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Child struck near bus stop awarded $36.1M

A jury awarded $36.1 million to a child struck near a bus stop. In 2012, Isabella Sanchez, then 6, darted into a road and was struck by Lillian Vo's vehicle. Isabella suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple bodily fractures. Her parents claimed that Vo was speeding and that the bus driver, Shanita Mason, and her employer, Durham School Services, failed to report that people were regularly crossing mid-block to get to the bus stop. Vo denied speeding. Mason claimed that Isabella should've been better supervised and that Isabella and Vo were to blame. The jury found Vo and Isabella were not negligent, but found Durham School Services 50 percent liable, Mason 30 percent liable, and Isabella's mother 20 percent liable.
Sanchez v. County of San Bernardino
San Bernardino County

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Parents of son killed during welfare check awarded $6.5M

A jury awarded $6.5 million to the parents of a paranoid schizophrenic man who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy. In 2012, the parents of Johnathan Rose, 24, made a welfare call to 911 when their son became agitated and started to act out. They claimed Rose eventually took his medicine and calmed down, but Deputy David McEntire escalated the situation by waking up Rose, ordering him to the ground, and striking him with a flashlight when Rose refused. They also claimed McEntire grappled with Rose and shot him three times at close range. McEntire claimed Rose attacked him without warning or provocation, and pinned him to the mattress. He also claimed he fired his gun as he began to lose consciousness from Rose continuing to strike him.
Rose v. County of Sacramento
U.S. District Court, Eastern District

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Jury awards family for fatal crash with passing fire crew bus

A jury awarded $1.45 million to a family of a man killed in a crash. On July 31, 2015, Eric Stein, 36, was making a left turn onto the ranch where his brother's wedding rehearsal was being held when he was struck by a fire crew bus driven by Michael Aplanalp, who was attepting to pass Stein in the left, passing zone. Stein died at the scene and his wife, Ksenia Rozen, then 31, suffered fractures of a cheekbone and ribs. Stein's family claimed Aplanalp, who was employed by the county of Los Angeles, was speeding and failed to use the bus's lights and sirens. Aplanalp claimed Stein failed to use his signal and was slowing down, so he believed Stein was yielding to the lights and siren. The jury found Aplanalp and Stein each 50 percent at fault.
Rozen v. County of Los Angeles
Los Angeles County

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Largest California Settlements

(2018 only; based on cases reported to Verdict Search; excludes class actions and cases in which parties' names were not reported)
SETTLEMENT CASE VENUE DATE
$7,125,000 Council v. Grossmont Union High School District San Diego Co. Mar 2
$6,000,000 Ortiz v. Wolfe Roofing Workers' Compensation Appeals Board Feb 14
$3,800,000 Fuller v. County of Kern Kern Co. May 3
$3,600,000 Wagner v. Devco Sandblasting & Industrial Coating Inc. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board Jan 11
$3,000,000 Peoples v. Alameda County Alameda Co. Jan 17
$2,650,000 Kaur v. City of Lodi Federal Mar 30
$2,500,000 Huskins v. City of Vallejo Federal Mar 16
$2,500,000 Rodriguez v. Cutting Edge Aggregates Inc. San Bernardino Co. Jan 30