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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Michael Jackson's mother and three children have filed a motion for a new trial in their wrongful-death case, which ended 2 1/2 months ago when jurors found concert promoter AEG Live not liable for the singer's overdose death. Much of the Jacksons' motion, filed in Superior Court on Thursday, relies on sworn statements from four jurors who indicated that they found the verdict form confusing. The 12 jurors had to answer yes to five questions in order to find AEG liable. PHOTOS: Michael Jackson | 1958-2009 Jurors agreed that AEG Live had hired Dr. Conrad Murray, who administered the fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to Jackson.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives
Angela Spaccia, the city of Bell's former second in command, was handcuffed and taken into custody Monday evening, minutes after a jury convicted her on 11 counts of misappropriating public funds and other corruption charges. As the verdict was read, Spaccia's family held hands and cried. Spaccia, however, showed little emotion. She did not shed any tears, even as she was being handcuffed. The stoicism was a marked contrast to the seven days she spent on the witness stand. She cried several times then, usually when talking about family tragedies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of Angela Spaccia, the former Bell assistant city administrator accused of public corruption. Court officials said the jury would be read as soon as the defendant and prosecutors were gathered in the courthouse. Spaccia is being tried on 13 counts of felony corruption, including misappropriation of public funds. Prosecutors contended she and her boss, Robert Rizzo, raided the town's treasury by giving themselves huge salaries and extraordinary retirement benefits even as the city was starting to run out of money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2013 | By Hector Beccera
A civil court jury Monday returned a $1.1-million verdict against the city of Los Angeles, finding in favor of a black firefighter who said he had been discriminated against during a nearly three-decade career because of his race. The verdict comes after 16 days of deliberations - and six years after another jury ruled against Jabari S. Jumaane, who alleged a pattern of racial bias, harassment and retaliation in the Los Angeles Fire Department when he worked as a fire inspector. That decision was overturned after an appeals court granted a new trial, agreeing that there had been jury misconduct in the original case.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America, West are backing actor Junie Hoang's appeal of the verdict in her age discrimination lawsuit against the entertainment industry website IMDb. In 2011, Hoang sued IMDb and its parent company Amazon in federal court, alleging they improperly disclosed her age in her profile on the website. In April, a jury ruled in favor of IMDb and found that the company did not violate its privacy policy in connection with Hoang, who is appealing the ruling on the grounds she did not get a fair trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By James Barragan
A jury has awarded $150 million to a 13-year-old Riverside girl whose family burned to death four years ago when their SUV slammed into the back of a truck that was illegally parked on a freeway. Kylie Asam and her then-11-year-old brother survived the Nov. 22, 2009, accident by crawling out a broken rear window. Their mother, father and another brother were killed before they were able to get out of their GMC Yukon. The family was on its way to visit relatives in Oregon for Thanksgiving.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By James Barragan
A jury has awarded $150 million to a 13-year-old Riverside girl whose family burned to death four years ago when their SUV slammed into the back of a truck that was illegally parked on a freeway. Kylie Asam and her older brother survived the Nov. 22, 2009, accident by crawling out a broken rear window. Their mother, father and another brother were killed before they were able to get out of their GMC Yukon. The family was on its way to visit relatives in Oregon for Thanksgiving.
AUTOS
October 25, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Facing the potential of paying millions of dollars in punitive damages after losing an Oklahoma sudden acceleration lawsuit, Toyota Motor Corp. quickly reached a settlement with the plaintiffs. On Thursday, an Oklahoma City jury found that faulty electronic systems in a Camry sedan caused it to accelerate out of control and crash, killing one woman and injuring another. The jury ordered Toyota to pay $1.5 million in compensatory damages to the driver of the vehicle, Jean Bookout, and an additional $1.5 million to the family of Barbara Schwarz, who was killed in the crash.
AUTOS
October 25, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch and Ken Bensinger
Toyota Motor Corp.'s first loss in a sudden acceleration case, in an Oklahoma courtroom this week, could embolden attorneys nationwide who are looking to bring hundreds of similar cases. Worse for the Japanese automaker, the verdict centered on the company's electronics, which have been a focus for plaintiffs seeking to prove safety defects in the company's cars. Toyota on Friday confirmed that it had reached a confidential settlement in the lawsuit, which involved the fatal 2007 crash of a Camry.
AUTOS
October 24, 2013 | Ken Bensinger and Jerry Hirsch
An Oklahoma City jury has found that electronic defects in a Toyota Motor Corp. vehicle caused it to accelerate out of control and crash into a wall, killing a passenger and seriously injuring the driver. The verdict, handed down late Thursday, requires Toyota to pay a total of $3 million in compensatory damages to Jean Bookout and the family of the deceased passenger, Barbara Schwarz. They were the sole occupants of a 2005 Camry that crashed in Eufaula, Okla., in September 2007.
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