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Paboojian, Inc. files civil complaint that alleges Fresno tow truck driver in fatal Friant crash was under the influence

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FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – An attorney for the family of the young woman who was killed in a crash involving a tow truck on Friant Road in Fresno has filed a civil complaint in the Fresno County Superior Court on Friday.

The complaint alleges the driver of the tow truck, John Ashcroft, who was employed by 1st Class Tow, had taken a controlled substance within 24 hours before the crash that killed 22-year-old Amaya Chenot. The crash happened on April 12th in the early morning hours. No criminal charges have been filed.

Attorney Warren Paboojian is representing Amaya’s mother Kimberly Chenot. The complaint does not say what substance Ashcraft allegedly took and it does not go into detail about how they knew Ashcraft was under the influence at the time of the crash. The complaint is seeking monetary damages for medical bills and burial costs and damages for a wrongful death. It does not say how much money they are seeking.

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Paboojian, Inc. sues County Sheriff’s Office who shot and killed a family pet and Fresno civil jury says it’ll cost $800,000

Article by BY ROBERT RODRIGUEZ – Fresno Bee

A Fresno family was awarded $800,000 in damages after a jury found the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office violated their civil rights and acted with negligence when it entered their home and killed their family pet. The jury reached its verdict on Wednesday after deliberating for nearly three days. The incident happened on June 3, 2018 at the home of Veronica Ordaz Gonzalez and Jose Ramos Santiago, who live in the 100 block of Lind Avenue in southeast Fresno. Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home and told Gonzalez they were looking for a suspect who vandalized his parents’ car. The deputies were told the suspect might be at the home, according to a civil lawsuit filed against the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies wanted to search the home, but Gonzalez said she didn’t know the person they were looking for and would not allow deputies in her home. What happened next was in dispute. A deputy alleges Gonzalez gave him consent to search; she denies it. The family’s lawyer Nolan Kane, a partner with Paboojian Inc., said his clients were placed in handcuffs while four deputies searched the home. The deputies also tied up the family’s dog, Scooby, while a canine officer and his handler were in the backyard. Kane said Scooby got loose and ran to the backyard where a deputy shot and killed him. “The deputy said the dog bit the leg of his canine, but there were no injuries to the canine, and no visit to the vet,” Kane said. “Our theory was there was no dog bite. It was an unreasonable amount of force on the dog.”

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Paboojian, Inc. says Fresno Unified should pay for student’s therapy after disturbing video

Article By BY JULIANNA MORANO – Fresno Bee

An attorney for the Wolters Elementary student who was struck by ex-principal Brian Vollhardt in the June 7 incident caught on camera has filed a claim for damages with Fresno Unified. Jason Bell, an attorney with Baradat & Paboojian law firm in Fresno, said the student, who has special needs, didn’t suffer substantial physical injuries but required therapy and counseling. “Emotionally, this has taken a toll on him — as a 10-year-old boy that was struck by an adult,” Bell told The Bee’s Education Lab on Monday evening, “and especially an adult that was supposed to be teaching him right from wrong.” Vollhardt’s attorney, Roger Wilson, could not immediately be reached for comment after business hours Monday evening. The claim was filed with the district Sept. 12. It states that the Fresno Unified “negligently hired, retained, supervised and employed” Vollhardt. Bell said the exact dollar amount he’ll be asking the district for is still to be determined but will compensate for the “egregious” conduct to which his client was subjected.

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Paboojian, Inc. to represent student shoved by Fresno Unified School Principal

Article By Andrea Salcedo – Washingotn Post

In early June, a student with special needs walked up to a principal in a Fresno, Calif., school cafeteria and pointed his finger at the adult. Seconds later, the principal pushed the 10-year-old boy to the ground in front of school staff and other students, an inaudible 30-second clip shows.

Authorities have since charged Brian Vollhardt, the then Wolters Elementary School principal, with child abuse and endangerment in connection with the incident involving the minor, who was not publicly identified, court records show.

