City of San Diego Top Payouts and Settlements in 2011

Included among the most expensive lawsuits and claims paid by the City of San Diego in the first half of 2011:

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    • $1.8 million to settle a wrongful-death suit brought by the family of a 58-year-old motorcyclist who was killed in April 2009. The family claimed the city failed to install signage or a traffic signal despite repeated accidents at the location.


    • $982,450 for legal fees of five former city officials targeted by the Securities and Exchange Commission during the era of pension-related investigations. The officials are Michael Uberuaga, Mary Vattimo, Ed Ryan, Patricia Frazier and Terri Webster.


    • $936,131 in fees to lawyer Charles LiMandri, who represented four San Diego firefighters who sued the city because they were forced to march in the Gay Pride Parade. A jury awarded the plaintiffs just $34,300.


    • $448,000 to resident Lawrence Fournier to settle a property damage claim for a sewer backup in Fournier’s home.


    • $375,000 to Alton Crowley, who was struck by a police cruiser while walking in a crosswalk.


    • $285,000 to residents John Trunkey and Greg Bishop for water-related property damage in 2006.


    • $225,000 to the family of 17-year-old Noe Rojas, who was fatally shot by police in 2007.



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