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  • Woman Awarded $23.2 Million For Boat Propeller Injuries By California Federal Judge
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Following a bench trial on damages, a California federal judge awarded a woman at least $23.2 million on Dec. 2 for injuries she received when her legs were caught in the propeller of a rental boat, which resulted in the partial amputation of one leg. The judge also ordered the parties to submit calculations on the present value of the future economic damage award (Manisha Palla v. LM Sports Inc., et al., No. 16-02865, E.D. Calif., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 207457).

  • California Motorcyclist Hurt In Lane-Change Collision Wins $21.5 Million Jury Award
    LOS ANGELES - A motorcyclist who was thrown from his vehicle when a car suddenly changed lanes without signaling was awarded more than $21.5 million by a California jury on Dec. 3 after the driver and his employer admitted liability (Matthew Rada v. Hardin Irvine Automotive Inc., et al., No. BC 696709, Calif. Super., Los Angeles Co.).

  • New York Appellate Court Vacates $13.9 Million Award For Bus Crash As Excessive
    BROOKLYN, N.Y. - A New York appellate court on Nov. 20 concluded that a $13.9 million award to a man who was hit by a bus while sitting in his parked car and his wife was excessive and remanded for a new trial on certain damages. It also gave the couple the chance to accept a reduced award of $5.18 million (Calvin L. Tarpley, et al., v. New York City Transit Authority, et al., No. 2017-10506, N.Y. Sup., App. Div., 2nd Dept., 2019 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 8432).

  • California Jury Awards $12M To Mother For Son's Heat Exhaustion Death
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The mother of a man who died from a heart arrhythmia due to heat exhaustion was awarded $12 million on Nov. 25 by a California jury that held the club where he was a member 80 percent liable for failing to immediately call 911 and the decedent 20 percent liable because he refused help and had underlying health problems (Katherine Keck v. Bel-Air Bay Club Ltd., No. BC704134, Calif. Super., Los Angeles Co.).

  • Parents, Tribal Hospital Settle Oklahoma Suit Over Baby's Brain Damage For $7.5 Million
    MUSKOGEE, Okla. - A tribal hospital reached a $7.5 million settlement with the parents of a child born with a severe brain injury after being deprived of oxygen during labor and filed their agreement in an Oklahoma federal court on Nov. 19 (Shelby Wilkett Carshall, et al. v. United States, et al., No. 17-329, E.D. Okla.).


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