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Vu v. Prudential Property & Casualty Ins.
(2001) 26 Cal.4th 1142
This important insurance " bad faith" case arose from the Northridge
earthquake. The decision from the California Supreme Court is
"published" in the Official Reporter.
Hellinger v. Farmers Insurance Grp. Inc.
(2001) 91 Cal.App.4th 1049
This is one of the most important decisions regarding
insurance law which arose from the Northridge earthquake. The
California Legislature extended the statute of limitations
for an additional year for all of those homeowners who were
unjustly taken advantage of by insurance companies. The
insurance industry attempted to challenge the
constitutionality of the California Legislature and did so in
this case. Our office is proud to have upheld the rights of
more than 2,000 Northridge earthquake victims by winning.
After the decision by the court of appeal in this case, the
insurance company settled this matter for the largest sum of
money in its class.
Kotlar v. Hartford Ins. Co.
(2000) 83 Cal.App.4th 1116
This case was the first of its kind in the
history of California.
This case extended the
rights of named additional insured's in a
policy. After the decision by the Court of Appeal in this case,
the insurance company settled this matter for a vary significant
sum of money.
Estate of Brenner
(1999) 76 Cal.App.4th 1298
This probate case was the first of its kind not only in the
history of California but according to the Court of Appeal and possibly
the entire United States.
This decision changed the way holographic
wills are interpreted by permitting xerox copies instead of
original documents to be accepted by a trial court.
Zavala by and through Ruiz v. U.S. of America
(1989; 9th Cir) 876 F.2d 780
This federal case helped clarify the law
rights of an abandoned minor.
Maxine Lowder v. City of Pasadena
At the time this case was tried in the Los Angeles County
Superior Court in the late 1990s. The jury verdict was the
largest of its kind for mild to traumatic brain injury. Ms. Lowder's case, was rejected by three other lawyers in Los
Angeles before being accepted by our office. Despite the
fact that six witnesses testified against her version of the
way the slip and fall accident happened, we convinced the
jury of the truth and demonstrated how PET Scan technology
can be used in trial to demonstrate a mild to moderate brain
James Clark v. Alpha Orthopedics
This products liability case resulted in a one million
dollar product defect verdict for the plaintiff. Mr. Clark
was seriously injured when the artificial limb made by Alpha
Orthopedics failed and was shown to be defectively
James Dunne v. The City of Los Angeles
James Dunne, a Vietnam veteran, was found face
down and unconscious by the City of Los Angeles paramedics
and transferred to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in
Burbank. The paramedics allegedly told the hospital
personnel that he was drunk but the truth was that he had
suffered a significant spinal cord injury which eventually
left him paralyzed. Despite the fact that there was no proof
of how the accident occurred or which of the different
defendants failed to appreciate the significance of the spinal
cord injury this case ultimately settled for a significant
sum far and excess of a million dollars.
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