Law & Disorder: Beauty mishap Maya Paley v. We Laser Skin and Body Care Inc., Case No. EC 050239

Maya Paley wanted a refreshed look, so she went to We Laser Skin and Body Care Inc. At the North Hollywood beauty shop on April 12, 2008, she requested an intense pulsed light photo facial, which is used to treat various skin conditions and remove unsightly marks.

But the treatment reportedly left some marks of its own.

Paley suffered second-degree burns to her forehead and cheeks, which she claimed left permanent scars.

The beauty shop's staff allegedly told her to put ice on the burns, but it had an adverse effect and made her injuries worse.

As a result of her injuries, Paley filed a lawsuit in Glendale Superior Court against the beauty shop and is seeking more than $25,000 in compensation.

She claims that the beauty shop's staff was negligent and failed to inform her of its risks.


Dude, where are my cars?

Elver Chacon v. New Avalon Auto Body, Elma Nazareno and Frank Sepehr, Case No. EC 050109

Elver Chacon's four cars disappeared into thin air — at least that's what he claims New Avalon Auto Body shop employees told him.

He paid $60,000 for four cars in June 2006 from the auto body shop.

But upon arriving to pick up the cars, Chacon discovered they weren't there.

He reportedly asked shop employees Elma Nazareno and Frank Sepehr where the cars were, but to no avail.

Chacon claims he got an explanation for the missing cars, and was unable to get his money back, according to the lawsuit filed in Burbank Superior Court.

The lawsuit, he claimed, is more about the missing cars than the lost money.


Undiagnosed illness

Jonni Blair v. Darryl Harris, Lakeside Medical Group and St. Joseph's Medical Center, Case No. EC 050237

Jonni Blair did what any good patient does when she feels ill — she went to the doctor.

Blair often visited her physician, Darryl Harris, at the Glendale-based Lakeside Medical Group, going in for regular checkups since September.

Blair believed she was in good health until May 6, when she discovered she had cancer.

Blair claims Harris and the medical group failed to catch the cancer early enough, and so was negligent in their treatment, according to a lawsuit filed in Glendale Superior Court.

Blair claims the late diagnosis “led to diminished life expectancy.”

She is suing Harris and the medical group and center for more than $25,000 in damages.


Satisfaction not guaranteed

James Powers v. Jack Haffon, Case No. EC 050209

When James Powers came across a mint condition 1973 Dodge Challenger for sale online, he jumped at the opportunity to buy the classic car.

The car's owner, Jack Haffon, advertised the car as “very clean, fast and reliable.”

Powers trusted the ad, so he bought the car for $22,500 and in February had it sent from New York to California.

Haffon and Powers signed an agreement, swapping ownership of the car.

But the Dodge wasn't all it was cracked up to be.

Powers was shocked to find that the Dodge was leaking gas and one of the doors was dented.

Powers claims that Haffon breached their contract by falsely advertising the car as being in mint condition.

He filed a suit in Burbank Superior Court against Haffon and is seeking $25,090 for the Dodge, repairs and shipment costs.


— Veronica Rocha

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