Case Study Results

Highlights

ABC Corp vv. XYZ Corp.  Defendants, a publicly traded company, terminated a licensing agreement with our client and nearly forced our client into bankruptcy, which is why they could not afford to pay an attorney on an hourly basis.  We were the third attorneys on the case.  Defendants offered $900,000 on the first day of arbitration and asserted that if we did not accept it, they were going to prove that our clients were crooks.  We rejected the offer and obtained an arbitration award for $4.9 million.

ABC Corp v. XYZ Corp.  Defendants raided our clients’ employees, stole their trade secrets, and then interfered with our clients actual and prospective customers.  We sued Defendant for tortious interference with prospective economic relations, interference with contractual relations, and unfair business practices.  The case settled for $4.3 million.

Jane Doe v. ABC Corp.  Contractor failed to build property pursuant to architect’s plans, and insurer denied claims in bad faith.  We recovered $2.6 million for our deserving client.

John Doe v. Product Manufacturer.  Our client was injured while riding a device manufactured by Defendant.  The case settled after a three-week jury trial with a $2.3 million verdict.

John Doe v. Chemical Distributor and Manufacturer.  Our client developed a for of Leukemia after exposure to benzene, which was a contaminant in the product.  The case settled after extensive expert work up for $2.2 million.

Jane Doe v. ABC Corp.  Insurance company denied coverage for a mold claim after it failed to take appropriate action to remediate the property.  The case settled for $1.35 million.

Jane Doe v. ABC Corp. Our clients suffered personal injuries as a result of mold exposure.  The exposure killed their puppy.  We were the fifth lawyer on the case.  Plaintiff’s prior lawyer recommended that they accept a $90,000 settlement offer.  We thought Defendant had done way too much harm to our clients and needed to fully compensate them.  The case settled for $1.25 million on the courthouse steps.

Jane Doe v. Medical practice.  Defendant sexually harassed our clients.  Combined settlement of $1.1 million.

Jane Doe v. Fraudulent Transferors. Our client was able to prove after a full trial that defendants placed about $1.1 million in fraudulent liens to avoid collection on an earlier $800,000 plus judgement in favor of our client.  The judge issued a tentative decision in the fraudulent transfer action indication that he intended to extend the original $800,000 plus judgement against all persons involved in the fraudulent transfers, as well as significant emotional distress and punitive damages, increasing the potential judgement. The case settled before the judgement was entered.

John Doe v. Commercial Driver. Client was able to recover $1.1 million (policy limits) for spinal injuries resulting from a low-speed vehicle collision caused by an inattentive commercial driver, and then made worse by another low-speed collision involving another inattentive driver. Plaintiff had spinal surgeries prior to the collision and the collisions aggravated those prior spinal problems and led to two more spinal surgeries.

Hernandez v. Dan’s Irish Bar. Our client was a patron at Dan’s Irish Bar.  The bouncer knocked him to the ground and caused a traumatic brain injury.  This very challenging case settled for $1 million insurance policy limits.

ABC Corp v. XYZ Corp. Insurance company tortuously interfered with our clients’ prospective economic advantage.  The case settled for $800,000 and an agreement to change practices.

John Doe v. Jane Doe. Our clients brought a wrongful death claim after their father was killed in a motorcycle versus car accident in a very challenging damages case. $800,000.

Grocery Store Employees v. Grocery Store.  A grocery store failed to hire our clients.  The case settled for $660,000.

John Doe v. ABC Corp. Motorcycle accident. Total settlement value $625,000.

ABC Corp v. XYZ Corp.  Defendants terminated a contract to provide improvements to a number of office buildings.  Our clients could not afford an hourly attorney, so we represented them on a contingency fee.  Case settled for $625,000.

Pharmacists v. Pharmacy Company.  Our clients were pharmacists who were misclassified as salaried employees and not paid their overtime and were not provided their meal or rest breaks.  The case settled for more than $600,000.

John Doe v. Vessel Operator.  Our clients brought a wrongful death claim after their husband/father was killed in a collision between two vessels in a nearly impossible liability case.  $565,000.

John Doe v. Professional Firm.  Defendant terminated our client because of his age.  The case settled for more than $550,000.

Body Shop v. Spray Booth Manufacturer.  Our client, an auto body shop, obtained a judgement against a spray booth manufacturer who failed to deliver and install a paint spray booth as promised causing significant business damages due to reduced ability to pain repaired cars.  Judgement for over $500,000.

