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Jury awards $15M to passenger injured in rollover crash
A passenger seriously injured in a crash recovered $12 million. In 2013, Tomislav George, then 47, was a passenger Lance Sandman's car when it was involved in a rollover crash. George's right arm was nearly amputated, requiring multiple surgeries, and Sandman was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. George claimed Sandman was in the scope of his employment with FirstService Residential California LLC, as Sandman's job responsibilities included entertaining clients. FirstService claimed Sandman and George were friends who developed a social drinking relationship and were out for purely social purposes. The jury found FirstService liable for Sandman's actions. It also found George 20 percent liable, reducing his $15 million award.
Leyva v. Sandman
Los Angeles County
Pedestrian struck in two-vehicle crash awarded $13.9M
A jury awarded $13.9 million to a pedestrian who was struck after a car was involved in a prior collision. In 2013, Jake Newland, then 19, was walking on a sidewalk when he was struck by Kevin Vargas' car after it left the roadway. Newland suffered multiple thoracic and chest fractures. Prior to the accident, Vargas was struck by Donald Prigo's vehicle as it attempted to make a left turn. Newland, Vargas and Prigo all claimed that Prigo was to blame for the crash due to Prigo's failure to yield to oncoming traffic. However, Prigo's employer, the county of Los Angeles, denied Prigo was at fault or acting within the scope of his employment at the time of the crash. The jury found Prigo 100 percent at fault and the county liable for Prigo's actions.
Newland v. County of Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
Manufacturers found not to blame for man’s mesothelioma
A jury found that two manufacturers of asbestos-containing products were not to blame for a man's alleged mesothelioma. In May 2016, Roderick Currie, then 83, was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma. He claimed his condition was caused by his exposure to gaskets and brakes manufactured by Ford Motor Co., and to roof cement manufactured by Henry Co., LLC. Ford Motor claimed any asbestos exposure Currie had from its automotive friction parts was negligible and wouldn't have caused his condition. Henry Co. claimed there was ambiguity as to whether Currie used a type of roofing cement that contained asbestos and that any exposure would have be trivial. The defense also claimed that Currie's mesothelioma was questionable.
Currie v. Borg Warner Corp.
Los Angeles County
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|$59,253,846||Moore v. State of California||Humboldt Co.||Feb 1|
|$35,000,000||Ekbatani v. United Independent Taxi Drivers Inc.||Los Angeles Co.||Jan 9|
|$25,142,120||Babyak v. Cardiovascular Systems Inc.||Los Angeles Co.||Apr 25|
|$20,334,632||Kurtin v. Elieff||Orange Co.||Mar 30|
|$15,030,719||Leyva v. Sandman||Los Angeles Co.||Mar 22|
|$12,055,800||Doe v. FamiliesFirst Inc.||Sacramento Co.||Apr 14|
|$10,778,626||Cher v. Mathews||Los Angeles Co.||Apr 25|
|$10,750,000||Mendez v. City of San Diego||San Diego Co.||Feb 8|
|$10,026,201||Burch v. CertainTeed Corp.||Alameda Co.||Feb 24|