June 28, 2013
Burbank residents Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo - plaintiffs who helped take Proposition 8 all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court - are slated to be married by outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa this evening. The announcement came shortly after a federal appeals court opened the way for same-sex weddings to resume in California. Katami and Zarillo, together with a lesbian couple from Berkeley, were plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 case that was decided by the Supreme Court earlier this week.
September 6, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- Although the original group of plaintiffs has been whittled down from 2,400 to about 200, an attorney representing current and former Burbank residents who blame Lockheed Martin Corp. for their health problems said Tuesday that the fight is not over. "We feel very confident on the remaining cases," Santa Barbara attorney Thomas Foley said. On Friday, in the latest action to pare down the litigant pool, Los Angeles County Superior Judge Court Carl West threw out 200 claims against Lockheed.
May 10, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK -- Lynnell Madrid is livid. Two days after a judge tossed out lawsuits brought by 140 Burbank-area residents who believe their health problems were caused by Lockheed Martin Corp., Madrid vowed to fight on. "It was just earth-shattering," Madrid said. "For four years we have been hoping for Lockheed to be held accountable for what they did to us." On Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl West said attorneys for the 140 residents -- picked from a pool of nearly 3,000 because of the seriousness of their ailments -- didn't prove the aerospace firm was directly responsible for their health problems.
February 2, 2002
Laura Sturza LOS ANGELES -- Lockheed-Martin Corporation is facing trial after being sued by four plaintiffs alleging the company's chemical runoff contaminated Burbank water, causing illness or death. The firm paid $60 million in 1996 to 1,350 residents and $5 million in 2000 to 400 residents in out-of-court settlements related to cancer-causing chemicals first found in 1980 in Burbank. "These are the first ones (lawsuits) to actually go to trial," Lockheed Spokeswoman Gail Rymer said.
February 23, 2002
Laura Sturza LOS ANGELES -- Lockheed-Martin Corporation settled a lawsuit with forty plaintiffs who alleged that the company's chemical runoff contaminated Burbank water, causing illness, death or property damage. Terms of the settlement will be disclosed after they have been finalized in about two weeks, Lockheed spokeswoman Gail Rymer said. The trial was postponed when Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer broke her hip. This meant the case could be declared a mistrial, and that the parties might wait as much as a year for a new trial, Rymer said.
October 10, 2001
Laura Sturza AIRPORT DISTRICT -- The most recent agreement between Southwest Airlines and plaintiffs in the crash of one of its 737 jets at the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport in March 2000, was reached last Friday, officials said. In an effort to keep legal costs to a minimum, officials at Southwest admitted late last year to pilot negligence. This admission has helped move several cases to settlement, which are confidential, Southwest Attorney Christopher Young said.
October 18, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK -- A group of Burbank residents suing Lockheed Martin Corp. has accepted a $5-million settlement offer from the aerospace giant, according to their attorney. Lockheed had offered to pay approximately 400 current and former residents the money if they drop their "toxic tort" lawsuits claiming chemical byproducts from the firm's manufacturing operations caused cancer and other illnesses. The plaintiffs reluctantly accepted the money because the statute of limitations on their claims was running out. "I don't think any of my clients are happy with the settlement," attorney Thomas Foley said Tuesday.
September 27, 2006
GLENDALE — A Los Angeles Superior Court judge denied a Metrolink request on Thursday to throw out more than 100 cases against the agency in connection with a 2005 train wreck that killed 11 people and injured nearly 200 others, officials said. There are 113 active lawsuits against Metrolink in connection with the incident, and 29 plaintiffs have settled, said attorney Edward R. Pfiester, who represents the wife of the conductor killed in the Glendale crash, among others. Judge Emilie Elias denied two motions made by Metrolink on Thursday — one to essentially throw out the cases, and another motion to uphold federal regulations over state law on the use of the controversial "push-pull" method, in which a locomotive pushes the train from behind in one direction but pulls in the other direction, Pfiester said.
May 13, 2000
It's been nearly 10 years since Lockheed Martin Corp. pulled up its remaining stakes in the city and left Burbank residents to sort through a complicated and conflicting legacy. Few would argue with the tremendous accomplishments of Lockheed and the other aerospace companies that once made this city their home. Their engineering and manufacturing prowess earned Burbank a spot in the nation's collective consciousness long before Johnny Carson began making jokes about "beautiful downtown Burbank."