The first wrongful death case related to Toyota's acceleration issue that garnered much negative publicity for the auto maker several years ago is coming to an end in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Attorneys are making their closing arguments in the two-month-long trial.
The recent $765 million lawsuit settlement between the NFL and former pro football players involving concussions certainly did not put an end to litigation over football injuries and deaths in California and nationwide. Recently, the family of a Maryland college football player filed a $1 million wrongful death suit. The player collapsed following days of tough practices and subsequently died.
The parents of a Los Angeles area teen were awarded $3 million by a U.S. District Court judge in their wrongful death lawsuit involving the shooting of their son. However, the federal judge also determined that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officers who killed the teen did not act negligently.
In a historic case, a San Francisco man has pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter for killing a pedestrian whom he hit with his bicycle. The bicyclist struck a 71-year-old man who was crossing the street in the city's Castro District. The pedestrian died from his injuries several days later. According to San Francisco District Attorney George Gasc?n, this is the first time a bicyclist has been convicted of felony vehicular manslaughter in the United States, but he contends that the charge was warranted due to the facts of the case, and to serve as a warning to other bicyclists.
The family of a young Caltrans worker who was killed on the job by a suspected drunk driver in April of last year, has filed a wrongful death suit against Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and the Flatiron Construction Company. The suit contends that adequate precautions were not taken around the construction zone to protect workers' safety.