The misdemeanor charge comes after the Fresno Unified School District released a copy of the June 7 video on Thursday. District officials said Vollhardt and staff members “were working with an upset student” at the school cafeteria that June morning. It is unclear what happened before the video begins.

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Paboojian, Inc. represents family after Fresno Sherriff deputies handcuff them and kill their pet dog

By Pablo Lopez | Fresno Spotlight

On a hot June day, Veronica Ordaz Gonzalez was eating ice cream with her family inside her southeast Fresno home when sheriff’s deputies showed up with guns drawn.

What happened next is the subject of a civil rights trial that begins Sept. 12 in Fresno County Superior Court. The family contends sheriff’s deputies handcuffed them at gunpoint in June 2018, entered their home without a warrant, and shot and killed their beloved dog, Scooby.

Fresno attorney Nolan Kane represents Gonzalez, 34, her father, Roberto Perez, 64, her brother, Omar Perez, 27, and her boyfriend, Jose Ramos Santiago, 37. They are seeking damages for false imprisonment, battery, violation of civil rights and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Superior Court Judge Kimberly A. Gaab has already ruled in their favor, rejecting the Sheriff’s Office attempt to dismiss the lawsuit. The defendants are Sgt. James Dunn and Deputies Courtney Bush, Jeffrey Morse, Colleen Santos and Isaac Cervantes. They are represented by Fresno attorneys James Weakley and Leslie Dillahunty.

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Paboojian, Inc. representing Fresno County student seriously injured in game at high school rally

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Fun and games at a school rally turned into serious injuries for a student whose new lawsuit says a Fresno County school put him in danger.

The rally at Tranquillity High School was supposed to just be a fun sort of human demolition derby, but for at least one student, the fun came at a high cost.

The crowd cheered in April as bouncy bubbles filled with students crashed into each other for fun.

But you can see in video taken by another student that those bubbles didn’t cover the kids’ heads.

They also didn’t have enough air to protect the kids, according to a new lawsuit against the school district.

“And when these kids were told to run from opposite ends of the gymnasium and run into each other, children were seriously injured,” said plaintiff’s attorney Jason Bell of Baradat & Paboojian.

Bell says more than one kid got hurt and he filed a lawsuit on behalf of two of them.

Attorneys have not yet identified all the students in the bubbles and don’t know if the videos show the collision leading to the most serious injuries.

But Bell says one of his clients – a Tranquillity junior – suffered a broken neck, blood clots in his neck, and a severe concussion.

Doctors here had to fly him to San Francisco because of the severity.

Four months later, he’s still on blood thinners for the blood clots, his broken neck is still healing, and he’s about to miss out on his senior year football season.

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Paboojian, Inc. obtains settlement for teenager punched in the face by Fresno Police

The city of Fresno is poised to settle the excessive force lawsuit brought by London Wallace for $500,000, attorneys confirmed to The Bee. Wallace sued Fresno Police Department, alleging Officer Christopher Martinez used excessive force in a 2019 incident where body camera footage showed Martinez punching Wallace, then 17, multiple times. The Fresno City Council still must approve the settlement. A Fresno police spokesperson referred questions about the settlement to City Hall. Sontaya Rose, spokesperson for the mayor’s office, declined to comment Wednesday. Wallace’s attorneys, Warren Paboojian and Nolan Kane, said Wallace, now 20, is satisfied with the settlement. “It was a long process,” Kane said. “He wants to move on with his life. “It’s too bad it took so long to reach a resolution, and the city of Fresno fought so hard when it was clearly an overreaction by the officer,” Kane said. Wallace’s case became national news once the body camera footage was released. Fresno’s independent police reviewer in 2020 found the officer used excessive force when he repeatedly punched Wallace. Independent reviewer John Gliatta admitted withholding the report with his finding, citing concerns the findings could lead to civil unrest during a time when protests erupted in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.

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Alleged Cain Velasquez target Harry Goularte, family face civil lawsuit filed by Paboojian, Inc. detailing accusations of molestation, negligence

While the criminal justice system continues to work itself out pertaining to the arrest of accused child molester and alleged Cain Velasquez shooting target Harry Goularte, a civil complaint has been filed in Santa Clara County (Calif.) court.

