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April 30, 2013 | By Corina Knoll and Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
Pale and emaciated, Michael Jackson lay on his bed in his $100,000-a-month Holmby Hills mansion looking like an end-stage cancer patient who had come home to die. The scene inside the house where Jackson lived as he prepared for a comeback tour was described Tuesday in stark detail by Richard Senneff, the lead-off witness in a wrongful-death case brought by the pop legend's mother and three children against entertainment firm AEG. FOR THE...
October 9, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The Anaheim police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man in July, spurring unrest in the city, is an amateur boxer on the side who uses the nickname "Buckshot" when he is in the ring, according to an amended wrongful-death lawsuit filed against the city Tuesday. Anaheim police have declined repeated requests by The Times to identify the officer involved in the July 21 shooting, citing safety concerns. The incident was one of two fatal police shootings in Anaheim during that weekend that led to weeks of street protests and violence in Orange County's largest city.
May 18, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The parents of two USC graduate students slain near the campus last month have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university, saying the school misled them when it claimed that it ranks among the safest in the nation. Ming Qu and Ying Wu, both 23-year-old electronic engineering students from China, were fatally shot April 11 while sitting in a parked BMW in the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue. No arrests have been made, but Los Angeles police say they believe the killings were the result of a robbery gone wrong.
April 8, 2011
Francisco Castaneda spent nearly a year locked up in Southern California immigration detention centers while fighting his deportation case. During that time, the Salvadoran national pleaded with the medical staff to treat painful lesions on his penis. He filed grievances about the quality of care and even sought outside help. Department of Homeland Security health officials responded by giving him Ibuprofen and denying his request for a biopsy because it was considered "an elective procedure.
December 18, 2010 | By Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times
Long Beach police had ample time to identify themselves before shooting and killing a 35-year-old man holding a water nozzle, according to the findings of an investigation by the family's attorney. Police fatally shot Douglas Zerby, 35, on Sunday when they believed he posed a threat to their safety. Zerby was carrying a metal-tipped water nozzle and pointed it at officers, authorities said. They believed it to be a gun. FOR THE RECORD: Long Beach shooting: An article in the Dec. 18 LATExtra section about the shooting of Long Beach resident Douglas Zerby by police said that officers ordered Zerby to drop his weapon, which was actually a pistol-grip water nozzle.
September 3, 2010 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Two Pasadena police officers, whose names were kept secret after they shot and killed a parolee last year, were identified this week in federal court papers filed by an attorney representing the dead man's family. The officers who fatally shot 38-year-old Leroy Barnes Jr. during a traffic stop were identified as Charles Glen Reep and Michael Alvarado. Wednesday's filing, by attorney Edi M.O. Faal, came in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Barnes' family in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
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.
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."
December 4, 2008 | associated press
The family of a worker trampled to death in a crush of bargain hunters Friday at a Long Island Wal-Mart store filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Wednesday, alleging store ads offering deep discounts "created an atmosphere of competition and anxiety" that led to "crowd craze."
December 27, 2007 | Joel Rubin
Lawyers for relatives of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. are preparing for mediation talks in their wrongful death lawsuit against the city and several police officers. The rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was killed in a drive-by shooting in the Mid-Wilshire district in 1997. No arrests were made in the case, and family members filed suit in 2002 alleging that former Los Angeles Police Department officers and others in the rap industry had plotted to kill him.
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