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FRAUD the adoptive parents of a now 39-year-old mentally disabled man accepted $700,000 on March 27 in settlement of their claim that they were given fraudulent information by Children’s Home Society of California regarding the health of the child’s birth mother during the adoption process in 1964. They alleged that they were not told that their adopted child’s birth mother was diagnosed with either multiple sclerosis or a brain stem tumor before she gave birth to her child. The parents claimed damages for emotional distress and care expenses incurred, and sought punitive damages. Byrnes v. Children’s Home Society of California, No. BC 207 751 (Los Angeles Co., Calif., Super. Ct.). PLAINTIFFS’ ATTORNEYS: Stanley K. Jacobs and Thomas F. Borcher, Jacobs, Jacobs & Rosenberg, Los Angeles DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Fred R. Puglisi and Sascha Von Mende, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, Los Angeles Source: California Jury Verdicts Weekly

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