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File #: 2020-476    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 6/25/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/7/2020 Final action:
Title: CONSIDER APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT IN THE MATTER OF NORMA JONES V. CITY OF CARSON, ET AL., LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT CASE NO. 19STCV08241 (CITY COUNCIL)
Attachments: 1. Jones Settlement Agreement and Stipulation
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Report to Mayor and City Council
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Consent


SUBJECT:
Title
CONSIDER APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT IN THE MATTER OF NORMA JONES V. CITY OF CARSON, ET AL., LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT CASE NO. 19STCV08241 (CITY COUNCIL)

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I. SUMMARY

This report concerns settlement of the litigation in the matter of Norma Jones v. City of Carson, et al. (LASC Case Number 19STCV08241). The plaintiff alleged various injuries to her knee and chest resulting from a trip and fall on a cut-off signpost in the sidewalk located at or near 1325 E. Carson Street. In addition, the plaintiff alleged subsequent injuries to her pelvis and decline in her mental health related to the trip and fall incident.
The Council initially authorized the settlement in closed session on June 16, 2020, and staff is now reporting back to the Council with the written settlement agreement for final Council approval to resolve the litigation (Exhibit 1). The fiscal impact to the City is $250,000 - the expended self-insured retention (SIR).
The City's excess insurance policy through CSAC-EIA, now known as PRISM, provides coverage for settlements and defense costs subject to a $250,000 self-insured retention. After the City pays the settlement sum of $750,000 and final defense costs, the excess insurance carrier will reimburse the City all sums over the SIR.

II. RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation

TAKE the following actions:

1. Approve the settlement agreement (Exhibit 1).

2. Authorize the City Manager to execute the settlement agreement, and any related documents, to resolve the litigation.


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III. ALTERNATIVES

TAKE another action the City Council deems appropriate.

IV. BACKGROUND

Plaintiff, a 78 year-old woman, alleged a trip and fall on a cut-off signpost on the sidewalk at or near 1325 E Carson Street. Plaintiff allegedly fell on her left knee cap, and required surgery to repair her patella. Plaintiff further alleged that while knee was healing, she slipped and fe...

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