According to a complaint acquired by MMA Junkie, Goularte, as well as his business, Certified Custom Concrete, his mother Patricia Goularte and her business, Patty’s Childcare, and his stepfather Paul Bender face a number of allegations pertaining to the alleged sexual assault of a minor.

The plaintiffs listed on the document are anonymous albeit for initials, which shared the initials of Velasquez’s 4-year-old son, whom Velasquez’s criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos identified as the alleged victim in the criminal case.

The 13-page document accuses the defendants of not properly providing adequate supervision and care to the alleged victim. It also states the alleged victim was sexually abused by Goularte, who is accused of removing the child’s clothing, touching the child’s privates, and exposing himself to the child “numerous times” from 2021-2022.

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Judge rules Fresno police brutality lawsuit filed by Paboojian, Inc. is valid

In January 2019, a Fresno police body camera captured an officer grabbing a Black teenager and punching him multiple times in the face and head, seemingly for no reason. Then, with the teen pinned to the ground, another officer unleashed more blows on the defenseless subject while other officers stand by and did nothing to stop the beating.

On Aug. 9, London Wallace will finally get his day in federal court, where he has accused the Fresno Police Department of violating his civil rights. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii ruled this month that Wallace has a legitimate civil rights lawsuit against Officers Christopher Martinez, Ricardo Loza and Patrick Feller for excessive force, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Ishii also ruled that the officers could be on the hook for punitive damages because the beating of Wallace could be viewed by the jury as “reckless disregard” for his civil rights.

In his June 10 ruling, Ishi said Wallace complied with police commands, was not a threat to them and was not actively resisting. He also ruled that police repeatedly punched Wallace without provocation and while the teen was pinned on the ground.

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Paboojian, Inc. representing Clovis student after alleged locker room assault left him traumatized.

The Clovis Unified School District is being sued by a student who alleges he was bullied, harassed and physically assaulted last year while on the campus of Clovis West High.

In his lawsuit, filed Tuesday, the student says the attack took place on Sept. 21 inside the boys locker room at Clovis West and in the presence of multiple students.

The alleged assault left him traumatized, in emotional distress and humiliated, according to the lawsuit. He is seeking financial damages and is represented by the Paboojian, Inc. law firm in Fresno.

“Plaintiff was coerced into the boys locker room at Clovis West High School during regularly scheduled school hours. Against his will, Plaintiff was attacked: pinned, his pants were pulled down and he was hit, spanked and digitally penetrated in the anus,” the lawsuit states.

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Paboojian, Inc. says heart procedure at local hospital resulted in three amputated limbs

A Fresno man is suing Saint Agnes Medical Center after he went in for a heart procedure and ended up losing three of his limbs.

Keith Rickelman, 62, an avid runner, bicyclist and hiker, suffered a heart attack May 7 and was admitted into the hospital for treatment. Doctors determined the Fresno lawyer needed one of his heart valves replaced, according to the suit.

As part of his treatment, Rickelman was given Heparin, a blood thinner used to reduce the potential for blood clots. And that’s when the problems began, said attorney Warren Paboojian, Rickelman’s attorney.

Paboojian said his client is suing the hospital for medical malpractice, alleging the doctors and medical staff did not properly monitor Rickelman’s blood platelet levels, which plummeted dangerously low after he was given Heparin.

“His blood starts to clot and he begins to experience tingling and a loss of sensation in his limbs,” Paboojian said Tuesday. “He stayed on it for a few days and his extremities were deteriorating. His toes were turning black and blue.”

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Lawsuit claims St. Agnes mistake cost Fresno attorney three limbs

A fairly common medical treatment has led to a series of lawsuits, including one against a Fresno hospital because it’s blamed for a man losing three of his four limbs.

Keith Rickelman’s life changed quickly in May 2020.

He got married May 1 and was admitted to St. Agnes Hospital a few days later when he needed heart surgery.