Jane Doe v. Fast Food Restaurant.  Defendant’s Store Manager sexually harassed our client and exposed himself to her.  $480,000.

John Doe v. Financial Services Company.  Former President was terminated after he complained that a non-compete agreement was illegal.  $480,000.

John Doe v. Landscape Company.  Employer did not provide workers compensation insurance for injuries and failed to pay our client overtime, meal, and rest breaks.  $425,000.

John Doe v. Towing Company.  Our client was injured while mooring a vessel.  We obtained $425,000 for our client.

John Doe v. Trucking Company.  Two clients were dispatchers for a trucking company that were required to work from home on weekends and the company did not pay them for their weekend time, overtime, or provided meal or rest breaks.  They were terminated after they complained.  $420,000.

John Doe v. His Father & Brother.  Our clients were sued by their family member who tried to evict them from the family home in San Francisco which was in the family member’s name.  We stopped the eviction and counter-sued to quiet title and to add out clients to title.  Our clients obtained full ownership of the family home after purchasing the family member’s ownership for a fraction of the real property’s price.

Wrongful Termination

John Doe v. Financial Institution.  Our client was an Area Manager for a large financial institution.  He was terminated after he complained about another Manager sexually harassing one of his employees, and after he participated in an investigation of the complaints.  The case settled through mediation for $1.35 million.

John Doe v. Professional Firm.  Defendant terminated our client because of his age.  The case settled for more than $550,000.

John Doe v. Financial Services Company.  Former President was terminated after he complained that a non-compete agreement was illegal.  $480,000.

John Doe v. Landscape Company.  Employer did not provide workers compensation insurance for injuries and failed to pay our client overtime, meal, and rest breaks.  They were terminated after they complained.  $425,000.

John Doe v. Towing Company.  Our client injured himself while docking a vessel.  $425,000.

John Doe v. Trucking Company.  Two clients were dispatchers for a trucking company that were required to work from home on weekends and the company did not pay them for their weekend time, overtime, or provided meal, or rest breaks.  They were terminated after they complained $420,000.

John Doe v. Non-profit Corp.  Our client, the former CFO complained about unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace.  Defendant terminated him after he complained without conducting an investigation.  $380,000.

John Does v. Car Business.  Our clients filed wrongful termination and discrimination claims based on their national origin against a car business.  $175,000.

John Doe v. Medical Practice.  Defendant terminated our client after learning that our client had a disability.  $155,000.

Wage and Hour

Pharmacists v. Pharmacy Company.  Our clients were pharmacists who were misclassified as salaried employees and not paid their overtime and were not provided their meal or rest breaks.  The case settled for more than $600,000.

John Does v. Landscape Company.  Employer did not provide workers compensation insurance for injuries and railed to pay our client overtime, meal, and rest breaks.  $425,000.

John Does v. Trucking Company.  Two clients were dispatchers for a trucking company that were required to work from home on weekends and the company did not pay them for their weekend time, overtime, or provided meal or rest breaks.  They were terminated after they complained.  $420,000.

Inspector v. Inspection Company.  Our client was misclassified as a salaried employee and worked long hours as a travelling inspector.  $190,000.

Union Workers v. Union.  Our clients were misclassified as salaried employees and worked long hours for a union.  $187,000.

Jane Doe v. Household Employer.  Client performed household services for a number of years for a very wealthy family but did not get paid minimum wage or overtime and did not get her breaks.  $185,000.

Employee v. Delicatessen.  Our attorneys represented an employee who injured her hand while working for a delicatessen.  The employer refused to provide her workers’ compensation insurance and then terminated her after she had healed and was ready to return to work.  $175,000.

John Doe v. ABC Corp.  Our client was a pharmacist that was not paid overtime or provided meal or rest breaks.  $150,000.

John Doe v. Restaurant.  Our client worked very long hours at a restaurant for a fixed salary, did not receive breaks, and was threatened when he complained about not being paid all wages due to him.  $115,000.

Jane Doe v. Hospitality Business.  Our client worked significant overtime without being paid for it and was not able to take meal or lunch breaks.  $115,000.

John Does v. Landscaping Company.  Our clients were not paid for travel time to and from customer job sites, did not receive rest breaks and rarely received full lunch breaks, and did not get paid for all of the hours they worked.  $110,000.

