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Families of two victims of crash that killed R&B singer Aaliyah file lawsuits
The Associated Press – LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virgin Records was negligent in chartering a small plane in which singer-actress Aaliyah and eight other people died last year, according to wrongful death lawsuits filed Wednesday on behalf of two victims’ families.
More Suits Filed in Aaliyah Crash
Alaska Airlines, Boeing Admit Crash Role
The Associated Press – Dateline: SEATTLE Alaska Airlines has taken legal responsibility for a January 2000 jet crash that killed all 88 aboard, and Boeing said it would not contest liability over the plane’s design.
Suit Filed in Fallout From Alaska Airlines Crash
CNN – Relatives of a passenger who died in the January 31 crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 filed a lawsuit in federal court…
Liability Accepted in Alaska Jet Crash
San Francisco Chronicle – A federal judge found Alaska Airlines and Boeing Co. legally responsible Tuesday for the January 2000 crash of a San Francisco-bound jet that killed 88 people…
The Biggest Jury Verdict of 1999
The National Law Journal – A typical verdict last year was way up, but nothing like this one.
Lasting Impact – How an Internal Memo Written 26 Years Ago Is Costing GM Dearly
The Wall Street Journal – Suits Over Fuel-System Fires Beleaguer the Car Maker; One Settled, Scores to Go
Burn Victims Say They’ll Split Award to Benefit Others
Los Angeles Times – Appealing to the court of public opinion as they try to protect the largest personal injury award in history, the survivors of a fiery crash will donate half the $4.9 billion.
Litigator Profile – Going Long
Verdicts & Settlements – The GM case’s lead plaintiff lawyer – an ex-football player – muscles through cases with tenacity in the courtroom and commitment to his clients…
Was it the boom or was it good lawyering?
The National Law Journal – Are large jury verdicts an aberration? If so, 1999 was a year of aberrations.
Burn Victims Offer to Trade Cash for Recall
Los Angeles Times – Court: Attorney for six who won $4.9-billion judgement against General Motors says they will forgo most of it if cars similar to theirs are fixed.
The Low Road
The Daily Journal – GM Deserves Punitives for Valuing Profit More Than Human Lives.
Senate Mulls Criminalizing A Tort Issue
The Daily Journal – Proposal to Add Prosecution for Product Liability
California Law Business – General Motors, Ford, Firestone and now Goodyear are learning to fear [Santa Monica attorney]. With other consumer attorneys, he’s on a mission to shed new light on the auto industry’s dirty little secrets.
TOP 10 VERDICTS – Thinking Big
Verdicts & Settlements – California juries awarded over $5.5 billion in the 10 biggest verdicts reported in 1999. Is the Golden State taking a stand against injustice, or merely feeling the effects of a prosperous era?…
Anderson v. GM Case Summary
Anderson Case Summary – On July 9, 1999, a Los Angeles jury unanimously held General Motors liable for $4.9 billion dollars in punitive damages and $107 million in compensatory damages.
The Big Top
Los Angeles Daily Journal – Attorney Brian Panish won a record $5 billion for Alisha Parker, Ty-shon Haney and Pat Anderson in last year’s No. 1 verdict, a product liability case against General Motors.
GM Should Stop Passing the Buck
Dayton Daily News – GM should stop passing the buck
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP represents another high school student in his appeal to play basketball after transferring to a new school.
Boys’ basketball: Michael Avery has his appeal hearing (Los Angeles Times Blog)
San Diego County jury returned a record wrongful death verdict of $14,465,864 for the deaths of two adults against a Ford dealership. Before the trial, a settlement was reached with other defendants for $8,300,000, bringing the total to $22,765,864. This is the largest in the history of San Diego County, California for such a case.
