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By Ryan Vaillancourt | November 14, 2007
LOS ANGELES — The same jury that ruled last week against owners of the Glendale Galleria for interfering with lease negotiations at the Americana at Brand decided Tuesday to tack an additional $15 million in punitive damages to the $74 million it had already awarded Americana developer Caruso Affiliated. The decision ended a seven-week trial and more than three years of legal wrangling between the two real estate titans who clashed over why construction of the $435-million Americana was delayed.
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By Mary O'Keefe | June 8, 2007
In a first of its kind ruling, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has handed down a decision that four people who allege sexual abuse by a former associate pastor of St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church in La Cañada will be allowed to seek punitive damages against the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Judge Haley J. Fomholz ruled May 23 that punitive damages can be sought against the Archdiocese for failing to protect the four from the accused predator. The case concerns Father Lynn Caffoe, 61, who has been accused of molesting children from 1975 to 1991.
LOCAL
By Abraham Meltzer | March 21, 2009
A federal court jury recently ruled that the city of Glendale must pay $1.16 million after finding that the Glendale Police Department wrongly detained a man, Edmond Ovasapyan, for eight months in connection with a murder investigation (“Man wins lawsuit against police,” Feb. 26). Additionally, the jury also awarded the man $150,000 in punitive damages to be paid by Glendale police Det. Arthur Frank and Lt. Ian Grimes. The city has the option to agree to pay the punitive damages on behalf of these two officers — and the City Council should vote to do just that.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | October 28, 2009
GLENDALE — A $150,000 punitive damages judgment against two Glendale Police officers will be covered by the city, city officials announced. Councilwoman Laura Friedman made the announcement as she read from a prepared statement at the conclusion of Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Glendale Police Lt. Ian Grimes and Det. Arthur Frank were ordered to pay $75,000 each in punitive damages as part of a $1.31-million judgment against the city in a civil rights lawsuit filed by Edmond Ovasapyan.
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By Veronica Rocha | October 29, 2009
GLENDALE — A $150,000 punitive-damages judgment against two Glendale police officers will be covered by the city. Councilwoman Laura Friedman made the announcement as she read from a prepared statement at the conclusion of Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Glendale police Lt. Ian Grimes and Det. Arthur Frank were ordered to pay $75,000 each in punitive damages as part of a $1.31-million judgment against the city in a civil rights lawsuit filed by Edmond Ovasapyan.
NEWS
April 30, 2003
Darleene Barrientos Adam Kopulsky claims he was just trying to pick up a friend almost two years ago when he was stopped by Glendale Police, but what happened afterward led him to file a lawsuit against the city. Kopulsky, 21, is suing the city for an unspecified amount of money, alleging his civil rights were violated when he was unnecessarily detained by police officers Oct. 7, 2001, because he is black. The attorneys on each side are scheduled to meet today in court for a hearing.
NEWS
March 23, 2005
Josh Kleinbaum On the day she became a millionaire, Patricia Henley went shopping at the 99 Cent Store. Henley's seven-year battle against Philip Morris USA ended Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal by the tobacco company, cutting short Philip Morris' last effort to reduce or overturn a $10.5-million verdict. "It still didn't sink in," said Marion Belding, Henley's 72-year-old father. "I guess when she gets a check in the hands, she'll really realize it. You become a millionaire and then go shopping at the 99 Cent Store."
NEWS
January 29, 2005
Marisa O'Neil A jury on Thursday ruled that a Newport Coast physician will have to pay $700,000 in damages to his son's former high school baseball coach, a Glendale native who the physician sued twice before. After four hours of deliberation, a jury in Superior Court Judge Robert Gallivan's courtroom decided that Marc Martinez had acted with "oppression, malice, despicable conduct or fraud" against Corona del Mar High School baseball coach John Emme, 41. Emme filed the countersuit after Martinez pulled his son off the varsity team in 2001, complained to the school district about Emme, filed two lawsuits and made allegedly damaging comments about the coach to local and national media outlets.
NEWS
December 18, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman A contractor who picketed in front of Chevy Chase Country Club on Friday isn't the only person who claims he is owed payment for work performed: The club is being sued by 13 former employees. The lawsuit, which lists the country club and owner Kyu Han as defendants, alleges Han "knowingly and intentionally" withheld tips from waiters, bartenders, busboys and a chef. The lawsuit also claims Han regularly miscalculated state and federal withholding taxes and fired executive chef Mike Borassi in violation of a five-month contract.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | January 6, 2010
NORTHWEST GLENDALE ? The city?s appeal of a $1.31-million judgment for wrongly detaining a man for eight months could take up to two years to wind its way through the legal system, city attorneys said. A federal jury awarded Edmond Ovasapyan the judgment in February after it found the city wrongfully detained him for eight months as authorities investigated the shooting death of 21-year-old Christopher Shahanzari on Nov. 1, 2005. City attorneys argued that his incarceration was a result of the Los Angeles County bureaucracy, and that it was because of the diligence of Glendale police detectives that he was eventually exonerated and released.
