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Jury awards $10M to supervisor fired for taking medical leave
A jury awarded $10 million to a supervisor who was terminated shortly after returning from medical leave. In June 2013, Mark Flores, then 56, returned to work at Office Depot following a medical leave and was placed on a performance improvement plan (PIP) four days later. He was ultimately fired in August 2013. Flores claimed he angered his supervisor for taking medical leave and for complaining about the supervisor's desire to "performance mange out" two older employees. Thus, he claimed the PIP was contrived. Defense counsel claimed Flores was counseled prior to being placed on a formal PIP and that Flores was fired due to peer-relations issues. However, Flores' counsel claimed Office Depot failed to prove that prior counseling occurred.
Flores v. Office Depot Inc.
Los Angeles County
Skateboarder struck by turning driver gets $8.3M
A skateboarder received $8.3 million for injuries suffered when he was struck while crossing a street. On June 23, 2006, Samuel Kim, then 14, was riding his skateboard across an intersection when he was struck by Arsham Baltayan's vehicle, which was making a right turn on a red light. Samuel claimed Baltayan was looking to his left and not in the direction he was traveling at the time of impact. Samuel claimed he suffered a traumatic brain injury, causing personality and behavioral changes. Baltayan claimed he carefully looked in all directions before beginning his turn, but Samuel rode his skateboard into the road at a high rate of speed. The jury found Samuel 25 percent liable, reducing the $11 million award. The parties settled after the verdict.
Kim v. Baltayan
Jury finds security not negligent in response to injured person
A jury found a hospital's security guards had acted appropriately. On Feb. 27, 2013, Robert Simpson, then 74, was struck by a reversing pickup truck in the parking lot for the Emergency Department of Antelope Valley Hospital. A security guard patrolling the area came to Simpson's aid and ensured Simpson was quickly taken to the emergency room for treatment of a fractured hip. However, plaintiff's counsel claimed the hospital's security guards were negligent for assuming Simpson had tripped and for failing to identify the driver who had remained at the scene until Simpson was taken to the hospital. Defense counsel claimed that the security guards acted appropriately and that neither Simpson nor witnesses told the guards that Simpson was struck.
Simpson v. Antelope Valley Hospital
Los Angeles County
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