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BUSINESS
August 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Ford Motor Co. won reversal of a $52-million punitive-damages verdict awarded to the parents of a 3-year-old boy killed when a pickup truck ran over him. Walter White's parents said a defective parking brake caused the Ford F-350 pickup to move as their son fell out of the truck in 1994. A Nevada federal court jury awarded the sum in a 2004 retrial of the punitive-damages portion of the Whites' lawsuit. A federal appeals court in San Francisco ordered a third trial on the punitive-damages
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2007 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
In the latest bizarre court case involving the Los Angeles Fire Department, a jury has awarded $3.75 million to a male fire captain who said he was retaliated against for not making training exercises easier for women. Fire Capt. Frank Lima alleged in his lawsuit against the city that he was told by superiors that he shouldn't hold women to the same standards as men. The reason: The Fire Department was under pressure from City Hall to increase the number of women within its ranks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
O.J. Simpson must give any money a Florida lawyer is holding for him to the family of murder victim Ronald Goldman to help satisfy a multimillion-dollar wrongful death judgment, a judge has ruled. An L.A. County Superior Court judge said Tuesday that "any and all monies, accounts receivable and all other rights to payment" held by attorney Leonardo D. Starke for Simpson must be assigned to Goldman's father, Fred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
A federal jury Thursday awarded $210,000 in punitive damages to a former Los Angeles County Jail inmate who said sheriff's deputies repeatedly assaulted him in 1998. The verdict, returned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Walsh in Los Angeles, came two days after jurors awarded inmate Anthony Albert Jimenez $155,000 as compensation for his injuries. Jimenez contended that deputies assaulted him on three dates at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility near downtown Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) has introduced a bill to speed up federal benefit payments to former workers of Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Laboratory who can link their illnesses to their jobs at the onetime Department of Energy facility. In the last seven years, 355 former employees have filed 677 benefit claims against the DOE, but only 56 claims have been paid, according to Gallegly's office. The claims were filed under the Energy Employees Illness Compensation Act.
SPORTS
May 9, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Former jockey Laffit Pincay was awarded a judgment of $2.7 million by a jury in Pasadena on Monday, the culmination of a lawsuit against Huntington Ambulance regarding the spill that ended his career more than four years ago. Pincay, 60, had reached an out-of-court settlement early last year with Santa Anita and the physician's assistant who treated him immediately after the accident on March 1, 2003, during a race on the hillside turf course at the Arcadia track.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A federal judge signed off on a $1.52-billion jury verdict in favor of Alcatel-Lucent in a digital music patent dispute against Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. U.S. District Court Judge Rudi M. Brewster in San Diego entered his judgment Monday, concluding that Microsoft's Windows Media Player software infringed patents owned by the Paris-based company.
NATIONAL
May 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A settlement for the family of a teenager who died after being roughed up by guards at a state-supervised boot camp won legislative approval and was sent to the governor. Gov. Charlie Crist had encouraged the effort to compensate the family of Martin Lee Anderson, who died in January 2006 shortly after being kneed, struck and having ammonia tablets held to his nose at the military-style facility run by the Bay County Sheriff's Office in Panama City.
WORLD
April 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Chinese slave laborers forced to work in Japan during World War II lost their bid for compensation when Japan's Supreme Court overturned a landmark ruling that had ordered a Japanese company to pay them. In 2004, the Hiroshima High Court ordered Nishimatsu Construction Co. to pay a total of $230,000 to five Chinese. Nishimatsu argued that the statute of limitations had expired.
WORLD
April 13, 2007 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
Almost a year after a massive flood of mud began, the Indonesian government is set to pay a share of the massive bill, pledging at least $275 million to repair the damage from the disaster that just won't stop. Thick muck has spewed over hundreds of families' homes as well as their rice fields, factories and roads since May, when a natural-gas drilling project went wrong in Sidoarjo, which, like Jakarta, the capital, is on the island of Java.
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