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April 17, 2012
Two women who claimed to have fallen about 11 stories while inside a malfunctioning elevator in Irvine have settled a lawsuit against the elevator manufacturer and the Irvine Co. Janet Hsu and her mother, Sufeir Hsu, reached a confidential settlement with ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corp. and the Newport Beach-based Irvine Co. last month, according to court records. According to their claim, filed June 22, 2011, the two were aboard an elevator inside the Irvine Co.-owned high-rise business complex at 1 Park Plaza.
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By Jill Cowan | March 5, 2014
A group of Newport Beach dock owners has come to an agreement with the city over a lawsuit alleging that council members violated state transparency laws when they enacted a controversial rent increase for the use of public tidelands. The agreement could bring to a close more than a year of intense debate and protracted negotiations over the ordinance, which bumped up the rent for private residential docks over state-owned waters from a flat annual fee of $100 to 52.5 cents per square foot per year.
NEWS
January 10, 2011
COSTA MESA — The state appellate court has agreed to extend the Orange County Fairgrounds hearing to give Gov. Jerry Brown time to review the case, according to court records. The hearing date has not been set yet, but it's no longer taking place Feb. 8. The Department of General Services, which is in charge of selling the fairgrounds, asked the court and the parties involved in the lawsuit opposing the sale of the property to give the new governor 30 days to review the case and determine how he wishes to proceed.
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By Emily Foxhall | October 28, 2013
Newport Beach and an advocacy group have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit related to rehabilitation home operator Morningside Recovery, the two entities announced Monday. Under the agreement, which comes after years of discussion and litigation, the city must pay Maintain Our Residential Neighborhoods, or MORN, $60,000. MORN entered into legal action against the city in February 2011, arguing that a 2010 zoning agreement allowing rehabilitation home operator Morningside Recovery to operate in residential areas was invalid.
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By Britney Barnes and Brittany Woolsey | September 4, 2012
The Banning Ranch Conservancy has filed a legal challenge to the approval of the proposed Banning Ranch development. In its lawsuit against the city of Newport Beach, the conservancy argues that the project violates the city's General Plan, which prioritizes that the land in West Newport be kept as open space. The lawsuit, filed Aug. 24, also asserts that the project's environmental impact report was inadequate and doesn't mitigate the project's significant impacts. "The city's only legal responsibility is to prepare the environmental impact report, and their preparation of that was laughable," conservancy Executive Director Steve Ray said.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 2, 2014
A mother is suing for monetary damages, written apologies and new school policies, alleging a Newport Beach teacher bullied her daughter in 2011 and her complaints about it were not properly addressed. According to a lawsuit filed in federal court in February, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District failed to intervene when a Newport Heights Elementary School teacher began harassing the then-fifth-grader in retaliation for a previous complaint. The lawsuit does not identify the mother and daughter, arguing that they deserve anonymity.
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By Britney Barnes | February 22, 2012
An Estancia High School student is seeking $10,000 to $25,000 for injuries he said he sustained while lifting weights, according to a lawsuit filed against the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and Estancia. The male student, through his guardian, filed the lawsuit Feb. 10 in the Orange County Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that the student was lifting weights during a physical education class May 23 when he was injured "due to the negligent, careless, reckless, wanton and unlawful acts of defendants.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 28, 2011
COSTA MESA — A lawsuit filed in May by city employees hoping to stop the proposed mass layoffs has tentatively been scheduled for April 9, city officials confirmed Friday. The complaint by the Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. argues that the City Council's decision earlier this year to outsource more than 40% of the city workforce violates state law. Orange County Superior Court Judge Tam Nomoto Schumann issued a temporary injunction against Costa Mesa over the summer that, until the case is resolved, prohibits the city from laying off its employees and replacing them with workers from the private sector.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | February 15, 2012
A Corona del Mar man's federal lawsuit alleging that racial epithets were put on his restaurant receipts has been settled, court records show. In his civil complaint filed last March, Mark McHenry says he found the N-word and variants of it on several of his receipts from the popular Landmark Steakhouse in Corona del Mar. Some of the receipts, according to the complaint, also included remarks like "Black is the new white" and indicated that...
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By Bradley Zint | October 8, 2013
An Orange County Superior Court jury has rejected the Costa Mesa Visitor and Conference Bureau's $5.1-million lawsuit against an Irvine-based marketing firm, according to court records. The bureau alleged a breach of contract in the July 2012 lawsuit, saying HyperDisk Marketing billed the bureau for services that it didn't perform, such as website design, marketing and consulting. It sought to recover $100,000 for the services and $5 million in punitive damages. The jury issued its ruling Oct. 3, according to court records.
