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Our Verdicts

Torti v. Van Horn
Jody Steinberg
Obtained  a grant of Summary Judgment. The Defendant was providing emergency care  by assisting her friend and co-worker, the Plaintiff, out of a vehicle  which, despite Defendant’s efforts, she could not exit on her own and  which Defendant thought was in danger of exploding or catching fire  after a very serious automobile accident. Plaintiff sued claiming her  paraplegia was caused by Defendant’s attempts to move her after a  head-on impact with a pole. The trial court dismissed the action after  counsel successfully argued the applicability of California’s Good  Samaritan statute. In a landmark split decision the California Supreme  Court overturned the trial Court’s ruling holding the statute only  applicable to medical care.  As a direct result, California Assembly  Bill 83 (Feuer/Beniot) was enacted which encourages individuals to act  as “Good Samaritans” and voluntarily help rescue others in peril.

Goldstein v. Beck
Marc. S. Shapiro, Defense Verdict
Received a $7 million plus verdict on behalf of client in a hotly contested property line dispute that had been litigated over 5 years. Also received a defense verdict on behalf of client on the cross-complaint filed against them in the same action. Verdict upheld on appeal.

Chakalis v. Fountain Springs HOA
Paul V. Ash, Jury Verdict
Defended Homeowners Association in admitted liability catastrophic elevator failure where plaintiff claimed toxic poisoning from exposure to industrial fluids during crash that allegedly resulted in liver failure and emergency liver transplant. Plaintiff claimed $2 million dollars in past and future medical specials, requirements for lifelong care and permanent disability. Plaintiff received a net verdict from the jury of approximately $150,000 with no demand below $6,000,000.

Souch v. Zemel
Jody Steinberg, defense verdict
After close of evidence in this personal injury/habitability action, a non-suit was entered on 9 of plaintiff’s claims.  The jury returned 12-0 defense verdict on the remaining causes of action in under 15 minutes of deliberations.

Hirshfield v. Schwartz
Marc. S. Shapiro, Defense Verdict
Established a new theory of law, the equitable easement, with regard to property line disputes. In this case, counsel was able to convince the judge to allow Defendants to keep and maintain their interest in land despite no true legal ownership rights. Also received a defense verdict on plaintiff’s claim for $300,000 of damage to trees caused by the actions of the Defendants. This decision was affirmed by the California Court of Appeal and established a new precedent in this area of law.

Hartman v. Marks
Paul V. Ash, Defense Verdict
Successfully defensed multi-million dollar tenant claims for brain and other personal injuries in mold related landlord-tenant dispute. Clients were also awarded attorneys fees and costs of $500,000.

Cole v. Wolfe
Jody Steinberg, Defense Verdict
Defensed Plaintiff’s $2 million claim involving alleged dog attack resulting in dementia.

Boss v. Yamaguchi
Marc Shapiro, Defense Verdict
Received a defense verdict on behalf of a landlord and property management company on a claim of premise liability and negligence after plaintiffs fell through a second story window and suffered significant injuries, including a fractured neck and fractured pelvis and medical bills in excess of $100,000.

Wall St. Plaza v. JSJF Corp. dba Weiler’s Deli
Paul V. Ash, Defense Verdict on Cross-Complaint
Defeated tenant’s multi-million dollar cross-complaint for constructive eviction after they had been evicted for failing to pay back rent. Secured $250,000 judgment in favor of client as well as attorneys fees of $300,000.

Pruitt v. Investors Management
Marc S. Shapiro, Defense Verdict
Recieved a defense verdict from a Burbank jury on behalf of property owner, management company, and employee based upon Plaintiff’s allegations of sexual assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Fournier v. Wallace
Jody Steinberg, Defense Verdict
Defeated wrongful death claim resulting from a motor vehicle accident in which one of the two occupants was killed and investigators were unable to determine who was driving.

Rice v. Stanway
Marc. S. Shapiro, Defense Verdict
Received a defense verdict from a Los Angeles jury on a claim of fraud, fraudulent eviction and intentional infliction of emotional distress by the plaintiff.  Plaintiff was seeking $350,000 in damages.

McBeath v. Bustos
Paul V. Ash, Jury Verdict
Defended drunk driver with passenger who sustained broken neck in automobile collision. Jury awarded exact amount of medical bills, no general damages and found the plaintiff 51% at fault for his own injury.