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and Dreyer, Babich, Buccola & Wood Announce Record San Diego County Wrongful Death Verdict
Jury Recommends $14 Million in Ford Rollover Case (ABCnews.com)
Jury awards $14 million in wrongful-death lawsuit (Sign On San Diego)
Judge OKs settlement in deadly jet crash involving Travis Barker and his assistant (The Daily Athenaeum)
$13.55 million settlement for Army maintenance officers Judge OKs $13 Million Settlement for Soldiers
The Daily Journal – In what plaintiffs’ lawyers described as the largest settlement for military personnel injured during the Iraq war, a federal judge in Los Angeles Wednesday approved a $13.5 million settlement against Boeing and four other companies.
dBusiness News – Panish Shea & Boyle LLP Announces That Court Approves Largest Known Settlement for Military Personnel Injured During War in Iraq: Major Settlement with Manufacturers of Army’s Apache Longbow Helicopter.
The Spinal Cord Injury Zone – Court approves $13.55M personal injury settlement against Boeing and others over Iraq Apache Longbow accident.
Seattle PI – Boeing, others settle with soldiers injured in helicopter crash.
FOX News – $13.5M Settlement in Army Copter Crash.
CBS 2 – Boeing To Pay $13.5M To Settle Soldiers’ Lawsuit.
Law Reporter – Hobbs, a Louisiana Pacific employee, was operating a skiploader on a private road owned by the railroad.
The firm is representing four teenagers and their families after the teenagers were seriously injured when a Sea Doo exploded.
Daily Journal – Jet Ski Maker Accused of Cover-Up
Castillo & Perez vs. SCRTD
Confidential Reports for Attorneys – Bus turning at 2:00 a.m. in rain hits crossing pedestrians; Male, 42, soft tissue to foot; Female, 34, fractured pelvis and leg
Verdict Search – Motor Vehicle / Pedestrian – Cellamare v. Laidlaw $5,600,000 case details
In young boys death, jury awards $10 Million – Daily Journal (PDF)
Family awarded $10 million in death of boy – OC Register (PDF)
Jury Awards $10M To Family Of Boy Who Suffocated On Bus Ride Home From School
3-Year-Old Dies After Being Found Unresponsive On School Bus
Disabled Boy Found Unconscious on School Bus, Dies
$9 million settlement for amputation caused by a damaged freeway guardrail.
The Daily Journal – Injured Teen to Get $9 Million in Guardrail Crash
Charles Davin v. Skyview Limousine Service and Palm Springs Limousine Service
REAR END MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT PERSONAL INJURY – On May 22, 1985 plaintiff, Charles Davin, 57, was operating his Subaru automobile and stopped on Sepulveda Boulevard at a stop light in West Los Angeles at approximately 7:00 p.m.
Brian Panish was involved in the vindication of a family that was on the other side of a tragic police cover up
Court Order – Order vindicating plaintiff’s death in police cover up
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP represents more than 300 clients who received the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant systems
Doiron v. City of Riverside
Verdicta – The Plaintiff, an 18 year old high school student, passenger in a 1967 Volkswagen Bug, was traveling on a main roadway in Riverside at approximately 10:00 p.m…
$21 million settlement while case was on appeal. Wrongful death of 4 year-old girl. Largest settlement ever paid by San Francisco. Record $27 Million Jury Award Against City and County of San Francisco for Pedestrians in Muni Crash
San Francisco – A San Francisco Superior Court jury returned a verdict of over $27 million ($27,394,567) today for the victims of a Municipal Railway truck crash
TOP VERDICTS OF 2005
The Daily Journal – Dominguez v. San Francisco – $27.4 million
S.F. Hit With $27 Million Verdict
The Recorder – A superior court jury decided Thursday that the city of San Francisco should pay $27.4 million to two families…
Gandy, Estrada, and Reyes v. R.W. Mfg., Williams Patent Crusher, Imperial Mfg., Action Equip., Bolder UTP Welding, and Praxair Dist.
Tri-Service – 9/29/95: Plaintiffs Gandy, a 47-year-old ripsaw foreman, Estrada, a 30-year-old laborer, and Reyes, a 28-year-old laborer, were injured in an explosion
Gandy v. R.W. Mfg.
