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Anaheim Hotel Owner Sues Insurer for Bad Faith

An insurance bad faith claim against Sequoia Insurance Company is moving forward in the California court system.

Sequoia was sued by an Anaheim hotel owner named Bann-Shiang Liza Yu, who alleged that Sequoia failed to properly defend her in a lawsuit brought by a franchise.

MTA loses lawsuit against train station designer

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently lost a lawsuit against a company that designed a train station's stairwell banister.

The MTA was sued after a passenger fell at a Los Angeles rail station. Train rider Jose Madrigal alleged that he fell at the 4th & Hill Street station stairwell because, "among other defects, the banister of the stairwell was too low and the stairwell too small given the number, age, and volume of persons entering and exiting the Metro Rail station."

Off-label medication use still rampant in California nursing homes.

The improper use of antipsychotic drugs on nursing home patients with dementia has been well-documented for decades, but continues to be a problem.

A recent study by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (PDF) found that close to 1 in 4 California nursing home residents is given antipsychotic drugs, and that the "vast majority" of these drugs are given for "off-label" uses, such as treating patients with dementia.

Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group Sued for Malpractice

A Santa Cruz area medical group was recently sued by a woman who claims to have suffered a life-threatening reaction to a medicine that it prescribed.

Kathleen Hardin developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENs) after being prescribed Lamictal (Lamotrigine) by Dr. Sharon S. Jamieson of the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group.

Shelby Allen Drinking Death Case Dismissed By Court

The parents of a California teen who died during a sleepover recently had their wrongful death case dismissed by an appeals court.

According to court documents, 17-year-old Shelby Allen had a sleepover at the house of a 16-year-old friend named Kayli Liberman. After Kayli's parents went to bed, Shelby reportedly took a bottle of vodka from the family's home bar and had 15 shots.

Target Store Sued For Not Having a Defibrillator

The Supreme Court of California recently ruled that Target Corporation is not legally required to provide defibrillators at its stores.

Target was sued by the relatives of a California woman who died of a heart attack at the Pico Rivera Target Store.

Three young California men killed in June motorcycle accidents

June brought a spate of deadly motorcycle accidents in California the rest of the US.

Three of last month's fatal motorcycle accidents involved men in their mid 20's. All of these cyclists suffered fatal head injuries after losing control of their vehicles.

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