“As a result of going in for heart surgery, he ended up being a triple amputee,” said Rickelman’s attorney Warren Paboojian. “Not because of the heart surgery, but because of the drug that was given to him called Heparin.”

Paboojian filed a malpractice lawsuit against St. Agnes and seven of its employees. He says medical staff used the common blood thinner Heparin.

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Visalia nursing home facing lawsuit after resident’s COVID-19-related death

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — To date, close to 200 employees and residents in the Redwood Springs Healthcare Center have been infected with the coronavirus.

Eighty-six-year-old Santiago Gonzalez had lived in the facility for two years, ever since his wife died in 2018. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early April and within a week was dead.

His family is now suing the facility, claiming improper training and inadequate precautions and protective equipment.

“None of them were able to say goodbye,” Attorney Warren Paboojian said. “None of them were able to visit him, so it was a very difficult time for them. And they want answers quite frankly, and they need answers as to why and how this happened so quickly.”

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Officer who punched teen in face said he was resisting. But video ‘raises concerns,’ chief says.

17-year-old London Wallace filed a lawsuit against Fresno PD, using body cam video of an officer punching him several times on Jan. 23 as evidence. (ABC30)

As a police officer patted him down, 17-year-old London Wallace stood with his arms behind his head. When another officer pointed and ordered him to sit, the teen walked in that direction.

It was then that Fresno, Calif., police officer Christopher Martinez grabbed Wallace’s arm, punched him several times in the face and wrestled him to the ground. In reports written after the incident, Martinez accused Wallace of resisting arrest and fighting back. The punches, he wrote, were necessary to restrain him.

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GOP dairyman’s family farm held responsible for California farmworker’s amputation

WASHINGTON
Former Rep. David Valadao’s family dairy is asking a California appeals court to reconsider part of a recent jury verdict that held the farm mostly responsible for a 2016 accident that severed an employee’s hand.

His dairy’s worker’s compensation insurance carrier had been trying to limit its potential financial losses from an incident in which employee Carlos Martinez Ocampo’s arm was caught in an auger and cut off below the right elbow.

A Kings County jury in October found that Valadao Dairy bore the greatest share of responsibility for the incident, assigning 80 percent of fault to the dairy, while the manufacturer of the equipment, Tulare-based U.S. Farm Systems, was deemed 20 percent responsible.

Teen sues Fresno PD using body cam video of officer punching him multiple times

ABC30 EXCLUSIVE: Several body cameras recorded the confrontation, which is now the subject of an internal affairs investigation.

London Wallace had no gang connections and no criminal history.

“He’s a high school kid. He likes playing basketball. He’s a nice, calm, timid person,” Kane said. “And you can kind of see that in the video. He’s not used to police contact.”

But police arrested him for resisting arrest after this January incident.

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Attorneys Representing Dylan Noble’s Family Reject Internal Investigation Results

The attorneys for the family of Dylan Noble feel like the police department is still more concerned about the officers instead of improving the tactics they are using during high-pressure situations.

Attorney Warren Paboojian is the attorney representing Dylan’s father, and he believes it was the responding officers who set the tense tone the moment they made the traffic stop with their guns drawn. Paboojian wants additional training but also a change in philosophy.

Dylan Noble lawsuit puts city police practices under a microscope

The city of Fresno’s fight to maintain secrecy of records related to the fatal shooting of Dylan Noble by police officers sustained a blow this week when a federal judge ordered police body camera footage, 911 calls, dispatch audio and more to be turned over to the attorneys of Noble’s parents – without requiring them to keep the evidence out of the public eye.

Western Milling Stops Making Horse Feeds After Animal Deaths

Under a settlement with state officials, Western Milling, LLC, will stop producing horse and specialty feeds at its Goshen manufacturing plant and pay $526,500 in fines to continue operating after feed produced there killed and sickened dozens of horses and cows.

Former Fresno Opera Director Sues Company, Successor for Alleged Defamation

The former director and former associate director of the Fresno Grand Opera filed a lawsuit in Fresno County Superior Court against the company and another former director for defamation and emotional distress.

