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September 05, 2009

Water troubles

MNR Construction Inc. v. Crescenta Valley Water District, Case No. EC050371

Nearly two years ago, San Dimas-based MNR Construction Inc. earned a bid from the Crescenta Valley Water District to construct a 12-inch water main on the 2700, 2800 and 2900 blocks of Foothill Boulevard.

The water district allegedly agreed to pay the construction company $517,619 to install the water main, which workers completed in March 2008, according to a lawsuit filed in Glendale Superior Court.

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But the construction company claims several payment deadlines elapsed and the water district allegedly has failed to pay the full amount.

The water district has denied the construction company’s allegations, citing a lack of information, according to a counter complaint to the lawsuit. The company is seeking $93,903 in damages.

Victory collision

Jennifer Minezaki v. Karapet Naapetyan et al, Case No. EC050372

Burbank resident Jennifer Minezaki was driving Nov. 10, 2007, in a parking lot near Victory Place and Empire Avenue when Glendale resident Karapet Naapetyan collided with her, according to a lawsuit filed in Glendale Superior Court.

Minezaki claims the force of the crash caused pain, suffering and physical injury that required surgery.

The extent of her injuries were not listed in the lawsuit.

Naapetyan answered her complaint and denied the allegations.

He claims she failed to mitigate her injuries and that she didn’t wear a seat belt.

Minezaki is seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

Beyond repair

Alvart Markarian v. Nissan North America Inc., Case No. EC050373

With its 293-horsepower engine and sporty exterior, Alvart Markarian decided to commit to a 2008 Infiniti G37.

He leased the stylish car for $38,887 in March 2008 and agreed to make 23 $448 monthly payments.

But then something went terribly wrong with the car.

Markarian claims in a lawsuit filed in Glendale Superior Court that the car had a defective transmission and brake system, which he tried to repair twice.

The car would not start, allowed excessive noise to enter the interior, had defective exterior lamps and an unrepairable check engine light.

The car remained out of service for 69 days, Markarian claims.

He is suing to get back what he spent on the car.

Flying objects

Florence Dorick v. Costco Wholesale Corporation et al, Case No. EC050377

Florence Dorick was shopping at the Costco store in Burbank on Aug. 1, 2007, when a bottle of liquid Cascade soap fell from a display stack and hit her on the head, according to a lawsuit filed in Glendale Superior Court.

She claims to have suffered serious and severe injuries to her head and neck.

Costco’s failure to secure the soap was negligent, the lawsuit claims.

She is suing for more than $25,000 in damages.

Law & Disorder is a weekly digest of the strange, bizarre and occasionally heartbreaking cases found in our local courthouses. Remember: The accused are presumed innocent until proved otherwise; filing a lawsuit does not automatically make the defendant liable, and the person in the black robe is probably a judge. Send your tips to veronica.rocha@ latimes.com.


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