Van Breens v. Ritz
Marc. S. Shapiro, Defense Verdict
Received a defense verdict on a claim wherein plaintiff was seeking  both personal injury and injunctive relief to repair a slope after a significant failure.   Plaintiff had $142,000 in medical specials.

Gellis v. Derubeis
Paul V. Ash, Defense Verdict
Secured defense verdict for clients in assault and battery case.

Stewart v. Marina City Club
Jody Steinberg, Jury Verdict
Successfully represented property owners in a slip and fall matter resulting in bimalleolar ankle fracture and surgery.

Benshoof v. Dedlow
Marc. S. Shapiro, Defense Verdict
Successful in defensing quiet title action and having the court award the land to the Defendant under the “equitable easement” doctrine.

Matsamura v. Palmer
Paul V. Ash, Jury Verdict
Defended admitted liability auto accident with extensive claimed injuries and damages exceeding $250,000, limiting jury verdict to $8,000 plus an award of costs to client.

Bugay v. Anderson
Marc. S. Shapiro, Defense Verdict
Received a defense verdict from Santa Barbara jury on a $340,000 property damage claim stemming from water and sewage flowing downhill from Defendant’s property onto Plaintiff’s property and allegedly causing surficial and structural damage.

Bell v. Wilson
Paul V. Ash, Defense Verdict
Defense verdict in assault and battery case between former boyfriend and girlfriend alleging domestic violence. Jury out for less than 30 minutes.

Leinert v. Lange
Robert T. Hanger, Defense Verdict
Defended client in auto v. pedestrian action and limited Plaintiff, claiming severe injuries, to a Plaintiff’s verdict for $0.

Visconti v. Godsil
Marc. S. Shapiro, Defense Verdict
Received a defense verdict from a Torrance jury in an admitted liability case wherein our client cut the plaintiff’s trees without permission.  Plaintiff sought over $100,000 in property damage and over $150,000 in diminution in the value of her property.

Rolland v. Torres
Paul V. Ash, Jury Verdict
Represented defendant in an admitted liability case where plaintiff claimed an open insurance policy and never demanded less than $100,000. Jury awarded plaintiff $2500.

Central Arms v. Kazangian

Marc Shapiro, Court Trial

In a trial in front of a Glendale Superior Court judge, counsel was successful in minimizing plaintiff’s claim for damages to a subterranean garage due to extension events of water intrusion, resulting in a verdict well below the jurisdictional limits of the Superior Court.

Clark v. Krieger
Paul V. Ash, Motion for Summary Judgment
Secured early defense judgment in assault and battery case based on criminal acts of a third party.

Weber v. Schauberger
Robert T. Hanger, Defense Verdict
Defense verdict in auto v. pedestrian action with claims of serious injury

Danelen v. Schwartz
Marc. S. Shapiro, Defense Verdict on Cross-Complaint
Received a defense verdict in an assault and battery claim stemming from a physical altercation wherein each side claimed self defense.

Spelling v. Sessions
Paul V. Ash, Anti-SLAPP Motion
Secured defense judgment at pleadings level in high profile libel and slander matter.

Sparks v. Diamond Anesthesia
Marc. S. Shapiro, Defense Verdict
In an admitted liability case wherein client struck Plaintiff in a cross walk, and Plaintiff demanded over $1 million, the jury awarded only $110,000.

Fraley v. Bratton
Paul V. Ash, Jury Verdict
Defended neighbors in harassment and property line dispute. Jury awarded nominal damages to plaintiff.

Ruiz v. Saint
Marc. S. Shapiro, Jury Verdict
In an admitted liability case, received a jury verdict in the amount of $100 against client.

Leivo v. Avila
Paul V. Ash, Jury Verdict
Defended convicted drunk driver in auto accident resulting in death of passenger, severe injury to two minor occupants and catastrophic brain injury to driver. Defeated punitive damages.

 

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Torti v. Van Horn
Jody Steinberg
Obtained  a grant of Summary Judgment. The Defendant was providing emergency care  by assisting her friend and co-worker, the Plaintiff, out of a vehicle  which, despite Defendant’s efforts, she could not exit on her own and  which Defendant thought was in danger of exploding or catching fire  after a very serious automobile accident. Plaintiff sued claiming her  paraplegia was caused by Defendant’s attempts to move her after a  head-on impact with a pole. The trial court dismissed the action after  counsel successfully argued the applicability of California’s Good  Samaritan statute. In a landmark split decision the California Supreme  Court overturned the trial Court’s ruling holding the statute only  applicable to medical care.  As a direct result, California Assembly  Bill 83 (Feuer/Beniot) was enacted which encourages individuals to act  as “Good Samaritans” and voluntarily help rescue others in peril.

