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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2000
The Best Buy store chain has settled a federal lawsuit in which it was accused of refusing to hire a man who was scarred by burns over 80% of his body. Without admitting any wrongdoing, the company agreed to pay Mark Basham $25,000 and hire him as a product specialist in its West Los Angeles store. Best Buy also agreed to donate three complete computer systems to the Los Angeles County Fire Department for use by burn victims. The settlement was reached with the U.S.
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BUSINESS
January 23, 2004 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Troubled retailer Wet Seal Inc., which this week resolved a wage dispute involving contract factory workers, said Thursday that it had agreed to pay as much as $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit by California store managers who claimed they were wrongly denied overtime pay. Wet Seal admitted no wrongdoing in either case. Nonetheless, Chief Executive Peter D.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2001 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Westminster video-store owner who prompted massive demonstrations by displaying a Vietnamese flag and a portrait of communist leader Ho Chi Minh in his shop two years ago has lost a legal challenge of the city's response. U.S. District Court Judge Carlos R. Moreno this week granted the city's motion to quash the lawsuit filed last year by Truong Van Tran. The court concluded that Tran's constitutional rights were not violated, the judge wrote in an 11-page decision released Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1993 | ED BOND
On Burbank's San Fernando Road Wednesday afternoon, some were worried, some wanted to help, but when Chris Harris pulled out his microphone attached to a hidden tape recorder, they figured it was a setup. "Can I ask you a question?" Harris would ask, as his subject was helping a woman into a nearby wheelchair. Harris picked out 36 passersby to help him pick up a woman who apparently had fallen out of her wheelchair.
NEWS
January 23, 1998 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
January 30, 1998 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
August 16, 2000 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
August 8, 1985
A federal appeals court in New York upheld a lower court decision dismissing an antitrust suit brought by Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse against Federated. At the same time, the court reversed the dismissal of a breach of contract in the same suit against Esprit de Corp., a San Francisco clothing manufacturer.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
August 16, 2000 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2000
The Best Buy store chain has settled a federal lawsuit in which it was accused of refusing to hire a man who was scarred by burns over 80% of his body. Without admitting any wrongdoing, the company agreed to pay Mark Basham $25,000 and hire him as a product specialist in its West Los Angeles store. Best Buy also agreed to donate three complete computer systems to the Los Angeles County Fire Department for use by burn victims. The settlement was reached with the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2000 | JOHNATHON E. BRIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 30, 1998 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
February 20, 1990
Relatives of 13 people killed and 32 injured in the collapse of a department store will share a $33.1-million out-of-court settlement. The three-floor Amigo Store collapsed during a thunderstorm on July 7, 1988. A 14th person was killed, but relatives did not sue. The settlement came from the store, the city of Brownsville and several construction companies and materials suppliers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2000 | JOHNATHON E. BRIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 23, 1998 | From Associated Press
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1997
Ending a lawsuit over a petitioner's right to gather signatures in a supermarket parking lot, the Vons Cos. settled out of court Friday and agreed to pay a man $25,000. Altadena resident Arthur Logullo, 60, sued Vons and an individual store manager for false arrest last year after a South Pasadena Vons store manager made a citizen's arrest and called the police, charging that Logullo was trespassing while collecting ballot measure signatures in front of the store. Logullo's attorney, Dale L.
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