CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2004 |
California first lady Maria Shriver was seated as a juror in a product liability trial that got underway Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court. Shriver was one of seven jurors selected to decide the case against the Keller Corp., a Florida company that manufactured extension ladders. The plaintiff, Leon B. Hudson, 57, of Riverside, says he suffered permanent arm and back injuries when a ladder he was descending collapsed as a result of a defective locking device.
December 2, 2003 |
By U.S. standards, Yoko Masuda isn't asking for much in damages for the death of her daughter, crushed by a wheel that rolled off a Mitsubishi Motors Corp. truck. Her suit against the company seeks $51,000 for the stress and high blood pressure she has suffered since her daughter, Shiho Okamoto, 29, was killed as she walked down a sidewalk in January 2002. "I feel as though a part of my body has been torn away," Masuda said, choking back tears.
November 26, 2003 |
A California appeals court, responding to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, reduced one of the largest punitive damage awards in a product liability case by more than 90% on Tuesday, continuing a string of rollbacks in jumbo jury verdicts. The $290-million punitive award against Ford Motor Co. was cut to $23 million by the 5th District Court of Appeal, the same court that earlier had upheld the jury verdict sought by plaintiffs to teach the automaker a lesson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2002 |
Gun manufacturers were not responsible for the actions of a white supremacist who killed a Filipino American postal worker after wounding five people at a Jewish community center in 1999, a Los Angeles federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins dismissed a damage suit brought by the mother of slain letter carrier Joseph S. Ileto and the parents of three children wounded when Buford O. Furrow Jr. sprayed the center with automatic weapons fire on Aug. 10, 1999.
February 1, 2002 |
A Superior Court jury ruled Thursday that Ford Motor Co.'s Explorer sport-utility vehicle is "defective by design," in what was thought to be the first time the auto maker was found liable for manufacturing and shipping a faulty Explorer model. A Barstow jury ruled 10 to 2 on Thursday evening in favor of Agop and Catherine Gozukara, whose four-door 1994 Ford Explorer rolled over on a California highway three months after they bought it in 1997.
November 12, 2000 |
Harry Pearce strode up to a makeshift stage at the Cadillac factory in this gritty burg in the midst of Detroit. Dapper in a gray suit, he clearly was from a different world than the factory workers who had gathered at dawn to see him. But though most of the union members and salaried workers in the plant had never seen him and knew little about him, they rose as one and gave a rousing standing ovation to the man who may one day be their company's chairman. Harry Pearce is back.
November 10, 2000 |
Settlement talks between Lorillard Tobacco Co. and attorneys for smokers suing the cigarette maker have broken down, the company's general counsel said, blaming "unreasonable" demands by the plaintiffs. Lorillard, a unit of Loews Corp., would have paid $7.5 billion to settle its liability under the agreement that was under discussion, said Lorillard's general counsel, Ron Milstein.
November 4, 2000 |
Lorillard Tobacco Co., the nation's fourth-largest cigarette maker, is negotiating a deal in which the company would pay about $7.5 billion over 30 years to settle punitive damage claims filed by thousands of smokers around the country, according to lawyers close to the case.
September 10, 2000 |
The pervasive practice of sealing product liability settlements from public view, even when doing so could jeopardize lives, is coming under new scrutiny as a result of last month's Firestone tire recall. The recall of 6.5 million tires came only after accidents and deaths had piled up for eight years. Many of these cases were kept out of the public eye because Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and the Ford Motor Co.
July 5, 2000 |
A Brazilian judge has ordered U.S. aerospace company Northrop Grumman Corp. to pay $1.1 million to the families of 45 victims of an October 1996 plane crash. "There is more than enough evidence that the accident was caused by a malfunctioning reverse thrust mechanism manufactured by Northrop," Judge Romulo Russo said Tuesday, a day after he handed down his decision in the class-action lawsuit.