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By Angela Hokanson | June 7, 2008
GLENDALE — The California Court of Appeal ruled on Tuesday that federal regulations governing the “push” mode of train operation preempt the practice from being used against Metrolink in a class-action lawsuit that stems from a January 2005 train crash. The appellate court ruled that because the push-pull system of operation is lawful under regulations of the Federal Railroad Administration, the body that governs railroad equipment and operations, the plaintiffs can’t argue in state court that the practice was negligent, said Joseph Mascovich, one of Metrolink’s attorneys.
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LOCAL
By Angela Hokanson and The Leader | June 4, 2008
GLENDALE — The California Court of Appeal ruled on Tuesday that federal regulations governing the “push” mode of train operation preempt the practice from being used against Metrolink in a class-action lawsuit that stems from a January 2005 train crash. The appellate court ruled that because the push-pull system of operation is lawful under regulations of the Federal Railroad Administration, the body that governs railroad equipment and operations, the plaintiffs can’t argue in state court that the practice was negligent, said Joseph Mascovich, one of Metrolink’s attorneys.
NEWS
November 8, 2000
Paul Clinton MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Residents of a Media District apartment complex have sued the building's owner, alleging conditions in the housing units caused health problems. Six current and former residents of Lakeside Apartments have put their names to the class-action lawsuit, which could eventually include several hundred people who lived in the complex at one time or another, Los Angeles attorney Mike Arias said. "We have a lot of people who have become sick and ill because of conditions at Lakeside Apartments," Arias said.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | June 13, 2009
BURBANK — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday confirmed it is evaluating the so-called Polliwog site, an 11-acre parcel at the center of two recent lawsuits that allege the Walt Disney Co. has for decades contaminated groundwater with toxic chemicals, including cancer-causing chromium 6. “The EPA has supported and will continue to support the state’s efforts to determine what if any action to take at this site,” said...
NEWS
April 20, 2002
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- Lockheed Martin Corp. will pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit with 40 residents who allege the company's chemical runoff contaminated Burbank water, causing illness, death and property damage. While the firm said it was able to "scientifically prove that we didn't harm anyone," Lockheed spokeswoman Gail Rymer said solvents did enter the ground water as the result of 60 years of operations. But she said "there is no cause and effect."
NEWS
September 21, 2002
City department heads have been dropped from a job-discrimination lawsuit naming them as defendants. Last week, six employees -- from the assistant city manager to the Parks, Recreation and Community Services director -- were taken off a lawsuit filed last year by Deborah McMurray and Marjorie George, two city employees who alleged age, race and gender discrimination and harassment. The city of Burbank is the remaining defendant. Irma Rodriguez Moisa, the city's private attorney in the case, said McMurray and George agreed to drop the names after sanctions were threatened against their attorney.
NEWS
July 5, 2003
A Burbank-based charter jet company was ordered to pay $10.2 million to the families of three people killed in a 2001 plane crash in Aspen, Colo., according to news reports. A Los Angeles civil jury awarded $8.5 million to the parents of 22-year-old woman and $1.7 million to the grandmother of two brothers, all of whom were killed in the crash. The findings also allow the plaintiffs to seek punitive damages against Avjet Corp. The Gulfstream III twin turbojet plane departed from Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport on March 29, 2001, and picked up additional passengers at Los Angeles International Airport before departing for Aspen.
BUSINESS
By Christopher Cadelago | October 23, 2009
MEDIA DISTRICT — A federal judge in Los Angeles refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. of polluting the surrounding area with chromium 6. U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson on Monday denied the company’s motion to dismiss the claims of Environmental World Watch and four residents who contend that the contamination violates the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Disney officials...
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | October 26, 2009
MEDIA DISTRICT — A federal judge in Los Angeles refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. of polluting the surrounding area with chromium 6. U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson on Monday denied the company’s motion to dismiss the claims of Environmental World Watch and four residents who contend that the contamination violates the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Disney officials...
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