They include some types of cases which were repeated often enough, or which involved such extensive and hard-fought litigation, that we are very comfortable handling similar cases today.
Examples of these reoccurring cases include class action litigation, professional malpractice litigation involving lawyers and engineers, and certain insurance coverage disputes.
A criminal defense lawyer won a defense jury verdict against a former client seeking $2 million for legal malpractice. The client had been convicted and imprisoned two years for rape, but the conviction was reversed on appeal due to purported “ineffective assistance” by the lawyer.
A lawyer and her non-profit agency were dismissed on demurrer from a lawsuit seeking over $1 million for her having allegedly organized an illegal farmworker strike. The dismissal was upheld on appeal.
A woman won a jury verdict for $238,000 against the lawyer who did not include her in the settlement of her husband’s medical malpractice lawsuit.
A woman injured in a car accident won a bench trial awarding $201,000 against the lawyer who mishandled her case.
Three sons who lost a house due to a mistake in their mother’s will won a jury verdict for $181,000 against the lawyer who drafted the will.
A civil engineering firm settled out of a major construction defect case after three weeks of trial by paying only $25,000, which was less than the remaining cost of defense. That same firm has been dismissed out of three other similar cases without any payment.
A Mexican law firm sued a maquiladora client and its Japanese parent company when the maquiladora was shut down without paying outstanding legal fees of $212,000. The maquiladora cross-claimed for legal malpractice, but that cross-claim was dropped and the law firm recovered its full legal fee in settlement immediately after serving the parent company in Japan with its lawsuit.
A ferry boat operator and his bank recovered $900,000 in settlement from an insurance company and insurance agents who denied coverage for an engine room explosion.
A bank recovered $725,000 and $500,000 in two different settlements from an insurance company that refused to defend the bank in environmental lawsuits over real estate managed by the bank.
A gas station owner won an insurance coverage dispute by forcing his insurers to defend him in a costly water pollution case. The insurers first denied coverage, but later paid all legal fees to defend the pollution case, the settlement of that case, and another $230,000 in damages to the owner.
A ship owner won a defense jury verdict against two crewmen claiming over $2 million because they were forced off the ship onto a remote island after refusing to do extra work that was not specified in their contract as videographers of the voyage.
A broker selling a vintage Porsche race car won a defense judgment in a bench trial against a wealthy buyer who claimed fraud and damages of $450,000 based on the car allegedly being a fake. The broker also won his defamation counter-claim for nominal damages against the buyer.
A real estate agent won a jury verdict for $289,000 against the buyers of a motel who fraudulently refused to pay the agent’s commission.
A small metal-cutting business damaged in a fire started by a defective band saw recovered $550,000 in settlement from the Japanese saw manufacturer.
A health club owner settled a patron’s personal injury lawsuit for only $5,000 after the patron broke his neck, and claimed over $200,000 in medical expenses, due to a defective exercise machine.
An apartment building owner settled a tenant’s personal injury case seeking over $100,000 by paying only $7,500, even though the tenant claimed permanent brain damage caused by a leaky gas stove.
A motorhome dealer won a bench trial against customers claiming that the dealer had fraudulently misrepresented the condition and history of a $60,000 coach they bought.
A truck owner won a defense jury verdict against three seriously injured pedestrians struck by the truck after the owner loaned it to an unlicensed and underage driver.
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