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By Gary Huerta | March 9, 2010
This paper published a story March 4 about a local woman, Hasmik Khanbabayan, who filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city. She claims her husband, Vahan Karapetian, allegedly died from injuries sustained when he fell off a porch at the historic Casa Adobe de San Rafael. As I read the article, the only facts I learned about her case were that her husband was in his 80s when he fell; he was hospitalized for two months with a fractured hip and shoulder before he died; and there were no witnesses.
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By Veronica Rocha | January 6, 2010
NORTHWEST GLENDALE ? The city?s appeal of a $1.31-million judgment for wrongly detaining a man for eight months could take up to two years to wind its way through the legal system, city attorneys said. A federal jury awarded Edmond Ovasapyan the judgment in February after it found the city wrongfully detained him for eight months as authorities investigated the shooting death of 21-year-old Christopher Shahanzari on Nov. 1, 2005. City attorneys argued that his incarceration was a result of the Los Angeles County bureaucracy, and that it was because of the diligence of Glendale police detectives that he was eventually exonerated and released.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | October 29, 2009
GLENDALE — A $150,000 punitive-damages judgment against two Glendale police officers will be covered by the city. Councilwoman Laura Friedman made the announcement as she read from a prepared statement at the conclusion of Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Glendale police Lt. Ian Grimes and Det. Arthur Frank were ordered to pay $75,000 each in punitive damages as part of a $1.31-million judgment against the city in a civil rights lawsuit filed by Edmond Ovasapyan.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | October 28, 2009
GLENDALE — A $150,000 punitive damages judgment against two Glendale Police officers will be covered by the city, city officials announced. Councilwoman Laura Friedman made the announcement as she read from a prepared statement at the conclusion of Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Glendale Police Lt. Ian Grimes and Det. Arthur Frank were ordered to pay $75,000 each in punitive damages as part of a $1.31-million judgment against the city in a civil rights lawsuit filed by Edmond Ovasapyan.
LOCAL
By Abraham Meltzer | March 21, 2009
A federal court jury recently ruled that the city of Glendale must pay $1.16 million after finding that the Glendale Police Department wrongly detained a man, Edmond Ovasapyan, for eight months in connection with a murder investigation (“Man wins lawsuit against police,” Feb. 26). Additionally, the jury also awarded the man $150,000 in punitive damages to be paid by Glendale police Det. Arthur Frank and Lt. Ian Grimes. The city has the option to agree to pay the punitive damages on behalf of these two officers — and the City Council should vote to do just that.
BUSINESS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | November 14, 2007
LOS ANGELES — The same jury that ruled last week against owners of the Glendale Galleria for interfering with lease negotiations at the Americana at Brand decided Tuesday to tack an additional $15 million in punitive damages to the $74 million it had already awarded Americana developer Caruso Affiliated. The decision ended a seven-week trial and more than three years of legal wrangling between the two real estate titans who clashed over why construction of the $435-million Americana was delayed.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | June 8, 2007
In a first of its kind ruling, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has handed down a decision that four people who allege sexual abuse by a former associate pastor of St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church in La Cañada will be allowed to seek punitive damages against the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Judge Haley J. Fomholz ruled May 23 that punitive damages can be sought against the Archdiocese for failing to protect the four from the accused predator. The case concerns Father Lynn Caffoe, 61, who has been accused of molesting children from 1975 to 1991.
NEWS
March 23, 2005
Josh Kleinbaum On the day she became a millionaire, Patricia Henley went shopping at the 99 Cent Store. Henley's seven-year battle against Philip Morris USA ended Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal by the tobacco company, cutting short Philip Morris' last effort to reduce or overturn a $10.5-million verdict. "It still didn't sink in," said Marion Belding, Henley's 72-year-old father. "I guess when she gets a check in the hands, she'll really realize it. You become a millionaire and then go shopping at the 99 Cent Store."
NEWS
January 29, 2005
Marisa O'Neil A jury on Thursday ruled that a Newport Coast physician will have to pay $700,000 in damages to his son's former high school baseball coach, a Glendale native who the physician sued twice before. After four hours of deliberation, a jury in Superior Court Judge Robert Gallivan's courtroom decided that Marc Martinez had acted with "oppression, malice, despicable conduct or fraud" against Corona del Mar High School baseball coach John Emme, 41. Emme filed the countersuit after Martinez pulled his son off the varsity team in 2001, complained to the school district about Emme, filed two lawsuits and made allegedly damaging comments about the coach to local and national media outlets.
NEWS
April 30, 2003
Darleene Barrientos Adam Kopulsky claims he was just trying to pick up a friend almost two years ago when he was stopped by Glendale Police, but what happened afterward led him to file a lawsuit against the city. Kopulsky, 21, is suing the city for an unspecified amount of money, alleging his civil rights were violated when he was unnecessarily detained by police officers Oct. 7, 2001, because he is black. The attorneys on each side are scheduled to meet today in court for a hearing.
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