Confidential Reports for Attorneys – On September 19, 1995 Pltf Gandy, age 47, along with Pltfs Reyes and Estrada, were burned when an explosion occurred
Jury Awards $5.6 Million for Imperial County Crash Injuries
The Daily Journal – A jury has awarded $5.6 million to a woman who was seriously injured when a minivan she was riding in was struck by a farm truck at a crossroads in Imperial County six years ago.
Jury awards collision victim $5.64 million
Imperial Valley Press – An Imperial County jury awarded $5.64 million to Teresa Gonzalez of Brawley on Tuesday, who was severely injured when the van she was riding in was hit by a truck.
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP announces $5.64 million verdict for a 15 year-old girl hit by a Dresick Farms commercial truck
Press Release – September 10, 2007 – Today an Imperial County, California jury awarded a $5.64 million verdict to Teresa Gonzalez who was horribly injured when the family van she was riding in was hit by a Dresick Farms commercial truck when she was 15 years-old…
Taste of Success
The Daily Journal Extra – Griggs v. West-Pac Industries – $58 million
Verdict Search – Griggs v. West-Pac Industries #29 on Top 100 Verdicts of 2004
Panish Shea & Boyle Files Lawsuits against Hewlett-Packard for Pretexting Journalists and Their Families
Business Wire – August 15, 2007 – The Los Angeles based law firm Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, (www.psblaw.com) today announced that five lawsuits have commenced against Hewlett-Packard Company and certain of its officers and agents in the San Francisco Superior Court.
The case names and numbers are as follows:
Thomas Shankland v. HP: – View summons and complaint (PDF)
(Case No. [CGC-07-466211)
Dawn Kawamoto v. HP: – View summons and complaint (PDF)
(Case No. CGC-07-466209)
Stephen Shankland v. HP: – View summons and complaint (PDF)
(Case No. CGC-07-466208)
Rachel Konrad v. HP: – View summons and complaint (PDF)
(Case No. CGC-07-466207)]
Thomas Krazit v. HP: – View summons and complaint (PDF)
(Case No. CGC-07-466210)
New York Times – In an unusual step for the news media, three journalists whose private phone records were scrutinized by investigators working for Hewlett-Packard intend to sue the company for invasion of privacy.
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP represented a high school student in his fight to play football after transferring to a new school to escape violence in his hometown.
Additional evidence helped overturn decision on Mater Dei linebacker (Los Angeles Times Blog)
The Latest Word
Confidential Report For Attorneys – Welcome back to the grind — if you ever got away, that is.
Hertz to pay $2.5 Million to Disabled Crash Victim
The Los Angeles Times – The Hertz Corp. has agreed to pay $2.5 million in an out-of-court settlement to a former Van Nuys resident left paralyzed from the neck down by a multi-vehicle pileup after one of the company’s rental cars stalled on the Ventura Freeway.
Juan Cruz v. Hertz Corporation
Verdicta – A multi-vehicle accident which occurred on the ventura Freeway on October 12, 1985 at approximately 2:30 an,. A Hertz vehicle stalled in the number five lane and was rear ended.
Woman Hit by Vehicle in Long Beach May Receive $650K
Press-Telegram – A Bakersfield woman who has alleged that traffic lights are poorly timed at an intersection where she was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured may receive $650,000 from the city.
Rollover Victim Gets $55 Million
Los Angeles Daily Journal – Jury Find for Quadriplegic in First Verdict Following Tire Recall
Tire trial may set record
The Dallas Morning News – Continental ordered to pay $54.9 million
Two tire companies punctured by juries
The National Law Journal – Has Firestone fallout created a “tort du jour” with tires as the main course?
Tire Firm Assessed Damages in Crash
Los Angeles Times – Court: A jury orders Continental General to pay $55 million for a defect that caused a rollover. The verdict is believed to be the largest involving tread-separation failure.
