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Bowen v. Ryan, C051930

In a tort action against a dentist for his alleged mistreatment of a child patient, a special verdict awarding monetary damages for negligence, dental battery, and simple battery is reversed and remanded where: 1) evidence of a few unrelated incidents of alleged child mistreatment did not qualify as admissible evidence of habit or custom; 2) in light of the 9-3 jury verdict, the improper admission of such evidence of defendant's character could not be deemed harmless.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/05/2008
  • Published 06/05/2008


  • HULL, J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellees:
  • Jay-Allen Eisen Law Corporation, Jay-Allen Eisen and C. Athena Roussos, Sacramento;  Law Offices of Robert B. Zaro, Robert Zaro, Sacramento, and Stephen L. Ramazzini, for Defendant and Appellant., Law Office of Johnson & Johnson, Peter Johnson, Pittsburg, and Kelly Jenkins, for Plaintiffs and Respondents.
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