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Trials Digest
Trials Digest


Wrongful Death

Settlement: $2,500,000

Plaintiffs claimed that police officers caused a woman's death through verbal and physical abuse while handcuffed and failure to provide medical treatment (P.W. v. City of Los Angeles, Central District Federal Court, plaintiff attorneys:  Steven B. Effres, Benjamin L. Crump).

Ankle/Feet Burns

Settlement: $2,000,000

Table collapsed and hot wax splashed on woman's ankles and feet at L.A. Auto Show (Meyer v. Confidential, Los Angeles County Superior Court, plaintiff attorneys:  Stanley K. Jacobs, Karen M. Mezger).

Fiery Collision

Verdict: $8,355,451

Los Angeles Metro employee struck a stalled vehicle on freeway killing the driver after massive impact and fire (Lin v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles County Superior Court, plaintiff attorneys:  Nicholas C. Rowley, Courtney Rowley, Carney R. Shegerian).

Sexual Harassment

Verdict: Defense

Car dealership owner allegedly sexually harassed personal assistant; defendant claimed consensual affair (Gonzalez v. L.B.S. Inc., Orange County Superior Court, defense attorneys:  Christopher P. Wesierski, Christian C. H. Counts).

Sexual Harassment

Verdict: $1,742,691

Dental assistant claimed defendant dentist sexually harassed her and repeatedly touched her and that management failed to stop it (Olivares v. Dason, San Bernardino County Superior Court, plaintiff attorneys:  Patrick McNicholas, Eric A. Panitz).

DUI Truck Accident

Verdict: $2,119,875

Truck driver under influence of drugs rear-ended a vehicle at red light causing mild brain injury and facet injury (McCall v. Coast Line Distributing Inc., San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, plaintiff attorneys:  Tanya Ortega,  Ranger J. Wiens).


Settlement: $425,000

A 48-year-old woman was blinded in right eye from injection of cosmetic filler (Confidential v. Confidential, Orange County Superior Court, plaintiff attorney:  Daniel M. Hodes).

Kidney Removal

Verdict: Defense

Defendants allegedly wrongfully removed woman's kidney based on renal abscess thought to be cancerous mass (Pletcher v. Pasin, Orange County Superior Court, defense attorneys:  John C. Kelly, Jamie A. Mason, Terrence J. Schafer).

Spinal problems

Verdict: Defense

A 19-year-old patient allegedly suffered cauda equina  syndrome symptoms after spine surgery (Isbell v. University of California San Diego Health System, San Diego County Superior Court, defense attorneys:  Daniel Scott Belsky, Richard D. Carroll).


Two-Story Fall

Verdict: $3,000,000

Plaintiff carpenter reportedly suffered multiple shoulder fractures and other injuries when a temporary staircase collapsed (White v. Drywall, Inc., Hernandez, Beiler Construction, LLC, Pennsylvania – Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, plaintiff attorneys:  Joseph L. Messa, Jenimae Almquist).

Discrimination Claim

Verdict: Defense

Plaintiff asserted she was subjected to disparate treatment when she was falsely accused of scientific research misconduct and terminated (Perez-Melgosa, Ph.D. v. State of Washington, Washington – King County Superior Court, defense attorneys:  Skylar A. Sherwood, Blake Marks-Dias, James H. Wendell).