Paralyzed Woman Testifies Against Tire Company
$55 Million Awarded to Quadriplegic
Lampe v. Continental General Tire Inc. in Trials Digest Pg. 1
Lampe v. Continental General Tire Inc. in Trials Digest Pg. 2
Continental General Tire Ordered to Pay $55 Million
Continental General Tire to Challenge $55 Million Award
Verdicts & Settlements: New Wheels
Tire Separation Case Comes in at $55 Million
Lampe Verdict Ranks 37
Lampe Verdict Form
Glenn County Superior Courts
Jury Verdicts Weekly – April 23, 1984, the plaintiff, 40 years old, was injured when the auto in which she was a passenger struck an olive barrel (6′ x 4′) on Interstate 5 in Glenn County.
The firm is representing the family of Michael Jackson in the wrongful death lawsuit against Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc. (AEG) and its subsidiaries and principals.
UPDATE 02.02.11: Jackson Family Lawsuit Proceeds Against AEG
Statement regarding Michael Jackson case
Download PDF of official complaint
WBZ 1030 News Radio – Jackson’s mother sues concert promoter AEG Live
CNN.com – Michael Jackson’s mom sues production company AEG Live for son’s death
Billboard.com – Michael Jackson’s Family Sues Promoter Over His Death
Mario Batali accused by current and former employees of tip-stealing scheme at Pizzeria Mozza – Panish Shea & Boyle LLP represents a Mozza LLC employee and former employee in a class action lawsuit that alleges claims against Mozza LLC, and Mozza LLC partners Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich for conversion, failure to provide adequate meal and rest periods, failure to pay all wages due at termination, and unfair business practices. The case stems from Mozza LLC?s illegal policy of deducting from employee tips an amount equal to five percent of all wine sales to fund the company?s ?Wine Program.? California law prohibits the diversion of employee tips in this manner. The case also results from Mozza LLC?s practice of denying employees the opportunity to take rest and meal breaks as required by law. For more information about this case, please contact Jessie Kohler at 877-800-1700.
Download PDF of official complaint
The Los Angeles Times Blog – Mario Batali has been sued for wrongfully deducting money from employee tips, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court.
48 Hours – Lawsuit claims that the “Iron Chef” Mario Batali is a glutton when it comes to his employees’ tips.
California’s Million Dollar Verdicts
The Recorder – Panish Shea & Boyle LLP recognized in the June edition of The Recorder’s Top Verdicts for the Nelsen v. Hillyard case.
Record $21 Million Verdict for Iraq War Veteran in San Bernardino, CA
Press Release – 27 year-old Iraqi War veteran Michael Nelsen injured when Hillyard, Inc. truck rear-ended Mr. Nelsen’s vehicle on the I-15 freeway.
Freeway Crash Victim Awarded $21 Million
The Daily Journal – A San Bernardino County jury has awarded a Fullerton man $21 million in damages for severe injuries he sustained in a freeway crash with a cleaning company truck.
Patrick Coyle v. City of Torrance
Lawyering Up Pellicano’s Victims
Deadline Hollywood Daily – Neville Johnson (of the firm Johnson and Rishwain) and Brian Panish (of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP) are meeting with many victims of the Pellicano wiretapping scandal to jointly represent them.
Panish and [Another Attorney] Report $22 Million Verdict
Confidential Report for Attorneys – JUST REPORTED… Brian J. Panish… report a $13 million (net) verdict against SCRTD for a negligent police chase.
Pogosyan v. SCRTD Verdict
Pogosyan in Confidential Reports for Attorneys
Pogosyan v. SCRTD in National Law Journal
Power Balance being sued for company’s fraudulent advertising of its bracelets, which claim to give users physiological benefits they cannot give, including improved balance, strength and flexibility.
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Power Balance
Panish Shea & Boyle Announces Filing of Class-Action Lawsuit Regarding Power Balance Bracelets (Business Wire – Press Release)
Power Balance admits no science behind wristbands (Yahoo News)
Download PDF of complaint
Policing the Police
Trial Lawyers Doing Public Justice – Citizens need the police to protect their rights. But what happens when citizens’ rights are put at risk because a police department covers up the misconduct of its own officers?
