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Judge Grants Plaintiffs New Trial, Rules Defense Verdict Flawed, Greyhound Bus Driver Negligent

By Corin Hoggard – ABC 30 Action News
June 8, 2015

A major change to the Greyhound bus crash verdict in Fresno County. The judge on the case says the jury got it wrong, and the bus company was negligent. The jury’s decision in March could have brought an end to the litigation involving the crash. Instead, the result is now thrown out and we could see another trial.

Greyhound Trial: What’s Happening in the News

By Pablo Lopes – The Fresno Bee
February 8, 2015

In the early hours of July 22, 2010, a Greyhound bus slammed into an overturned SUV on Highway 99 in Fresno, Killing the three occupants of the SUV and three people on the bus, including the driver. The California Highway Patrol blamed the horrific collision on 18-year-old Silvia Garay saying she was drunk when she lost control of her Chevorlet TrailBlazer. But a civil trial that started a few weeks ago in Fresno County Superior Court could cast serious doubt on the CHP investigation.

Rare Medical Malpractice Jury Verdict against Kaiser Hospital

By Pablo Lopes – The Fresno Bee
September 4, 2012

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in north Fresno was partially negligent for failing to tell one of its patients that he had a dangerous staph infection, a Fresno County Superior Court jury ruled Tuesday.
The untreated infection left 27-year-old Dusten Chevalier a paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, said Fresno attorneys Stuart Chandler and Daniel Harralson, who represented Chevalier.

Visalia Laborer gets 26 Million Dollar Award

By Cindy Carcamo – The Fresno Bee

Visalia — Tulare County jurors awarded nearly $26 million to a Visalia farm laborer, saying his insurance company should have fought a lawsuit brought by a truck driver who crashed into a tractor.

It was the largest award of its kind in county history. The jurors ordered Farmers Insurance Inc. to pay Gustavo Perez $25 million in punitive damages and $863,000 in compensatory damages. Punitive damages are awarded to make an example of and punish defendants found guilty of acting in bad faith or with malice. Compensatory damages repay economic loss and pain and suffering.

“I can’t remember anything that’s even close,” said Jennifer Shirk, president of the Tulare County Bar Association. “Twenty-five million in punitive damages is just astronomical in Tulare County. It’s the stuff that you read about in lawyer magazines. Everyone was walking around the courthouse with their mouths open.”

The case began in 1998 when Perez borrowed a tractor from his employer, DeJong Dairy, just off of State Route 63 north of Visalia. Perez hired a day laborer and used the tractor to dig post holes for a corral at his nearby home. Later that night, the laborer was returning the tractor to the dairy across the highway when he caused it to stall. Jesus Jimenez, who was hauling oranges in a big rig, collided with the tractor, which didn’t have its lights on. The laborer who drove the tractor ran away after the crash and wasn’t seen again. Both vehicles were damaged. Jimenez suffered serious injuries and later sued Perez. The insurance company refused to hire an attorney to defend Perez. Jimenez in 2000 was awarded $413,000 for his injuries.

Fire Insurance Exchange, owned by Farmers, provided liability coverage, but Perez’s policy had an exclusion for injuries resulting from the use of a motor vehicle. The policy defines a motor vehicle to include “a motorized land vehicle designed for travel on public roads.” During the two-week trial that ended Wednesday, the insurance company argued that it denied the claim because the farm tractor was designed for travel on public roads. Perez’s attorney, Stuart Chandler, convinced jurors that the farm tractor was not designed to use on public roads. “This insurance company absolutely abandoned him,” Chandler said.

Farm Worker Wins Millions in Lawsuit

In Brief / Visalia
Los Angeles Times – Wire and Staff Reports

A farm worker has been awarded nearly $26 million from Farmers Insurance, an amount local attorneys said was the largest award of its kind in county history. Tulare County jurors found Wednesday that the insurance company should have helped Gustavo Perez fight a suit that resulted when a truck ran into the tractor Perez had borrowed.

Farmers Insurance was ordered to pay $25 million in punitive damages and $863,000 in compensatory damages.

News Brief from the San Joaquin Valley

The Associated Press
(05-23) 09:40 PDT VISALIA, Calif. (AP) —

A farm worker has been awarded nearly $26 million from Farmers Insurance, an amount local attorneys said was the largest award of its kind in county history. Tulare County jurors found Wednesday that the insurance company should have helped Gustavo Perez fight a suit that resulted when a truck ran into the tractor Perez had borrowed.

Farmers Insurance was ordered to pay $25 million in punitive damages and $863,000 in compensatory damages.