Fresno lawyer Warren Paboojian filed the civil lawsuit Friday on behalf of Ronald D. Eichman and Thi Nguyen.

School District Sued After Off Campus Gang Rape Report

Three teens are accused of a gang rape in Fresno and now their school is also the target of a lawsuit. The victim says it happened twice — and Central Unified should’ve been able to prevent it.

“The lawsuit is about not only the sexual assault that occurred with these students, but the school district failing to provide adequate safety for the child after they were aware there were problems between these kids,” said Warren Paboojian, the attorney suing on the girl’s behalf.

Four young people died. Did 19-year-old driver cause crash, or is Union Pacific to blame?

Next to a rural road south of Fresno, a cross made of steel with four railroad spikes juts from the ground in honor of four people who were killed nearly four years ago when a car collided with a Union Pacific Railroad freight train.

The trial is of public interest because the same street conditions that led to the deadly collision exist today and Union Pacific has done nothing to fix them, contend Fresno attorneys Warren Paboojian and René Sample, who represent the families of Fernandez, Velasquez and Smith.

Fresno attorneys make new attempt to get report on Seth Ireland’s death

Lawyers for Seth Ireland have filed a motion to compel Fresno County to turn over a report that details why Child Protective Services failed to prevent the killing of the 10-year-old boy, who died in 2009 after being beaten by his mother’s boyfriend.

In a motion, Fresno lawyers Warren Paboojian and Jason Bell say two courts – Fresno County Superior Court and the 5th District Court of Appeal – have ordered county officials to turn over the investigative report to Seth’s father, Joseph Hudson, but they have not done so.

At 3 p.m. Wednesday, they will ask Superior…

Second lawsuit filed in Fresno police shooting of Dylan Noble

The father of Dylan Noble, who was fatally shot by Fresno police during a traffic stop in June, has filed a civil rights wrongful-death lawsuit against the city and its Police Department that contends two officers used excessive force when they fired on the intoxicated 19-year-old as he lay wounded.

In the lawsuit, Fresno attorneys Warren Paboojian and Jason Bell accuse officers Raymond Camacho and Robert Chavez of shooting an unarmed Noble even though he never made a threat toward the officers and they never saw him with a gun or heard him refer to a gun, nor asked him if he had a gun.

Chuck Liddell wins $2 million lawsuit against escrow company

A jury sides with former mixed martial arts star after he sued an escrow firm that aided convicted fraudster

A jury awarded retired mixed martial arts champion Chuck Liddell nearly $2 million Tuesday against an escrow company he says helped developer Kelly Gearhart defraud him.

Parents seek justice for Dylan Noble: ‘He loved life’

The parents of Dylan Noble went on offense Thursday, asking mothers and fathers to stand together and get justice for the 19-year-old who was gunned down by two Fresno police officers during a traffic stop last month.

Meanwhile, family lawyers Warren Paboojian and Stuart Chandler have set the groundwork to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Fresno Police Department.

Fresno police video shows shooting of unarmed suspect

Dylan Noble died in June after police shot him four times, twice as he approached officers, twice while he was on the ground, still moving. His family thinks Fresno police didn’t need to use deadly force.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer said there are questions that body camera recordings, released Wednesday, answer and some they don’t.

Noble family, attorneys react to video released by police

The attorneys representing the Noble family spoke out Wednesday, after video showing the moments 19-year-old Dylan Noble was shot and killed, was released to the public.

The family and attorneys watched the video with Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer last week. Wednesday, Noble’s father Darren Noble, shared few words, as he stood alongside his attorney Warren Paboojian.

Dylan Noble’s parents thought ‘police don’t shoot to kill’ – until son was slain

When Veronica Nelson got the call that her 19-year-old son had been shot by Fresno police, she was actually relieved.

She was staying in Pismo Beach, taking care of her mother-in-law who has stage four cancer. When she heard the news, she scrambled to pack a bag of clothes because she thought she’d be spending nights in the hospital with her son. On the two-and-a-half hour drive home, she imagined scenarios: he might be wheelchair bound for the rest of his life or lose an arm or leg from the gunshot wounds.

