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Jury awards $12.95M after man died from contaminated town

A jury awarded $12.95 million to the family of a man who died after being exposed to asbestos while growing up near a refinery. Mark Lopez, 59, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2014 and he died on July 7, 2015. His family claimed Lopez grew up in a small town owned by the Hillshire Brands Co., which also owned and operated a nearby sugar refinery. They claimed Hillshire contaminated the town by aggressively removing asbestos and causing unsafe amounts asbestos to be released into the air. They also claimed Hillshire dumped asbestos debris in an on-site dump where children played. Hillshire claimed it did not negligently expose Lopez to asbestos and that any exposure was the fault of others. The jury found Hillshire 100 percent at fault.
Lopez v. Asbestos Corp. Ltd.
Alameda County

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Man subjected to continued harassment awarded $17.39M

A jury awarded $17.39 million to a wastewater collection supervisor who was subjected unwanted harassing conduct at work. James Pearl claimed that although he is a heterosexual, his managers and supervisors with the city of Los Angeles altered photos to depict him and another employee as homosexual lovers and then caused the photos to be circulated throughout every wastewater yard in the city. He claimed that as a result, he was subjected to continued harassment until he suffered a "catastrophic" physical and emotional breakdown in December 2013. Defense counsel claimed the alleged comments and images were trivial, isolated, and not severe or pervasive.
Pearl v. City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles County

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Teen struck by inattentive driver recovers $13M

A pedestrian who was struck by a passing vehicle recovered $13,129,000. On Jan. 18, 2013, Francisco DeLeon Jr., then 17, stepped off a center median and was struck by a vehicle driven by Patricia Fregoso. Francisco suffered a traumatic brain injury. His counsel claimed that Fregoso failed to react and that the city of Norwalk failed to keep the center median's landscaping trimmed so that pedestrians and drivers could see each other. The city claimed the median's condition was irrelevant because Fregoso had enough time to react. Fregoso claimed she could not see Francisco until he stepped off the median. The city was found not liable and Fregoso was found 95 percent liable. Francisco's $13.82 million award was reduced based on his 5 percent liability.
DeLeon v. Fregoso
Los Angeles County

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Largest California Jury Verdicts

(2018 only; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
VERDICT CASE VENUE DATE
$68,035,462 Arteaga v. Fresno Community Regional Medical Center Fresno Co. Mar 20
$52,708,374 Lennig v. CRST Los Angeles Co. Feb 21
$41,634,170 Taylor v. Schilling Los Angeles Co. Apr 16
$33,500,000 Archibald v. County of San Bernardino Federal Mar 14
$30,000,000 Anaya v. Superior Industries Inc. Los Angeles Co. Mar 19
$26,728,247 Verinata Health Inc. v. Ariosa Diagnostics Inc. Federal Jan 25
$16,232,417 Kidd v. WKS Restaurant Corp. Kern Co. Feb 27
$13,011,671 Pinter-Brown v. University of California at Los Angeles Los Angeles Co. Feb 15
$11,779,059 Esparza v. Win Distribution, Inc. Riverside Co. Apr 9
$10,000,000 Trulove v. City & County San Francisco Federal Apr 6