Rastello v. City of Torrance
Torrance to Pay Punitive Damages to Rastello
Torrance Disclosure Order Upheld
Trial Begins for Torrance, 9 Policemen
Witness: [Torrance] Police Tolerate Misconduct
Torrance Police Claim a Thorough Investigation
Green Probe Defended
Mayor Testifies for Torrance Police
Lying, Racism Alleged in Torrance Police Department
Torrance Policies Defended
Punitive Damages Added to Rastello Family Award
Five Years and Counting for Justice
Letter From Rastello
Letter From Rastello
Torrance Police Suit Headed for Trial
Rastello v. City of Torrance Verdict
Torrance Accepts $3.5 Million for Lawsuit
U.S. Probes Racism Allegations Agaist Torrance PD
New Civil Rights Action
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP Announces a $6.45 Million Verdict – the largest personal injury verdict in the history of King’s County, California. The previous record for a personal injury verdict in King’s County was $1.6 million.
Crenshaw v. Land O’Lakes, Inc: Selected as Daily Journal 2010 Top Verdict
Top Verdicts of 2010 (Daily Journal)
The Recorder Features Panish Shea & Boyle LLP for Largest Personal Injury Verdict in Kings County, CA History of 6.4 Million (The Recorder)
California’s Million Dollar Verdicts – #32: Robert Crenshaw v. Land O’Lakes Inc. (The Recorder)
Injured Guard Wins $6.45 Million (Daily Journal)
Robert Crenshaw v. Land O’Lakes Inc., et al. Case Description (Daily Journal)
Panish Shea & Boyle Announces Record-Breaking Verdict against Land O?Lakes, Inc. (Business Wire)
The firm is handling cases involving the wrongful deaths of three individuals killed in Robinson Helicopter crashes.
Roger Klier v. Southern Contracting
Jury Gives Kin $25.5 Million for Family Deaths
The Daily Journal – A Superior Court jury in Burbank on Wednesday awarded three adult siblings $25.5 million for the St. Patrick’s Day deaths five years ago of their parents and teen-age brother who were hit by a drunken driver.
Parents and Son Killed in Drunk Driving Accident
Verdict Search – Motor Vehicle – Alcohol Involvement / Wrongful Death
Church found Liable in crash
Press Telegram – Settlement: Former L.B. Resident, who was crushed by van, awarded $10 million.
Woman Awarded Damages in Crash
Los Angeles Times – A Superior Court jury awarded $10 million to a woman who was crushed by a van after a tire blowout while traveling from a South-Central Los Angeles church to a religious convention in Ohio, attorneys said Wednesday.
Shirlee Fuller v. Greater Bethany Community Church
Confidential Report for Attorneys – Pltfs were members of Deft church, located in South Central Los Angeles. The church’s Praise Ministry was responsible for the sale of tapes, books and other items used to spread the gospel.
Tri-Service – Plaintiffs were members of the Greater Bethany Community Church located in South Central Los Angeles. The Church sold video and audio tapes and books in an effort to spread the gospel through their tape ministry.
Church Loses $10M Verdict Over Van’s Blown Tire
January 19, 1999 – On Aug, 4, 1993, Shirlee Fuller was a passenger in a church van driven by Geoffrey Hunte when its left rear tire blew out near Albuquerque, N.M., and Mr. Hunte lost control of the van, said plaintiffs’ attorney Brian J. Panish.
$2.67 Million Awarded to Parents for the Wrongful Death of Their 48 Year-Old Son
The Daily Journal – In April 2002, Larry Sorenson, a 48-year-old computer engineer, was a passenger on a commuter train that was struck head-on by a freight train.
Couple Get Award in O.C. Train Wreck Suit
Los Angeles Times – An Orange County jury on Friday ordered the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to pay $2.8 million to the parents of a Riverside commuter who died in a 2002 Metrolink accident in Placentia.