I was happy that it was a police officer instead of someone out on the streets t…

Toxic Feed Blamed for Deaths of Show Horses

Toxic horse feed left more than 50 show horses either dead or severely sickened in California’s Central Valley, their owners claim in court.

The owners, who are represented by Warren Paboojian of Paboojian, Inc., seek punitive damages for emotional distress, strict liability, warranty and fraud.

Families Sue Central California School For Negligence Over Bullying

Two families have filed a lawsuit against a Fresno Catholic school accusing school officials of failing to protect students from a bully.

Attorney Warren Paboojian represents the family of an 8-year-old boy and the family of a 7-year-old boy. Paboojian says the boys were subjected to sexual misconduct at the hands of an 8-year-old male bully. Paboojian argues that school officials did not report the bullying immediately to police. Instead, Paboojian says the school conducted an internal investigation before calling police days later.

Lawsuit accuses St. Anthony’s School in Fresno of negligence

In response, the Office of Catholic Education, which serves the Diocese of Fresno, has informed the parents of the two alleged victims that their children no longer can attend St. Anthony’s at Maroa and Bullard avenues or any other Catholic school in the diocese.

“Unbelievable,” replied Fresno attorney Warren Paboojian, who represents the two families. “This sends a terrible message to the community, that if you disagree with the Catholic Church, you will get punished for asserting your constitutional rights,” Paboojian said.

Lawsuit: Fresno High turned ‘blind eye’ to teacher-student affair

A lawyer has accused Fresno High staff members of knowing about English teacher Darren Klassen’s illicit sexual affair with an underage student, but doing nothing to stop it, according to a lawsuit filed in Fresno County Superior Court against the Fresno Unified School District.

Fresno attorney Warren Paboojian said Thursday that the sexual abuse/molestation occurred over two years from January 2013 until September, when Klassen was arrested after the girl’s parents told the Fresno Police Department.

Fresno County settles Seth Ireland case for $1.35 million

A bitter legal battle over the 2009 death of 10-year-old Seth Ireland ended Thursday when Fresno County agreed to pay $1.35 million to the boy’s father and stepbrother.

The settlement was announced Thursday by Fresno attorney Warren Paboojian, who represents Seth’s father, Joseph Hudson.

Fresno County cries foul, wants Seth Ireland case tried elsewhere

Fresno County will ask a judge to move the Seth Ireland wrongful death civil trial out of the county, contending it has been bombarded by “adverse and inaccurate” media attention as well as misinformation from the boy’s father’s lawyer, Warren Paboojian.

In a motion filed this week, lawyers for Fresno County cite several articles published in The Bee and statements Paboojian made to reporters.

Two organizations want Fresno County to cover legal costs, damages in pipeline blast

Two organizations named in several lawsuits along with Fresno County for their apparent roles in a deadly pipeline explosion in northwest Fresno last April want the county to cover their legal and damages costs.

Claims by the Sheriff’s Foundation for Public Safety and Fresno County Peace Officers Association contend they should not be liable for costs or damages related to the explosion that killed one jail inmate and injured 12 others working at the Fresno Sheriff’s Foundation shooting range at 7633 N. Weber Ave.

Explosive Local Lawsuit Could Light Up E-Cigarette Industry

They’re peaking in popularity, but are they sagging in safety? An explosive local lawsuit could light up the e-cigarette industry.

“Obviously, they have not done what needs to be done to protect the public,” said Adam Stirrup, an attorney for the teen suing e-cigarette maker Shenzhen IVPS Technology. It all started with a fire at a Clovis school. It was quite a shock for students and teachers when a Clovis East senior caught fire in the middle of class a couple months ago. But explosions and fires from e-cigarettes are no surprise at all to the industry, or the federal government.

Lawsuit Claims School Mishandled Complaint Of Sexual Contact By Accused Bully

Disturbing accusations from parents at a Fresno school. They claim an eight-year-old bully had sexual contact with their kids and the school didn’t do anything about it. A lawsuit filed this week accuses the school of basically sweeping the problem under the rug. But administrators said they did everything right.