John Does v. Tech Company.  Two software sales people were not paid their commissions.  The case went to arbitration.  Over $100,000.

John Does v. Restaurant.  Our clients received housing from an employer that was overcrowded an unsanitary.  $90,000.

Jane Doe v. Hotel Chain.  Our client was an inside sales person that was not paid wages and was terminated after she complained.  $85,000.

John Does v. Fortune 500 company.  Our clients were several software engineers who were not paid several months salary by a defunct subcontractor of a Fortune 500 company.  $95,000.

Maintenance Workers v. Apartment Company.  Our clients performed maintenance for an apartment complex.  Their overtime hours were unreported and they did not always get a chance to get meal or rest breaks.  $60,000.

Jane Doe v. Famous Rich Guy.  Our client was employed as household help by a very rich and famous employer who did not pay her overtime.  $50,000.

John Doe v. Restaurant.  Our client was a cook that was not paid overtime or provided meal or rest breaks.  $50,000.

John Doe v. Restaurant.  Our client was a cook/handyman at a restaurant.  He was not paid overtime or provided meal or rest breaks.  $50,000.

John Doe v. Restaurant.  Our client was a cook that was not paid overtime or provided a meal or rest breaks.  $40,000.

John Doe v. Manufacturer.  Our client was misclassified as a salaried employee and required to work occasional overtime and not always able to take his meal or rest breaks.  $35,000.

Whistleblower/Retaliation

John Doe v. Financial Institution.  Our client was an Area Manager for a large financial institution.  He was terminated after he complained about another Manager sexually harassingone of his employees, and after he participated in an investigation of the complaints.  The case settled through mediation for $1.35 million.

John Doe v. Landscape Company.  Employer did not provide workers compensations insurance for injuries and failed to pay our clients overtime, meal, and rest breaks.  They were terminated after they complained.  $425,000.

John Doe v. Trucking Company.  Two clients were dispatchers for a trucking company that were required to work from home on weekends and the company did not pay them for their weekend time, overtime, or provided meal or rest breaks.  They were terminated after they complained.  $420,000.

John Doe v. Non-Profit Corp.  Our client, the former CFO complained about unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace.  Defendant terminated him after he complained without conducting an investigation.  $380,000.

Jane Doe v. Non-Profit Corp.  Our clients complained about race discrimination.  Defendant terminated them after they complained.  $170,000.

Jane Doe v. Non-Profit Corp.  Our client complained about wage and hour violations for her employees.  Defendant terminated her after he complained.  $125,000.

Sexual Harassment/Gender Discrimination

Jane Doe v. Medical Practice.  Defendant sexually harassed our clients.  Combined settlement of $1.1 million.

Jane Doe v. Fast Food Restaurant.  Defendant’s Store Manager sexually harassed our client and exposed himself to her.  $480,000.

Jane Does v. Medical Facility.  Defendant’s manager pressured females for sex and sexually harassed them.  Settlement for policy limits of $300,000.

Unlawful Insurance Practices/Bad Faith

Jane Doe v. ABC Corp.  Contractor failed to build property pursuant to architect’s plans, and insurer denied claims in bad faith.  $2.6 million.

Jane Doe v. ABC Corp.  Insurance company denied coverage for a mold claim after it failed to take appropriate action to remediate the property.  $1.35 million.

ABC Corp. v. XYZ Corp.  Insurance company tortuously interfered with our client’s prospective economic advantage.  $800,000 and agreement to change practices.

Disabled Person v. Insurance Company. Our self-employed client became disabled from Lyme disease and had trouble collecting her disability benefits because her income was not well documented.  Lump sum payment of $200,000.

Motorcycle Accidents

John Doe v. Jane Doe.  Our clients brought a wrongful death claim after their parent was killed in a motorcycle versus car accident in a very challenging damages case.  $800,000.

John Doe v. ABC Corp.  Motorcycle accident.  Total settlement value $625,000.

Personal Injury

John Doe v. Product Manufacturer.  Our client was injured while riding a device manufactured by Defendant.  The case settled after a three-week jury trial with a $2.3 million verdict.

Jane Doe v. ABC Corp.  Our clients suffered personal injuries as a result of mold exposure.  The exposure killed their puppy.  $1.25 million.

