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When a police officer is involved in a fatal shooting, the internal investigation can take months, even years, to reach any type of conclusion. The biggest question is often whether the police officer had good reason to shoot at the person.

One family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Fresno police officer, the city police chief, and the police department. Initially their lawsuit was halted after the defendants argued that the police officer had reason to shoot at the individual but a District Court Judge determined that the family's lawsuit can move forward.

Court documents reported that the incident occurred when a Fresno police officer was informed of a driver who possibly had a gun. The driver had been stopped in his vehicle when the officer approached. Though the officer ordered the driver to show his hands, he did not and the police officer shot at the car multiple times, killing the driver.

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Many Californians remember the Toyota recall that first began in 2009 after reports of sudden, unintended acceleration were received. Since then, more than 8 million vehicles have been recalled.

But the biggest concern for consumers was the danger that these recalled vehicles posed to drivers, passengers and other vehicles on the road. There were a number of reported accidents related to the sudden acceleration defect, including several fatal crashes. In response, several families of those killed in the accidents filed wrongful death lawsuits against the motor vehicle company.

Now, there are three lawsuits set for trial in California with Toyota named as the defendant. All three are to occur in 2013, two of which are wrongful death claims. These types of lawsuits can be brought against a party whose negligence resulted in the death of another.

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For many women who live in California, there is a lot of pressure on them to feel as if they always have to look their best. This may be why some women may be susceptible to advertisements claiming to help people lose weight.

Unfortunately, however, what seems to be "too good to be true" often is. Ads posted around California for 1-800-GET-THIN have recently been connected to several deaths of people who used the services and a potentially dangerous product called a Lap-Band.

Since 2009, five people have died after receiving Lap-Band surgery and several wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits have been filed against the people affiliated with the ad campaign.

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It was intended to be a fun afternoon, with families and other spectators gathering in the Mojave Desert to watch the California 200 road race. But instead the day became a horrifying memory for many who witnessed a truck driver lose control and crash into a crowd of people. Eight were killed and many more were injured as a result of the accident.

Now several of the families of victims are filling wrongful death claims against race promoters, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the truck driver. The basis of the claims is that spectators were not adequately protected from injury because the promoters and BLM allowed people to stand too close to the racetrack.

The incident which occurred over a year ago in Southern California became highly publicized. A witness caught the incident on video, which shows the moment when the truck crashes into the group of spectators. The lawsuits allege negligence, arguing that there should have been guardrails up as well as signs warning spectators to stay a certain distance away.

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In a period of three weeks, 15 serious accidents occurred on a stretch of road in Brentwood, California. One of the accidents took the life of a Clayton man when he stopped to help another driver whose car had gone off the road due to the resurfacing work. While the man was offering aid, another car began to drift off the road in a similar manner, striking the man and killing him.

After the fatal accident, the man's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county and California Highway Patrol. His wife and daughter claimed that both parties had been negligent in taking appropriate steps to prevent accidents from occurring while the resurfacing work was going on. Just recently a jury returned a verdict, ordering the county to pay several million dollars to the man's family.

This accident was not the first fatal crash that occurred over the same period of time. Days before the man was killed, a woman had been driving and lost control of her vehicle. She was killed after her car crashed into a tree.

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