The St. Anthony’s Campus didn’t feel like a safe place anymore to a couple boys as of a few months ago. The seven and eight-year-olds told their parents another boy bullied them, and the trouble included comments and acts of a sexual nature. The parents took it up with…

Lawyer fires back at Fresno County in Seth Ireland death case

In the latest volley over the death of Seth Ireland nearly eight years ago, the Fresno lawyer representing the boy’s family says county officials are lying and hiding a report that exposed actions by social workers.

Warren Paboojian, who represents the boy’s father, Joseph Hudson, said Thursday that Jean Rousseau, Fresno County’s administrative officer, made false statements last week about a quality assurance report that detailed actions by county social services employees.

After Seth’s death, county officials promised the public would learn the truth about what h…

After court battle, Fresno County makes public report about Seth Ireland’s death

At a press conference Wednesday Fresno County officials released the full report regarding the death of 10-year-old Seth Ireland.

“It is important however, that the citizens of Fresno County understand certain facts.” Says County Administrator Jean Rousseau.

Seth died in 2009 after being beaten by Lebaron Vaughn, the boyfriend of Seth’s mother.

After court battle, Fresno County makes public report about Seth Ireland’s death

Social workers had several opportunities to prevent the beating death of 10-year-old Seth Ireland by his mother’s boyfriend, but they failed to follow up on complaints of abuse or interview key witnesses, according to a Fresno County investigative report that was released Wednesday after a lengthy legal battle.

Months before Seth died in January 2009, neighbors had called police and social workers frequently after they heard Seth and his siblings yelling “stop” inside their southwest Fresno home, but the abuse continued, says the report that’s critical of the county’s Child Pro…

Editorial: Fresno County’s contempt for saving a child is shameful

Delay tactics by Fresno County’s contract lawyer to stop the public from learning of mistakes made by Child Protective Services before the murder of 10-year-old Seth Ireland have exited the realm of the absurd and entered the land of the unconscionable.

At a Jan. 14 hearing, Fresno County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Hamilton gave specific orders about an investigative report on Seth’s tragic death.

James Weakley, representing the county, was told to redact the names of social workers and other county employees named in the report and then place it in the court fil…

Fresno County refuses to make public more complete report about Seth Ireland’s death

The lawyer representing the family of Seth Ireland in a wrongful-death lawsuit said Tuesday that Fresno County is doing a disservice by not making public an investigative report that details why Child Protective Services failed to prevent the 2009 killing of the 10-year-old boy by his mother’s boyfriend.

Fresno attorney Warren Paboojian made his comments after a lawyer for Fresno County gave Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Hamilton a redacted copy of the report that gutted the critical findings.

The county’s redacted copy caught Hamilton off guard. That’s because in a…

Judge orders county to turn over report about Seth Ireland’s death

Climaxing a legal battle that has spanned more than six years, Fresno County finally turned over an investigative report that details why Child Protective Services failed to prevent the death of 10-year-old Seth Ireland, who died in 2009 after he was beaten by his mother’s boyfriend.

It took some arm twisting from Judge Jeffrey Hamilton to make it happen.

Joseph Hudson, the father of Seth Ireland, tells supporters outside a Fresno courtroom he will never give up in getting justice for his son.

On Wednesday, Hamilton issued a tentative ruling that said …

Editorial: Ireland case deceit destroys credibility of Fresno County supervisors

Now that a Fresno Superior Court judge has ended the deceit and delay game plan orchestrated by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors in the Seth Ireland case, it’s time to assess the damage to county officials.

For starters, Judge Jeffrey Hamilton on Jan. 14 imposed sanctions of $4,500 on the county for failing to hand over a county report that investigated what Child Protective Services did – and didn’t do – in the days, weeks and months before the 10-year-old Ireland was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend in 2009.

