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October 18, 2009
Re: "After Loss, a Push to Change Rules," Oct. 8: Hilda Sarkisyan, on behalf of her daughter -- dead because of her insurer's denial of a liver transplant -- seeks to jettison the infamous 1974 ERISA provisions, which shield insurers from wrongful-death suits. There may be an additional remedy: citizen's arrest for homicide or wrongful death of politicians blocking access to universal health coverage. A recent Harvard study indicates that nearly 45,000 Americans die each year because of lack of health insurance and care.
April 24, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
The family of a Transportation Security Administration officer slain in a shooting at LAX has filed a claim against the city, alleging the wrongful death of Gerardo Hernandez and seeking damages in excess of $25 million. The claim, filed April 16, can be a precursor to a civil lawsuit. The family alleges in the claim that city agencies failed to protect Los Angeles International Airport. The claim says city employees "failed in the performance of their duties which created a dangerous lapse in security" that led to Hernandez's death and delayed medical care to the injured.
July 18, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Michael Jackson's mother is slated to take the stand Friday for the first time in the wrongful-death suit she and her late son's three children brought against the company that was promoting the singer's ill-fated comeback tour. Katherine Jackson, 83, and her grandchildren -- Prince, Paris and Blanket -- have sued AEG Live, saying the entertainment giant negligently hired and controlled the physician who gave the singer a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol in 2009, days before his "This Is It" tour was to open in London.
March 5, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - The family of a hospital patient found dead in an emergency stairwell 17 days after she vanished from her room has filed a wrongful death claim against San Francisco, which owns and operates the medical facility. The claim, a precursor to a lawsuit when a governmental body is named as a defendant, was filed by the son and daughter of Lynne Spalding, 57, who entered San Francisco General Hospital on Sept. 19 and was found dead in a hospital emergency stairwell on Oct. 8. The claim describes a calamitous array of errors by the hospital and the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, which provides security for San Francisco General.
April 29, 2013 | By Corina Knoll and Jeff Gottlieb
Silvia Gusmami and Laura Messina jetted in from Italy just for a chance to watch the Michael Jackson wrongful-death case, joining other fans at a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Monday who jockeyed for two lottery seats being made available to the public for the opening day of the trial. The two women said they spent last week watching attorneys pick jurors in the case, which is expected to last as long as four months. The case, in which Jackson's mother and children have accused entertainment giant AEG of hiring and controlling the doctor who gave the pop singer a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol, is expected to dive into the sensational elements of the entertainer's life.
March 21, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
In a case that heightened long-simmering tensions between Los Angeles police and residents of one of the city's most troubled housing projects, a federal jury has awarded $3.2 million to the survivors of a Ramona Gardens man who died after an altercation with officers. The civil judgment in the wrongful-death case, reached Monday, comes five years after 31-year-old Mauricio Cornejo, a wanted parolee described by police as a known gang member, was pronounced dead in a holding cell at the Hollenbeck police station.
October 8, 2009 | Lisa Girion
Surrounded by supporters, Hilda Sarkisyan marched into Cigna Corp.'s Philadelphia headquarters on a chilly fall day, 10 months after the company refused to pay for a liver transplant for her daughter. "You guys killed my daughter," the diminutive San Fernando Valley real estate agent declared at the lobby security desk. "I want an apology." What she got was something quite different. Cigna employees, looking down into the atrium lobby from a balcony above, began heckling her, she said, with one of them giving her "the finger."
May 15, 1986
Raymond and Shirley Ann Nicholson of Duarte, whose son was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy, have agreed to a $175,000 settlement of their wrongful death lawsuit against Los Angeles County. The five-year-old lawsuit had sought punitive damages for loss of love, affection and the comfort of their son, said the Nicholsons' attorney, Howard Shelton. Raymond Nicholson Jr., then 20, died Oct.
The widow of a man who was fatally injured in an electrical explosion at a Chatsworth frozen food company has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company and the maker of its electrical equipment. Hazel Ann Schaefer is suing Chef America for an unspecified amount, alleging that the company used defective electrical equipment and caused the death of her husband, Keith Schaefer, 60.
March 26, 2010 | By Maura Dolan
The mother of a boy who collapsed at an unsupervised high school party and later died has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the hosts, their parents and a teenager who purchased alcohol with false identification. Marianne Payne, mother of Joe Loudon, 16, said in the lawsuit that his death last April was caused by negligence on the part of the students who provided alcohol and of the hosts' mother and stepfather, Isabel and Scott Hamilton, who were out of town when the party was held without their permission.
February 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
More than a year after the death of Latin music superstar Jenni Rivera, controversy and accusations continue to surround the circumstances of her death. The latest salvo comes from Rivera's husband, former Major League Baseball player Esteban Loaiza, who filed a wrongful-death suit against the owners of the aircraft that crashed with Rivera aboard, the Associated Press reported Friday. Loaiza was separated from Rivera at the time of her death but seeks unspecified damages. The suit, according to the Associated Press, names the  plane's owners, Starwood Management LLC and its parent company, Rodatz Financial Group.  Rivera, a native of Long Beach, and six others, including two pilots, died Dec. 9, 2012, when the private jet carrying them went into a dive, plummeting nose-first 28,000 feet in 30 seconds before hitting the side of a mountain.
January 4, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A Los Angeles judge heard arguments Friday over her tentative ruling this week denying Katherine Jackson's request for a new trial against entertainment giant AEG Live in the death of her son, Michael Jackson. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos took the case under submission following the morning hearing, which came three months after jurors decided AEG was not responsible for Jackson's death. Palazuelos issued her tentative 44-page ruling Thursday. When the judge makes her final decision, the parties will have 30 days to file an appeal.
October 10, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger and Jerry Hirsch
A Los Angeles County jury handed Toyota Motor Corp. a significant legal victory Thursday, clearing it of responsibility in a 2009 crash of a Camry that accelerated out of control, killing the driver. But in a surprising twist, the jury also handed down a $10-million verdict against a codefendant who was driving a second vehicle that broadsided the sedan, setting the gruesome accident in motion. After six days of deliberation, jurors rejected the theory that Toyota had a hand in the death of Noriko Uno. She was killed in Upland after her Camry suddenly accelerated, hitting a telephone pole and a tree, nearly cutting the vehicle in half.
September 23, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
After nearly five months of testimony, much of it focused on the mental and physical health of one of the world's most celebrated entertainers, the Michael Jackson wrongful death case moved closer to a verdict Monday as the judge read her instructions to jurors. The Jackson family's attorneys will give their closing arguments Tuesday, followed the next day by lawyers for concert producer and promoter AEG. On Thursday, the Jacksons' lawyers will do their rebuttal. After that, the case will be in the hands of the jurors.
September 23, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Brian Panish was indignant as the two men argued in the judge's chambers. "Judge," the Michael Jackson family attorney snapped, "if I want to give him the finger, I know how to give him the finger. " "And you did it quite well twice," replied Marvin Putnam, an attorney for entertainment giant AEG. Panish denied doing any such thing but added, "If he wants me to give him the finger, I'm happy to do that. " The trial over whether a division of one of America's most powerful entertainment conglomerates is liable in the death of a legendary pop star has been filled with testimony about Jackson's drug use, his physical and mental deterioration and his growing fears as a comeback tour approached.
May 8, 1999
A jury cleared three Azusa police officers Friday in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a Duarte man whom the officers shot to death during a July 1997 confrontation. Fernando Hernandez, 28, was shot several times July 2, 1997, when the officers responded to a report of a man with a knife walking toward the Police Department. Azusa Police Sgts. Andrew Sutcliffe and Frank Gilbert Chavez and Det.
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