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Others found not to blame for tenant’s fall through skylight

A jury found a homeowner's association, condominium owners, and a property manager were not to blame for a tenant's fall through a skylight. On July 4, 2012, Shirley Munro, then 48, went to the rooftop of her condominium complex and sat down on a skylight, which did not support her weight. She fell 40 feet and suffered lift-threatening injuries. Munro claimed Tiara Imperial Apartments Homeowners Association and the unit owners failed to properly keep people off the roof or install protective guards on the skylight. She also claimed Brent Heflin Realty Inc. was negligent in its safety inspections. Defense counsel claimed there were notices telling residents to stay off the roof and a reasonable person would not have sat on a skylight.
Munro v. Tiara Imperial Homeowners Association
Los Angeles County

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Jury finds roadway and railroad crossing not dangerous

A jury found the maintainers of a roadway and a railroad crossing were not liable for a motorcyclist's fatal crash. In 2014, Jamie Powell, 23, was riding his motorcycle on Harbor Driver, near 28th Street in San Diego, when his motorcycle began to jerk back and forth. The motorcycle then swerved between lanes and collapsed in the median. Powell was subsequently thrown into opposite lane of travel, where he was struck and killed. His parents claimed Powell struck one of the multiple potholes in the roadway and/or the railroad's deteriorated crossing panels, causing him to lose control and crash. Defense counsel claimed there was no proof Powell struck any of the alleged potholes or the section of the track that was allegedly degraded.
Powell v. BNSF Railway Co.
San Diego County

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Surgeon found not negligent in performance of breast surgery

A jury found a plastic surgeon was not negligent in the performance of a breast augmentation procedure. On May 5, 2014, Yasmine Temraz, then 35, underwent surgery with the intention of reducing her breast size. However, Temraz claimed her breasts actually seemed larger. She later discovered that her surgeon, Dr. Arian Mowlavi, used implants that were the same size, or larger than, the ones she had previously. She claimed she wanted her breast size to be reduced to a C cup, but Mowlavi failed to reduce her breasts as requested. Mowlavi claimed that it was understood that Temraz was not asking to be reduced to a C cup, but, rather, requested to be made "slightly smaller" and that she needed to wait for the swelling to go down.
Temraz v. Mowlavi
Orange County

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Largest California Settlements

(2017 only; based on cases reported to Verdict Search; excludes class actions and cases in which parties' names were not reported)
$23,500,000 Lee v. Pupil Transportation Cooperative (JPA) Los Angeles Co. May 18
$9,000,000 Choi v. State of California Los Angeles Co. Jan 30
$5,500,000 Petrov v. Alameda County Federal Apr 11
$5,000,000 Doe v. Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District San Luis Obispo Co. Jan 9
$4,705,054 Hernandez v. Las Vegas/L.A. Express Inc. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board Jun 8
$4,500,000 Gabat v. City of Los Angeles Los Angeles Co. May 10
$4,000,000 Ali v. Cisco Grove Campground & RV Park Inc Placer Co. Jun 24
$3,849,655 Urbano v. Burrtec Recovery & Transfer Workers' Compensation Appeals Board Jun 8
$3,432,805 Garcia v. Certified Coating Workers' Compensation Appeals Board Mar 2
$3,300,000 Berry v. County of Los Angeles Federal Jul 10