As The Bee’s Pablo Lopez reported in…

Hanford Old Navy Sued Over Secret Video of Girl Undressing

A girl who spotted a cellphone while it recorded a secret video of her undressing in an Old Navy store has sued the store, its parent company, The Gap Inc., and an employee now in jail.

The lawsuit, filed last week in Kings County Superior Court by lawyer Warren Paboojian of Fresno, alleges invasion of privacy, negligence and emotional distress, and seeks damages for pain and suffering.

Intoxicated Driver, City of Fresno to Pay Over $1.25m Over DUI Death

A driver involved in an accident that claimed the life of a 7-year-old will be providing part of what the victim’s family will be receiving as a result the settlement of the civil lawsuit filed by his parents. The driver has also been sent to jail as a result of the occurrence.

According to recent reports, the City of Fresno has agreed to pay more than $1 million to the family, on top of the $100,000 the driver has been ordered to pay. The driver’s insurance company should be able to provide the total sum to the child’s family.

The accident took place …

Lawsuit Filed Against Visalia Unified School District

The Fresno Bee recently published an article that looks at attorney Warren Paboojian’s work representing two girls who were sexually molested by a janitor at their school.

The girls, 9 and 10, attended Oak Grove Elementary School, the place of employment of Antonio Cordova, the man responsible for the heinous acts. Mr. Paboojian has been able to uncover evidence that Cordova perpetrated such acts against multiple victims.

Because the school district failed to take steps to ensure that these actions would never happen, Mr. Paboojian has filed a lawsuit against the …

Madera Unified And BMW At The Center Of Lawsuit

The negligent actions of both the Madera Unified School District and BMW are at the center of a lawsuit that has just been filed by Warren Paboojian on behalf of a family who lost their 14-year old daughter to a hot vehicle.

Graciela Martinez was driven to school in a BMW by her brother Oscar on September 11, and because her class did not start until one hour after her brother’s class, Graciela decided to take a nap in the back of the car. Unbeknownst to Oscar, this particular BMW model, a 328i of the 1997 model year, suffers from a safety defect wherein the doors cannot be unlock…

Clovis Unified School District Molestation Case Settled for $2.1 million

Reports show that the Clovis Unified School District has recently settled a case involving a second-grade student and a Freedom Elementary School teacher.

Media outlets claim that the Clovis Unified School District offered the child’s family a $2 million cash settlement to resolve the case linked to allegations concerning sexual abuse and child pornography charges. The teacher was arrested due to the allegations in January of 2012.

According to a spokesperson, the district acted promptly in order to ensure the community’s confidence in the school district had been …

Paboojian Questions Fresno CPS Worker For Not Heeding Warning Signs

A court case currently being held in Fresno, California finds our own Warren Paboojian representing a grieving father whose ten year old son was murdered. At issue is what could have been done by a Child Protective Services social worker assigned to the boy’s case prior to the tragic incident which took his life.

The young boy in question died after being beaten by his mother’s boyfriend in December 2008. Prior to that incident, CPS was informed of suspected abuse by a neighbor and by the principal at the boy’s school. On each occasion, the social worker was dispat…

Settlement Reached in Fresno’s Roosevelt High School Shooting

Almost four years ago, a special education student at Fresno’s Roosevelt High School walked behind Officer Junus Perry during a lunch break and hit the policeman over the head with a wooden baseball bat. Perry then shot the student, leading the teen to sustain fatal injuries. The incident was classified as self defense by the Fresno Police Department.

That was not the end of the story, though. Officer Perry decided to sue the Fresno Unified School District, claiming that he had not been properly briefed as to the mental state of the teenager. He says that such information may have …

Paboojian, Inc. Donate Generously

The law firm of Paboojian, Inc. has gifted $31,000 to the San Joaquin College of Law for the institution’s continued contributions to the betterment of the community. Mr. Warren Paboojian, himself an alumni from the college, emphasized his desire to help San Joaquin students financially as they embark on their studies.

To that end, a Trial Advocacy Scholarship has been established in the firm’s name, providing $1,000 to one student every year who has expressed a desire to become a trial lawyer. The rest of the money will go toward aiding numerous programs at the college, …

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