The original action, which included claims for violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act [RICO; 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961-68], was filed in 1993 against multiple defendants. The foreign defendants were dismissed from the action based upon forum non conviens, and, after two decades in a Singapore arbitration against those foreign defendants, plaintiff was awarded $9 million, which award was fully paid. Thereafter, plaintiff, the manufacturer and distributor of semiconductor products, proceeded in federal court against the defendants for relief under RICO’s treble damages provision.
Summary Judgment Reversed In Wrongful Termination Action.
More than a year after plaintiff’s employment was terminated, he brought an action against his employer for common law wrongful termination against public policy, contending he was treated unfairly and discriminated against because he suffered a work-related injury and was disabled. Defendant employer brought a motion for summary judgment, arguing plaintiff’s action is barred by the exclusivity doctrine under Workers’ Compensation statutes and the one-year statute of limitations under the Fair Employment and Housing Act
No Age Discrimination By Athletic Club.
An athletic club offers a range of membership levels, providing various privileges at one or more locations. The Young Professional program—at issue in this litigation—offers a reduced-cost membership for individuals ages 18 to 29, in recognition of the reduced financial resources of the under-30 age group. Launched in 2003, the program is offered at all but two of defendant’s facilities, and restricts access hours at two of defendant’s other facilities.
Court Declined To Create A New Exception To The Collateral Estoppel Rule.
Years ago, the juvenile court terminated plaintiff’s parental rights to her daughter and the Court of Appeal affirmed, rejecting plaintiff’s contention of ineffective assistance of counsel by her appointed juvenile dependency lawyers. Thereafter, plaintiff filed the current action for legal malpractice against the same lawyers. The trial court granted the lawyers’ motion for summary judgment.
Motion For Summary Judgment Decided On Issue Not Briefed.
The appellate court decided a motion for summary judgment in favor of the moving party on an issue not briefed by the parties nor considered by the trial court.
Defendant Did Not Demonstrate There Was No Material Issue Of Fact, So Summary Judgment Reversed.
Two plaintiffs in coordinated actions each worked as a mechanic for several decades at various facilities, and each degreased automotive parts with a process involving a solvent in a drum and the regular addition of mineral spirits to the drum when the grease built up. Defendant is the distributor of the mineral spirits, and plaintiffs allege the mineral spirits contain benzene, a known carcinogen.
A Homeowner’s Nightmare.
Plaintiff was employed by a painting contractor which contracted with homeowners to paint the interior of their home. An hour into the job, plaintiff was injured when he fell 12-15 feet from a ladder provided by the contractor. It turns out that the painting contractor had informed the State he had no employees and was exempted from the requirement of having workers’ compensation coverage.
Summary Judgment Reversed By California Supreme Court.
The negligent driving of a third party motorist caused another car to strike a tree planted on a center median owned and maintained by a City. The collision resulted in death or injury to all the car’s occupants. Plaintiffs sued the City for a dangerous condition of public property. The City moved for summary judgment, […]
Summary Judgment Reversed On Issue Of Gross Negligence In Action Against Fitness Facility.
Plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury when a cross-trainer cable struck her in the head at a 24-Hour Fitness, the defendant. Defendant moved for summary judgment, arguing that the written release of liability in the membership agreement was a complete defense to plaintiff’s claims for negligence and premises liability. As to the products liability claim, […]
Summary Judgment In Favor Of A Defendant Who Was The Passenger In A Car Reversed.
Plaintiffs’ allegations are that a passenger in a car involved in a fatal accident “told the driver to drive at an unsafe speed over a road [the passenger] knew had unusual conditions that would cause the car to become airborne, resulting in the fatal accident.” The trial court granted summary judgment after concluding there was […]
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