April, 2016

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UC Settles Ted Agu Wrongful Death Lawsuit for $4.75 Million

courtroomFollowing the death of Cal football player Ted Agu during a team drill, the University of California has settled the wrongful death lawsuit filed by his family, for $4.75 million.

Agu, 21, died in winter 2014 after a supervised offseason workout outside Cal’s Memorial Stadium. After his death, his parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that the university put him in such a strenuous workout even when the doctors and coaches knew about his sickle cell trait.

On April 14th, the University of California and Agu’s family reached a settlement, bringing months of negotiations to an end.

Case of 2008 Crash of Bell Chopper in Peru Revived in Oregon Court

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Echoes of a crash of a helicopter in Peru in 2008 are being felt in Multnomah County, Oregon in 2016.

In the crash, while surveying for oil, two pilots and eight Rio Tinto employees were killed when they impacted a mountain in the Andes. Parties in Peru could not agree if there was mechanical failure. The flight also encountered bad weather.

The helicopter was leased by Evergreen International Aviation Helicopters which was based in McMinnville, in Multnomah County. Evergreen’s parent company filed for bankruptcy in 2015, but sold the helicopters division to Erickson Air Crane.

Officially, on March 3, 2008 the Bell 412EP #N417EV, owned by Evergreen Helicopters, Incorporated, and operated by Helinka S.A.C. impacted the Andes mountains 10 nautical miles west of Santa Cruz, Cajamarca, Peru. The United States certificated airline transport pilot, the Peruvian provisional co-pilot, and 10 passengers were fatally injured. According to the NTSB, the helicopter was operating on a company visual flight rules flight plan under Peruvian flight regulations. Eight miners from the Rio Tinto mine were en route to Chiclayo. The helicopter impacted about 3,500 feet above sea level, and was further destroyed by fire at 6 degrees, 38 minutes south latitude, 79 degrees, 10.5 minutes west longitude.

Lawyers initially filed the case in Multnomah County Circuit Court but it was dismissed. At the time, the court decided Peru was the better location for litigation.

Lawyers appealed, and the Oregon Court of Appeals sent the case back to Multnomah.

Domino’s Pizza Ordered to Pay Over $10 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Justice scale on blue backgroundAfter a crash with a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver killed a man, an Orange County jury has awarded over $10 million in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by his widow.

Richard Wiederhold, a district fire chief in Brevard County, suffered a spinal cord injury in the January 2011 crash, that resulted in Quadriplegy. He later died of his injuries in March 2012.

The jury determined that Michigan-based Domino’s Pizza was responsible for its franchisees and ordered them to pay over $10 million.

Domino’s Pizza LLC is planning on petitioning for a new trial. Company spokesperson Tim McIntyre said. “The delivery driver was an employee of an independent franchise owner…As he did not work for us, we believe there are grounds for a new trial.”

Man Who Killed His Wife Sued by Father-in-Law

courtroomThe family of a woman who was shot to death in 2014 by her husband has filed a $1.5 million wrongful death lawsuit.

Raymond Johnson, 39, of Oregon City, Oregon, fatally shot his wife Rebekah Johnson, 32, in their driveway. He was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon in 2015, and is serving 23 years in prison.

The lawsuit, filed by Rebekah’s father, claims that her death has left her kids without a mother and deprived her parents of her companionship.

Judge Rules Porsche Not at Fault in Roger Rodas, Paul Walker Crash

courtroomA judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of Roger Rodas, who died with the Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker in a car crash in 2013.

The lawsuit, filed by Kristine Rodas, alleged that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT car went out of control because of a faulty part in the suspension. She also claimed that four specific defects in the car also contributed to the crash that killed Walker and Rodas.

However, U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez dismissed the lawsuit and ruled that the Porsche executives were not responsible for the crash, and the design defects were speculation. The ruling said, “Plaintiff has provided no competent evidence that Rodas’ death occurred as a result of any wrongdoing on the part of Defendant.

Lawsuit Filed Against Man Who Shot Home Intruder

Justice on Wooden Piece Arranged by BusinessmanA wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a man who was shot and killed after he broke into a house in Helena, Montana.

The lawsuit alleges that Henry Thomas Johnson was running away when James George Stiffler shot him in the back. It accuses Stiffler of negligence, wrongful death and infliction of emotional distress.

The suit has been filed by Roxeen and Byron Wieder, the guardians of Johnson’s daughter.