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October 13, 2007 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
A mother who sued an Artesia motel after her two young daughters were exposed to a pornographic film on television was awarded $85,000 by a jury Friday. In August 2006, Edwina McCombs of Nashville was visiting Southern California with her daughters, who were 8 and 9 at the time. On Aug. 6, the family stayed at Value Lodge at 11854 Artesia Blvd. McCombs went to take a bath while the girls were watching a children's TV show.
October 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A jury levied a $134.5-million judgment against pharmaceutical giant Wyeth in a lawsuit filed by three Nevada women who claimed the company's hormone replacement drugs caused their breast cancer. It was the largest award to date against the Madison, N.J.-based company, which faces about 5,300 similar lawsuits in state and federal courts. All involve the drugs Premarin, an estrogen replacement, and Prempro, a combination of estrogen and progestin.
October 8, 2007 | Tina Susman and Raheem Salman, Times Staff Writers
The widow of an Iraqi vice presidential guard killed last year by a Blackwater USA employee said Sunday that she had yet to receive compensation, and Iraq's government concluded that a shooting last month by the private security firm's guards was unjustified. A statement from government spokesman Ali Dabbagh said that a commission formed by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki to investigate the Sept.
September 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
chicago -- A jury awarded $19 million Monday to a 13-year-old boy who suffered severe brain injuries when a television fell on his head at school. A TV bolted to a stand toppled onto the child at St. Genevieve School on Oct. 30, 2003, when the boy, then 9, tugged on it, said Steve Passen, who represented the boy in the lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Chicago. "It was highly unsteady and unsafe to be around children -- that's the bottom line," Passen said.
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
August 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
O.J. Simpson must pay the family of murder victim Ronald Lyle Goldman any money he earns from a video game featuring his likeness to satisfy a $38-million wrongful death judgment, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday. The game, "All-Pro Football 2K8," features Simpson's likeness playing as one of 240 former football greats. The judge ordered any funds be turned over to Goldman's father, Fred.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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