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By Hannah Fry | April 25, 2014
A Newport Beach company is suing Katrina Foley, a Newport-Mesa Unified School District board trustee, claiming she pursued a lawsuit without proper evidence in a case related solely to her capacity as an employment attorney. Monex Deposit Co. filed suit in April 2013 against Foley and her former client Terry Parsons, who initially sued the investment firm for allegedly firing him without cause, according to documents filed with the Orange County Superior Court. The court ruled in Monex's favor.
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By Bradley Zint and Jeremiah Dobruck | April 9, 2014
A lawsuit filed by two Costa Mesa councilmen against the city's police association, its former law firm and a private investigator moved forward Wednesday when a judge ruled that some of the alleged acts against the officials were not protected by the 1st Amendment. Judge Gail A. Andler denied all of the defense's anti-SLAPP motions - or Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation - which had argued that Mayor Jim Righeimer, his wife Lene Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger's lawsuit was stifling the 1st Amendment rights of the Costa Mesa Police Assn.; their former law firm, Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir; and Chris Lanzillo , a private investigator.
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By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times | April 6, 2014
Matthew Vella certainly doesn't look like a troll. Vella is the regular-guy chief executive of Acacia Research Corp., which calls itself a patent outsource licensing company. The Newport Beach firm links up with inventors who fear that others are elbowing in on their patents or whose patents aren't making the money they could. "Our clients often can't afford to hire specialists that will help turn those patents into money," Vella said. "They are not looking to sell them necessarily, but if they are looking to get money because people are infringing their patents, we want to be their partner.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | April 3, 2014
A group of Newport-Mesa Unified parents are circulating an online petition urging the Orange County Board of Education to drop a lawsuit filed against the district and several Corona del Mar High School families whose children allegedly participated in CdM's recent cheating scandal. The Change.org petition encourages the board to "stop wasting taxpayer money" and end the lawsuit, which was filed March 24 by the county board. The group's goal of 100 signatures was attained by Thursday morning, after just two days of being circulated online.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 2, 2014
A mother is suing for monetary damages, written apologies and new school policies, alleging a Newport Beach teacher bullied her daughter in 2011 and her complaints about it were not properly addressed. According to a lawsuit filed in federal court in February, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District failed to intervene when a Newport Heights Elementary School teacher began harassing the then-fifth-grader in retaliation for a previous complaint. The lawsuit does not identify the mother and daughter, arguing that they deserve anonymity.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 20, 2014
A man accused in a lawsuit of filing a false drunk-driving report against Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer asserted his 5th Amendment right not to testify throughout a three-hour deposition on Thursday, attorneys said. Private investigator Chris Lanzillo invoked the constitutional protection against self-incrimination more than 200 times, said attorney John Manly, who represents Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger in the civil action filed against Lanzillo; the law firm that employed him, Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir; and the Costa Mesa Police Assn.
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By Jill Cowan | March 5, 2014
A group of Newport Beach dock owners has come to an agreement with the city over a lawsuit alleging that council members violated state transparency laws when they enacted a controversial rent increase for the use of public tidelands. The agreement could bring to a close more than a year of intense debate and protracted negotiations over the ordinance, which bumped up the rent for private residential docks over state-owned waters from a flat annual fee of $100 to 52.5 cents per square foot per year.
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By Bradley Zint | February 18, 2014
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday night agreed to repeal an ordinance that banned registered sex offenders from city parks without law enforcement permission. The council's unanimous vote comes after state appellate court rulings against similar ordinances adopted by the Irvine City Council and Orange County Board of Supervisors . Costa Mesa is facing its own lawsuit, John Doe vs. City of Costa Mesa, filed in 2012. The Orange County district attorney's office has supported a ban and may be appealing the court decisions to the state Supreme Court, according to city staff.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 14, 2014
Newport Beach announced Friday that it has reached a settlement of almost $1 million with three former police officers who alleged that a corrupt, retaliatory police department unfairly passed them over for promotions. In a 2011 lawsuit, former police lieutenants Craig Frizzell and Steve Shulman sued the Newport Beach Police Department and city. They blamed former police chiefs Bob McDonnell and John Klein and former City Manager Homer Bludau for allegedly passing them over for promotions by using tests designed to favor certain candidates.
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By Bradley Zint and This post has been clarified, as noted below. | January 28, 2014
An Orange County Superior Court judge heard oral arguments this week on motions that could potentially strike a lawsuit filed against Costa Mesa's police union, its former law firm and a private investigator. On Monday, in their respective anti- SLAPP motions - Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation - attorneys for the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn., Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir and private investigator Chris Lanzillo contended that the lawsuit, which alleges harassment and intimidation, stifles the defendants' First Amendment rights.
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