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March 25, 1998 | Associated Press
Riverside County has agreed to pay $350,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by relatives of a woman who died the night members of Riverside General Hospital's emergency room staff were overcome by mysterious fumes. The family of Gloria Ramirez sued the hospital and county officials, charging that doctors did not treat her correctly the night she died. They also contend that hospital officials failed to notify her in 1991 that a Pap smear showed she was developing cancer. Ramirez, 31, died Feb.
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August 22, 2001 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Operators of the controversial Riverside Freeway Express Lanes charged Tuesday that a Riverside County lawsuit against the tollway will cost taxpayers millions of dollars and delay any solution to the notorious congestion until the next decade.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1997 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Riverside County has agreed to pay a $740,000 settlement to two Mexican citizens who were clubbed by deputies in a notorious videotaped beating that followed an 80-mile chase of a pickup truck filled with suspected illegal immigrants. Alicia Sotero Vasquez and Enrique Funes Flores will each receive $370,000 under the terms of the settlement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The state Supreme Court this week refused to dismiss a lawsuit contending that privately owned toll lanes on the Riverside Freeway were built illegally and should be opened to all drivers. The suit, filed by Riverside County in March, alleges that the California Department of Transportation broke the law when it allowed the 10-mile tollway to be built on the freeway--land the county says should be reserved for the public. Caltrans and California Private Transportation Co.
NEWS
August 7, 1994 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Because there is never a dull moment, never a routine, a career in emergency room medicine beckoned Dr. Julie Gorchynski. Standing on her feet 12 hours a day was a small price to pay for the most exciting and challenging career she could imagine. But the 33-year-old physician said she never dreamed that emergency room work would send her into intensive care--the victim of a bizarre poisoning that forced her to undergo knee surgery and that, for now, has left her unable to stand.
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May 7, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Embattled Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Tracy Watson's lawsuit against his bosses, alleging that he was coerced into writing an incriminating report about his involvement in the baton beating of two illegal immigrants, is "absurd," according to the county's response filed Monday. Watson's federal lawsuit should be dismissed, the county argued, because the deputy was not deprived of his constitutional rights when he was ordered to write his report about the incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The state Supreme Court this week refused to dismiss a lawsuit contending that privately owned toll lanes on the Riverside Freeway were built illegally and should be opened to all drivers. The suit, filed by Riverside County in March, alleges that the California Department of Transportation broke the law when it allowed the 10-mile tollway to be built on the freeway--land the county says should be reserved for the public. Caltrans and California Private Transportation Co.
NEWS
January 8, 1988
Riverside County homeowners who live in housing tracts that have been split by a crack in the earth have filed two multimillion-dollar lawsuits against the county, Rancho California Water District and developers. The suits each ask for more than $25 million in damages. One was filed by 71 homeowners, the other by 51.
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August 4, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The emergency room physician who was most seriously injured in the so-called mystery fumes case in February said that she is preparing to make a $6-million claim against Riverside County. Dr. Julie Gorchynski said in a statement that she still does not know exactly what caused her injury--deterioration of her knee bones caused by a lack of blood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Efforts to abolish a private tollway on the notoriously clogged Riverside Freeway gained legal momentum Tuesday when a judge refused to kill a lawsuit that contends the 91 Express Lanes were built illegally. The ruling places the case on track for a jury trial. Jurors won't hear the matter any time soon though: Lawyers said trial preparations will take at least a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. filed a $100-million wrongful death claim Monday against the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and the city of Moreno Valley on behalf of the family of an unarmed man who had his hands up when he was fatally shot by an officer. Dante Ramon Meniefield, 23, was shot once in the head by Officer Robert Marks early on March 10 as Meniefield stood with a friend in a vacant apartment in Moreno Valley, a city of 140,000 about 70 miles east of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Efforts to abolish a private tollway on the notoriously clogged Riverside Freeway gained legal momentum Tuesday when a judge refused to kill a lawsuit that contends the 91 Express Lanes were built illegally. The ruling places the case on track for a jury trial. Jurors won't hear the matter any time soon though: Lawyers said trial preparations will take at least a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for the company that operates the controversial 91 Express Lanes will argue Tuesday for the dismissal of a potentially devastating lawsuit that seeks to open up the private toll lanes to nonpaying, public traffic. In a case that could affect more than 100,000 daily commuters, critics of the toll road contend that the tollway is operating illegally.
NEWS
March 25, 1998 | Associated Press
Riverside County has agreed to pay $350,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by relatives of a woman who died the night members of Riverside General Hospital's emergency room staff were overcome by mysterious fumes. The family of Gloria Ramirez sued the hospital and county officials, charging that doctors did not treat her correctly the night she died. They also contend that hospital officials failed to notify her in 1991 that a Pap smear showed she was developing cancer. Ramirez, 31, died Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1997 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Riverside County has agreed to pay a $740,000 settlement to two Mexican citizens who were clubbed by deputies in a notorious videotaped beating that followed an 80-mile chase of a pickup truck filled with suspected illegal immigrants. Alicia Sotero Vasquez and Enrique Funes Flores will each receive $370,000 under the terms of the settlement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1996
While his attorneys filed lawsuits in state and federal courts seeking damages for his injuries, an illegal immigrant involved in a violent encounter April 1 with Riverside County sheriff's deputies made a brief public appearance. Lawyers for Enrique Funes Flores, whose beating by Riverside deputies after a high-speed chase that ended in South El Monte was captured on videotape and generated international attention, said his treatment at the hands of the officers amounted to torture.
NEWS
May 7, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Embattled Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Tracy Watson's lawsuit against his bosses, alleging that he was coerced into writing an incriminating report about his involvement in the baton beating of two illegal immigrants, is "absurd," according to the county's response filed Monday. Watson's federal lawsuit should be dismissed, the county argued, because the deputy was not deprived of his constitutional rights when he was ordered to write his report about the incident.
NEWS
April 19, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff's Deputy Tracy Watson, one of two officers being investigated in the baton beating of two illegal immigrants April 1--is suing the department, charging that his superiors coerced him into writing a potentially self-incriminating report. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, asks for unspecified financial damages and demands that the report be kept out of the hands of investigators in Los Angeles who are considering criminal and civil charges against him.
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