March 21, 2001 |
A federal judge Tuesday allowed a lawsuit by independent booksellers to proceed against Barnes & Noble Inc. and Borders Group Inc. The plaintiffs assert the chains receive illegal preferential treatment from publishers for secret deals and steep discounts. U.S. District Judge William Orrick Jr. set an April 9 trial in an antitrust suit brought by the New York-based American Bookseller Assn., which represents small, independent bookstores nationwide.
August 16, 2000 |
Few of the millions of shoppers who each day crowd into the retail canyons of big discounters such as Home Depot and Wal-Mart expect to be crushed in an avalanche of merchandise. But that's exactly what happened to Mary Penturff. The 79-year-old Santa Monica woman was looking for lattice to stake her morning glories in November at a Los Angeles Home Depot when a 19-year-old forklift operator accidentally tipped a load of lumber stacked several feet above her.
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July 21, 2000
Fisherman Greg Real won a $365,000 court award this week, but he says it really doesn't mean that much to him. Real, 35, a former sea-urchin diver, had stopped by an Oxnard Wal-Mart in 1997 to pick up some razor blades when a stack of hard plastic storage containers tumbled off a 7-foot-high shelf and knocked him unconscious. He was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with neck and back problems. He was told that if he ever dived again, he could become a quadriplegic.
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March 17, 2000 |
A 45-year-old Mexican pediatrician filed a $10-million lawsuit Thursday against the Marshalls department store chain alleging that she was brutalized by a security guard who believed she was trying to steal an $8 wallet from the company's Torrance store. Olga Veronica Flores, chief of pediatrics at the Hospital Infantil de Mexico, suffered humiliation, emotional distress and a fractured right wrist during the Feb. 23 confrontation at the Del Amo Fashion Center, according to the suit.
January 30, 1998 |
A store whose security guards unreasonably detain and search a customer cannot be sued under California civil rights laws, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Although private parties can be sued for such acts as assault and false imprisonment, the right to be free of illegal searches and seizures can be violated only by the government, the court said in a unanimous ruling.
January 23, 1998 |
The federal government announced a settlement Thursday of a discrimination case against Nob Hill Foods, owner of 27 markets in the Bay Area, calling for $1.3 million to be paid to women and minorities denied jobs and promotions. The settlement also includes goals of hiring about 175 women and minorities and promoting 70 to 75 women in the next 3 1/2 years, provisions that will bring the total value to more than $4 million, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission officials said.