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January 6, 1995 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
GB Foods Corp. filed suit Thursday against the parent company of the Carl's Jr. fast-food chain, alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract and seeking more than $100 million in damages. In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, GB Foods, parent of the Green Burrito restaurant chain, alleges that Anaheim-based CKE Restaurants Inc. copied GB Foods' concept when it launched Picante Grill, an addition of Mexican-style menu items at a Carl's Jr.
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October 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman who claims she was permanently scarred after a hot pickle from a McDonald's hamburger fell on her chin is suing the restaurant for $110,000. Veronica M. Martin claims in a lawsuit filed in Knox County Circuit Court in Knoxville, Tenn., that the burn also caused her physical and mental pain. Her husband, Darrin, is seeking $15,000 for being "deprived of the services and consortium of his wife." In 1994, a New Mexico woman was awarded $2.
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May 25, 1994 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. government officials and civil rights advocates, hailing a "new partnership" dedicated to weeding out racism in commercial establishments, announced a record $54.4-million discrimination settlement with the Denny's restaurant chain Tuesday. The settlement, which earmarks $28 million for victims of discrimination at California Denny's restaurants, closes the book on two class-action lawsuits that became a modern version of the lunch-counter protests of the civil rights movement's early days.
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April 27, 2000 | BOBBY CUZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case held up by their attorneys as emblematic of pervasive exploitation in the service industry, eight former employees of a Koreatown restaurant filed a lawsuit Wednesday, alleging they had been subjected to long hours and poor working conditions while earning sub-minimum wages. Lawyers for the plaintiffs stressed that the complaint is not unique but rather just one instance of the widespread mistreatment of low-wage immigrant service workers.
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May 25, 1994 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. government officials and civil rights advocates, hailing a "new partnership" dedicated to weeding out racism in commercial establishments, announced a record $54.4-million discrimination settlement with the Denny's restaurant chain Tuesday. The settlement, which earmarks $28 million for victims of discrimination at California Denny's restaurants, closes the book on two class-action lawsuits that became a modern version of the lunch-counter protests of the civil rights movement's early days.
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March 25, 1993 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Denny's restaurants were accused Wednesday in a federal class-action lawsuit of imposing cover charges on black patrons, forcing them to pay in advance and other acts of discrimination. The suit charged that Denny's also had refused service to some African-Americans, subjected them to derogatory remarks and refused to honor their requests for its free "birthday meal" offer.
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July 3, 1993 | From Associated Press
A judge on Friday refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Denny's that adds to the growing list of racial discrimination allegations made by customers of the national restaurant chain. U.S District Judge James Ware reached his decision one day after the parent company of Denny's promised to generate $1 billion in minority business opportunities over seven years.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1993 | JAMES M. GOMEZ and ANNE MICHAUD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a new allegation of racial discrimination at Denny's, five San Diego African-Americans--including a Navy officer and a Democratic Party official--have filed a $10-million federal discrimination lawsuit against two Southland restaurants. The suit, filed Thursday in U.S District Court in Santa Ana, charges that employees at Denny's in Costa Mesa and San Diego denied "African-American citizens the ability to use and enjoy public accommodations on the same basis as white persons."
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May 9, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nineteen people, including a former NBC creative executive and crew members from the TV show "Frasier," were awarded $431,000 by a jury which concluded that Jerry's Famous Deli in Studio City sent them contaminated turkey takeout that sickened them with salmonella. Lawyers had sought as much as $1.5 million in compensatory damages for pain and suffering, medical costs and lost wages.
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November 18, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County nurse who bit into a chicken burrito and chewed on a bloody bandage sued Wahoo's Fish Tacos in Lake Forest, where a part-owner of the chain on Friday apologized and called it "a mistake that shouldn't have happened." In a lawsuit filed this week, Anne Wutschke said she and her husband had gone to Wahoo's in November, 1994, and she "was eating the burrito [when] she felt a foreign substance in her mouth.
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May 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Five black customers have filed a discrimination lawsuit against a Denny's restaurant, saying they were seated behind a partition and ignored by waitresses. The restaurant chain denied any wrongdoing. The five filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Orlando, WESH-TV reported. The black customers said they were ignored while several customers came in and were served. When the black customers were finally served, their waitress got their order wrong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nineteen people, including a former NBC creative executive and crew members from the TV show "Frasier," have been awarded $431,000 by a jury, which concluded that Jerry's Famous Deli in Studio City sent them contaminated turkey takeout that sickened them with salmonella. Lawyers had asked for as much as $1.5 million in compensatory damages for pain and suffering, medical costs and lost wages.
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May 9, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nineteen people, including a former NBC creative executive and crew members from the TV show "Frasier," were awarded $431,000 by a jury which concluded that Jerry's Famous Deli in Studio City sent them contaminated turkey takeout that sickened them with salmonella. Lawyers had sought as much as $1.5 million in compensatory damages for pain and suffering, medical costs and lost wages.
BUSINESS
December 18, 1997 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Did the owners of a popular string of Peruvian restaurants work their immigrant employees up to 14 hours a day for no pay? Or were they simply the victims of some lousy lawyering? The fate of the family-owned El Pollo Inka restaurant chain may depend on the answer, after a federal judge this week awarded three former waiters at the Southland chicken restaurants $1.1 million in back wages and damages. U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins entered the judgment Monday after El Pollo Inka Inc.
BUSINESS
November 27, 1997 | Bloomberg News
Morton's Restaurant Group said it will take a fourth-quarter pretax charge of at least $1.1 million after a federal jury in California awarded damages to a former employee of the restaurant chain.
BUSINESS
July 23, 1997 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, lawyers for the 48-year-old Tortilla Flats restaurant have been firing off warnings to rivals that use its trademark "Taco Tuesday" promotional slogan. On Tuesday, the Mexican restaurant's owners escalated their battle, filing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit attempting to banish the phrase from the advertising and menus of eight competitors once and for all.
BUSINESS
August 11, 1993 | From Reuters
Foodmaker Inc. said Tuesday it has reached settlements with franchisees representing about 90% of Jack in the Box restaurants over a lawsuit filed by the chain's national franchise association last month. In July, a number of franchisees sued Foodmaker over a bacterial food illness in the Pacific Northwest in January. Some 500 people were reported stricken by the illness, and three children died--two as the result of eating tainted meat.
NEWS
June 20, 1997 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a seven-year court battle between a giant corporation and two penniless environmentalists, Goliath McDonald's won the lawsuit Thursday; David (and Helen) won the McWar. In a landmark case, the international hamburger giant won a libel victory against small fry David Morris and Helen Steel, who had distributed leaflets saying the company sold unhealthy food and exploited workers, among other claims.
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June 20, 1997 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a seven-year court battle between a giant corporation and two penniless environmentalists, Goliath McDonald's won the lawsuit Thursday; David (and Helen) won the McWar. In a landmark case, the international hamburger giant won a libel victory against small fry David Morris and Helen Steel, who had distributed leaflets saying the company sold unhealthy food and exploited workers, among other claims.
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