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Issue 28 | January 2019

SANCTIONS: Terminating Sanctions Upheld for Failure to Follow Court Order Excluding Evidence

As a stark reminder that trial courts have the power to issue terminating sanctions when attorneys fail to heed a court order, the trial court in Osborne v. Todd Farm Service dismissed the plaintiff’s case, with prejudice, after her counsel repeatedly violated the trial court’s orders excluding ...

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TOXIC TORT: Defense Victory Paves The Way For Dismissal of Similar Claims Against Energy Drink Company

In a never before seen victory for the energy drink industry, a Riverside County jury found unanimously for the defense, holding that Monster Energy Beverage Corp. did not play a substantial role in causing a plaintiff’s cardiac arrest in the matter of Bledsoe v. Monster Beverage Corp. For many ...

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FEATURED VERDICT: Wrongful Death: $6.3M Awarded to Family of Individual Struck and Killed by Vehicle Operated by Market Employee

Rosemarie Martinez, et al. v. La Bahn Ranch, et al. (Calif Super Ct. Los Angeles Cty. No. BC617733): On October 11, 2018 a jury awarded $6.3 million in damages to Rosemarie Martinez, widower and against Whittier Uptown Association Farmer’s Market. Plaintiff’s husband Armando Martinez was shopping at ...

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FEATURED VERDICT: Product Liability: $5 Million Awarded to Consumer After Suffering 2nd Degree Burns Caused by Pressure Cooker

Precious King v. Maxi-Matic U.S.A. Inc. (Calif Super Ct. Los Angeles Cty. No. BC637685): On Oct 22, 1018 a jury awarded Plaintiff Precious King recovered more than $5 million agsinst defendant Maxi-Matic, a manufacturer of a pressure cooker known as the “Elite Bistro”. Plaintiff contended that while ...

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