Hirshfield v. Schwartz
Marc. S. Shapiro
The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court decision  holding that a quiet title action by a recorded owner of property can be  defeated under the doctrine of equitable estoppel. This doctrine  provides another theory for a property owner to establish continued use  on disputed land. Adopted a variation of an exclusive prescriptive  easement which had previously been rejected by the appellate courts.

Sentner v. Dushane
Paul V Ash, Demurrer and Appeal
Secured defense judgment at the pleading level in a  wrongful death scuba diving case utilizing the assumption of the risk  defense. Judgment upheld by the appelate court.

Aragon v. Appling
Marc S. Shapiro
Received a defense verdict in a prescriptive easement and quiet title action in favor of our client from a Pasadena Superior Court judge. This verdict was upheld on an appeal to the California Court of Appeals.

Capri v. L.A. Fitness International
Jody Steinberg
The Court of Appeals reversed the trial courts granting  of Summary Judgment on a negligence per se claim alleging violation of  Health and Safety Code provisions.

Torti v. Van Horn
Jody Steinberg
Obtained  a grant of Summary Judgment. The Defendant was providing emergency care  by assisting her friend and co-worker, the Plaintiff, out of a vehicle  which, despite Defendant’s efforts, she could not exit on her own and  which Defendant thought was in danger of exploding or catching fire  after a very serious automobile accident. Plaintiff sued claiming her  paraplegia was caused by Defendant’s attempts to move her after a  head-on impact with a pole. The trial court dismissed the action after  counsel successfully argued the applicability of California’s Good  Samaritan statute. In a landmark split decision the California Supreme  Court overturned the trial Court’s ruling holding the statute only  applicable to medical care.  As a direct result, California Assembly  Bill 83 (Feuer/Beniot) was enacted which encourages individuals to act  as “Good Samaritans” and voluntarily help rescue others in peril.

Hirshfield v. Schwartz
Marc. S. Shapiro
The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court decision  holding that a quiet title action by a recorded owner of property can be  defeated under the doctrine of equitable estoppel. This doctrine  provides another theory for a property owner to establish continued use  on disputed land. Adopted a variation of an exclusive prescriptive  easement which had previously been rejected by the appellate courts.

Sentner v. Dushane
Paul V Ash, Demurrer and Appeal
Secured defense judgment at the pleading level in a  wrongful death scuba diving case utilizing the assumption of the risk  defense. Judgment upheld by the appelate court.

Aragon v. Appling
Marc S. Shapiro
Received a defense verdict in a prescriptive easement and quiet title action in favor of our client from a Pasadena Superior Court judge. This verdict was upheld on an appeal to the California Court of Appeals.

Capri v. L.A. Fitness International
Jody Steinberg
The Court of Appeals reversed the trial courts granting  of Summary Judgment on a negligence per se claim alleging violation of  Health and Safety Code provisions.

Smith v. Walmart & City of Palmdale
Robert T. Hanger, Paul V. Ash
Procured dismissal with prejudice of $350,000 personal injury claim resulting from a slip and fall on a city street, adjacent to Wal-Mart in Palmdale.

Coyne v. City of Palmdale
Robert T. Hanger, Paul V. Ash
Limited city’s liability to $1000 in suit resulting from  motor vehicle accident that Plaintiffs allege was caused by an obstructed stop sign.

Martinez v. City of Palmdale
Robert T. Hanger, Paul V. Ash
Procured dismissal with prejudice of personal injury  claim resulting from a slip and fall on a city sidewalk in which  Plaintiff was alleged to have suffered a broken leg after slipping on  moss that had been allowed to accumulate on the street.

Davis v. City of Rancho Cucamonga
Procured dismissal for waiver of costs in wrongful death case involving allegations of defective traffic light sequencing.

Tholberg v. Los Angeles County MTA and Michaelson v. Los Angeles County MTA
Represented LACMTA in litigation on the Orange line regarding allegations of damage to adjoining property owners during construction. Secured dismissal of one action for waiver of costs and nominal award in second as well as discouraging filing of proposed class action by aggressively and expeditiously disposing of these two test cases.

 

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