John Doe v. Commercial Driver.  Client was able to recover $1.1 million (policy limits) for spinal injuries resulting from a low-speed vehicle collision caused by an inattentive commercial driver, and then made worse by another low-speed collision involving another inattentive driver.  Plaintiff had spinal surgeries prior to the collision and the collisions aggravated those prior spinal problems and led to two more spinal surgeries.

John Doe v. Jane Doe.  Our clients brought a wrongful death claim after their father was killed in a motorcycle versus car accident in a very challenging damages case.  $800,000.

John Doe v. ABC Corp.  Motorcycle accident.  Total settlement value $625,000.

John Doe v. Vessel Operator.  Our clients brought a wrongful death claim after he was killed in a collision between two vessels in a nearly impossible liability case.  $565,000.

John Doe v. Towing Company.  Our client injured himself while docking a vessel.  $425,000.

Pedestrian v. Hit and Run.  Our client, a pedestrian, was struck in a hit and run accident and suffered severe injuries to his foot.  Policy limit of $250,000 from his own insurer.

John Doe v. Vessel Operator.  Our client was a passenger in a vessel that was involved in a collision.  $185,000.

John Doe v. Restaurant and Assailant.  Our client suffered a broken ankle, cracked ribs, and some head injuries when he was beaten up by two assailants at a fast food restaurant.  None of the employees called the police.  $175,000.

Jane Doe v. Slumlord.  Our client lived in a converted garage, with sewage smelling bathrooms, no heat, improper wiring, and other serious health and safety violations.  $150,000.

Jane Doe v. Property Owner.  Our client hurt her kneed when she fell down a dark stairway.  $115,000.

Jane Doe v. City.  Our client fell and broke her wrist due to uneven sidewalk.  $105,000.

John Doe v. John Doe.  Motor vehicle accident.  $100,000 (policy limits).

Elderly Person v. Elderly Care Day Services.  Our client was injured when waiting to board a private bus outside a facility operated by an elderly care day care service company. $75,000.

Jane Doe v. Property Owner.  Trip and fall.  $65,000.

Jane Doe v. John Doe.  Motor vehicle accident.  $50,000 (policy limits).

Jane Doe v. Jane Roe.  We took the unusual step of defending a civil assault and battery case for an existing client.  Our client got into a fight with another woman at McDonalds and this woman claimed that our client seriously injured her.  The only three neutral witnesses blamed our client for starting the fight.  The prospects of winning seem very bleak.  However, during trial we showed that the three witnesses did not see the entire fight and provided inconsistent recollections of what happened, that the woman who suffered the injuries provoked the fight by tormenting our client prior to the fight by repeatedly taking unwanted pictures, and that the relations between the two women were very strained because our client had filed a fraudulent lawsuit accusing the other woman of hiding more than $1 million in assets for her boyfriend so that the boyfriend could avoid paying on a judgement to our client.  The judge found that the fight was a mutual combat and did not award any damages against our client.

Business Cases

ABC Corp v. XYZ Corp.  Defendants, a publicly traded company, terminated a licensing agreement with our client and nearly forced our client into bankruptcy, which is why they could not afford to pay an attorney on an hourly basis.  We were the third attorneys on the case.  Defendants offered $900,000 on the first day of arbitration and asserted that if we did not accept it, they were going to prove that our clients were crooks.  We rejected the offer and obtained an arbitration award for $4.9 million.

ABC v. XYZ Corp.  Defendants raided our clients’ employees, stole their trade secrets, and then interfered with our clients actual and prospective customers.  We sued Defendant for tortious interferences with prospective economic relations, interference with contractual relations, an unfair business practices.  The case settled for $4.3 million.

Jane Doe v. Fraudulent Transferors.  Our client was able to prove after a full trial that defendants placed about $1.1 in fraudulent liens to avoid collections on an earlier $800,000 plus judgement in favor of our clients.  The judge issued a tentative decision in the fraudulent transfer action indication that he intended to extend the original $800,000 plus judgement against all persons involved in the fraudulent transfers, as well as significant emotional distress and punitive damages, increasing the potential judgement.  The case settled before judgement was entered.

ABC Corp v. XYZ Corp.  Defendants terminated a contract to provide lighting.  Our clients could not afford an hourly attorney, so we represented them on a contingency fee.  Case settled for $625,000.

SUCCESS STORIES

$4.9 MILLION

BUSINESS LITIGATION

$2.3 MILLION

PERSONAL INJURY

$1.35 MILLION

WRONGFUL TERMINATION

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