Marines’ kin win $4.9 million suit
Navy Times – SANTA ANA, Calif. – The families of two Marines killed when their Cobra attack helicopter crashed in the Cleveland National Forest won $4.9 million from the maker of a fuel nozzle that failed, causing the crash.
Jury Awards $5 Million in Marine Deaths
Los Angeles Times – Johnson v. Pratt & Whitney – $5 million
Dead Marines’ families win $4.9 million award
Orange County Register – The families of two Marines killed when their Cobra attack helicopter crashed in the Cleveland National Forest won $4.9 million…
Helicopter Crash: Marine Corps Pilots
CASE SUMMARY: Susan Elizabeth Johnson v. Pratt & Whitney Canada, Inc.
Case Summary – The heirs of two marines killed in a helicopter crash brought a wrongful death action against the manufacturer of the helicopter’s engines.
$15 million verdict for brain injury to minor resulting from a power company truck hitting a family vehicle.
The Daily Journal – Teen Injured by Truck Awarded $15 Million
Landlord Gets Largest Settlement in City’s History
Los Angeles Times – Vanmalibhai Galal had just collected rent from a tenant in his central Long Beach hotel and turned to walk to his apartment a few feet away. Before he made it home, however, he saw “a very big blue light.”
Man mistakenly shot by L.B. police wins case
Press-Telegram – $6.25 million civil award biggest in city’s history
Late Mail Deals City a Setback in Effort to Reduce $6.75-Million Award
Los Angeles Times – Courts: A new trial in a police shooting case is denied after the paperwork arrives after the deadline
$7 Million Awarded to Vega Family for Wrongful Death Claim Against Verizon
Press Release – Wrong-Way Driver Victim’s Family Had Filed Wrongful Death Claim Against Verizon and Awarded $7 Million
Intelifi Articles – Avoid the Pitfalls of Negligent Hiring
Wishum v. RiteAid by Expert Witness
Jet Crash Suit Settled for $11.7 Million
Associated Press – The families of three people among 18 killed in a charter jet crash in Aspen, Colo., accepted $11.7 million Monday in a last-minute settlement with the plane’s operators.
The Valley; Suits Settled in Aspen Jet Crash
Los Angeles Times – Avjet Corp., a Burbank-based charter jet company, reached an $11.7-million settlement Monday with the families of three people killed two years ago in a plane crash in Aspen, Colo.
Families of Victims in Aspen Plane Crash Awarded $10.2 Million
Associated Press – LOS ANGELES – A Southern California charter jet company must pay $10.2 million to families of three people killed in the 2001 plane crash near the Aspen airport, a jury ruled Wednesday.
Settlement Ends Aspen Jet Crash Lawsuit for $11.7 Million
Aspen Daily News – The families of three people among 18 killed in a charter jet crash in Aspen accepted $11.7 million…
Aspen Crash Awarded
Rocky Mountain News – 3 Victims’ Relatives Given $10.2 Million by California Court
Press Releases – Bradach – nalls seventh engineer support battalion was clearing mines near the city of Karbala Tuesday when the accident happened.
Children Who Lost Parents in Plane Crash get $15 Million
CNN Law Center – Jurors Friday awarded $15 million to the children of a couple who perished aboard a Singapore Airlines jetliner…
Victims’ Families Sue Singapore Airlines
India West – A lawsuit was filed against Singapore Airlines Feb. 23 in U.S. District Court here on behalf of family members of seven passengers…
Airline Crash in Taiwan Claimed Lives of Plaintiff’s Parents
Don Yoon, a University City man whose wife, two baby daughters, and mother-in-law were killed Dec. 8, 2008, when a Marine Corps jet crashed onto their home, has sued the government and Boeing for negligence.
Associated Press – Family of victims sues over Marine jet crash in San Diego
Sign On San Diego – U.S., Boeing sued over Miramar jet crash
Sign On San Diego – Jet crash lawsuit seeks to prevent another tragedy
Yoon v. Boeing Videos – See related videos about the crash