Lawyers for San Diego County are seeking to wipe out a record $85 million jury award in a civil rights case or get a new trial because the jury verdict was “incurably infected with error” and the trial was riddled with rulings that damaged the county’s case.
The County of San Diego is now seeking to overturn the verdict in the Lucky Phounsy trial, according to two post-trial motions filed April 2022 in San Diego federal court.
After two months of negotiating, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s attorneys and Sonoma County prosecutors are due back in court Monday, possibly to announce an agreement that settles District Attorney Jill Ravitch’s 30-count criminal case against the utility.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. struck deals worth upward of $55 million with six counties devastated by wildfires on Monday, agreements that place the utility under five years of independent oversight and end the threat of criminal convictions for starting the 2019 Kincade Fire and last year’s million-acre Dixie Fire in the Sierra Nevada.
Uber Technologies Inc. and a California driver must face a negligence suit filed by a garbage truck worker who was injured when a passenger opened their door into the truck, a state appellate court said Friday. William Mason said he was standing on the back of a garbage truck in downtown San Francisco in 2017 when a passenger opened the door of an Uber parked along the street and hit him, causing him to fall and suffer injuries.
The events surrounding the death of Lucky Phounsy began as a family celebration — a birthday party for his 2-year-old son. They ended nearly a decade later in a San Diego federal courtroom, when a jury determined the San Diego Sheriff’s Department was responsible for Phounsy’s death and awarded the family a record $85 million.