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After Numerous Excessive Force Lawsuits, Will California Limit Its Use of Canine Units During Police Encounters?

By Venardi Zurada |

A 64-year-old man entered a construction site in Half Moon Bay to rescue his neighbor’s cat in January 2015. During the effort, the man triggered an alarm that summoned San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies to the site with a K-9 unit. The man was unarmed and cooperated with officers, according to the ACLU of… Read More »

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Jury Awards $2.45M in California Slip and Fall Case

By Venardi Zurada |

A California woman who was injured after she fell in a pothole in a Walmart parking lot recently received a jury verdict of $2.45 million. The jury returned their verdict the same day after hearing closing arguments in the trial that began on March 19. The plaintiff accused Walmart of failing to properly inspect… Read More »

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Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Mental Health Treatment Facility

By Venardi Zurada |

The family of a 26-year-old man recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit against a mental health facility in Los Angeles. According to the lawsuit, the decedent hanged himself while on-site. The house manager immediately called 911 but was unable to perform CPR and seemed confused as to the treatment facility’s address. These factors, the… Read More »

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Family of Slain Freshman Sues University Over Botched Investigation

By Venardi Zurada |

The family of Kristin Smart, a California Polytechnic State University student who went missing from campus in 1996, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university for what they claim was a botched investigation. According to the lawsuit, the university allowed the freshman’s killer to attend school despite prior accusations against him. Her… Read More »

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Death of 15-Year-Old Autistic Boy Sets Off Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against San Bernardino County

By Venardi Zurada |

The parents of a 15-year-old autistic boy have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against San Bernardino County after sheriff’s deputies shot and killed their son during a mental health call. Attorneys representing the family held a news conference to discuss how deputies handled the situation and address the grief that the family is currently… Read More »

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Court Rules Wrongful Business Practices and Wrongful Death Not Related Claims in Lawsuit Against Nursing Home

By Venardi Zurada |

In Oxnard Manor LP v. Hallmark Specialty Ins. Co, a U.S. District Court for the Central District of California was asked to decide whether or not a wrongful business practices claim and a wrongful death claim, both of which alleged understaffing, constituted related claims. The issue mattered because the defendant’s insurance company refused to… Read More »

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Family Sues After Workplace Rampage at Mushroom Farm

By Venardi Zurada |

Two California mushroom farmers had just finished their shifts and were relaxing in their shared trailer when one of their coworkers burst through the door and shot them both. One was killed and the other was seriously injured. Now, the family of the slain mushroom farmer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his… Read More »

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Snapchat Implicated Sued for Wrongful Death After Being Implicated in Fentanyl Overdoses by Teenagers

By Venardi Zurada |

There has been a spate of lawsuits across the U.S. attempting to hold social media companies responsible for everything from teen suicide to fentanyl overdoses. Many of these lawsuits face uncertain futures as current law tends to prevent social media companies from being held responsible for third-party content. However, the plaintiffs won a recent… Read More »

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City of Stockton Pays $6M to Settle Wrongful Death After Suspect is Asphyxiated

By Venardi Zurada |

The City of Stockton has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the grieving family of a man who was asphyxiated by police officers during an attempted arrest. The 29-year-old died after being held face down by officers in 2020. The decedent’s mother said that nothing could replace her son, but that the settlement… Read More »

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81-Year-Old Man Files Dog Bite Lawsuit Against Disneyland After Attack by Security Dog

By Venardi Zurada |

An 81-year-old grandfather has filed a personal injury dog bite lawsuit against Disneyland after he says he was severely mauled after the dog’s trainer failed to handle the dog. The Las Vegas resident has filed a civil lawsuit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for medical expenses and pain and suffering damages. According to… Read More »

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