give businesses significant relief from costly litigation. By a 265-161 vote, the House endorsed the third and final element of the legal reforms proposed in the GOP "contract with America" legislative agenda.
June 12, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Honda Motor Co. said it will recall approximately 50,000 model-year 2012 Civic passenger cars in the U.S. to inspect the left drive shaft. The automaker said the driver's side drive shaft in some Civics might not have been properly assembled, potentially allowing it to separate from a joint while the car is being operated. If that happened, the engine would no longer propel the vehicle in any gear, and the vehicle might roll away if the parking brake has not been set when the gear selector has been placed in the park position, increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury, according to Honda.
February 22, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers should not be allowed to use the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to minimize their liability to Bryan Stow, attorneys for the injured San Francisco Giants fan argued Wednesday. The Dodgers, saying they should not be held liable for an attack they could not have predicted, have asked the Bankruptcy Court to throw out Stow's claim. Wednesday, Stow's attorneys asked the Bankruptcy Court to yield to Los Angeles Superior Court, where they filed a civil suit last May against team owner Frank McCourt, the Dodgers and related entities.
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