Although the names have been redacted due to agreements between the parties and out of respect for John and Jason’s clients, the below represents a small sampling of cases handled by John and Jason throughout their tenure together.
In this emotionally charged matter, Plaintiffs were the biological parents of a baby removed from their home due to neglect and placed with the defendant foster family agency. While in foster care, the baby died due to injuries allegedly inflicted by the defendant agency’s foster parents. Jason represented the defendant foster family agency and through diligent discovery efforts, was able to prove the defendant agency had no notice of any issues with the foster parents. As a result of effective advocacy under California law, Jason obtained a successful summary judgment motion in favor of his clients, causing the Court to dismiss the case against Jason’s clients in its entirety.
Plaintiff was a wealthy owner of a nationally-known clothing company in Los Angeles who fractured his ankle and ultimately required lower back surgery as the result of injuries sustained while playing arena soccer on a field owned by a homeowner’s association in Rancho Santa Margarita. From a demand of hundreds of thousands of dollars, John and Jason commenced trial in Orange County, and using the Plaintiff’s own evidence against him, successfully obtained a judgment of nonsuit as to the Plaintiff’s entire case at the conclusion of presenting evidence. As a result of the non-suit, John and Jason saved their insurance client thousands of dollars in legal fees and expert witness costs and obtained a settlement with Plaintiff where Plaintiff agreed to pay $15,000 to John and Jason’s insurance carrier client, including a waiver of his right to appeal.
Plaintiff was an accomplished singer who claimed injuries arising out of a 50th reunion event organized by the Confidential College of the Performing Arts. Among his injuries, plaintiff claimed he suffered a pinkie fracture and developed a significant infection that caused lymph node damage to his lower legs. From a demand of $475,000 before trial, Jason and John tried the case for three weeks in Riverside, with the jury awarding only $2,639 in damages to the Plaintiff and finding him 50% at fault for his injuries. With this verdict, John and Jason beat their pre-trial offer of $5,001, and successfully obtained a judgment of $117,887.49 in costs against the Plaintiff.
Plaintiff, a 12-year-old girl, alleged that her coach intentionally hit a line-drive baseball at her face during a practice. Among the extensive experts hired by Plaintiff was an expert who was also a television personality on National Geographic’s “Fight Science” show. Following a 3-week jury trial, and after asking the jury for $400,000, including punitive damages, John and Jason secured a defense verdict with deliberations lasting for only an hour and a half.
Plaintiff was a homeowner in Lake Tahoe who claimed that a fire burned his house to the ground and filed a claim for policy benefits with his homeowner’s insurer. In support of his claims for policy benefits, Plaintiff claimed that expensive hardwood floors and a sound system were destroyed in the fire. The defendant insurance carrier investigated the claim and determined that Plaintiff lied about the property destroyed in the fire, and as a result denied his claim for further insurance benefits. Represented by no less than 3 experienced attorneys, the case went to trial for a month in Los Angeles. John and Jason joined forces with a preeminent legal firm in San Francisco, and the key piece of disputed evidence (a faxed “contents list” to the defendant insurance carrier) was conclusively resolved in the defendant insurance carrier’s favor by Jason during the discovery phase of the lawsuit. From a multi-million dollar demand to a distrustful jury in an emotionally charged case, a defense verdict was successfully obtained.
Doe, an 8 year old student, was allegedly molested on the school’s campus by a first grade boy in the middle of the school afternoon. By conducting an aggressive litigation plan, including two all-day depositions of plaintiff’s parents, Jason was able to uncover evidence which indicated the molestation may not have occurred. As a consequence, the case settled for $75,000 against a firm which had originally demanded millions of dollars, and had recently obtained an 11 million dollar verdict from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Plaintiff, an attractive, successful chiropractor, was involved in a horrific car accident and alleged a life-long injury to her brachial plexus. This case was transferred to John one month before trial with a 2.5 million dollar demand, visceral accident photographs and large medical specials. John, utilizing an aggressive defense plan, uncovered significantly impeaching evidence, and settled the case for $200,000
Plaintiff, a nine-year-old boy, was a participant at the client’s summer camp. During a swim activity, Plaintiff was pulled out of the pool with no pulse and no respiration after being underwater for 5 minutes. After a being in the hospital for two weeks (including a week long medically induced coma), Plaintiff alleged he sustained an anoxic brain injury which resulted in the development of an everlasting cognitive disability. Plaintiff was represented by a sophisticated firm which specialized in brain injuries and had a record for obtaining multiple seven figure jury verdicts (the most recent being a 49 million dollar verdict). With only 2 million dollars in policy benefits, a disabled little boy, and multiple demands for the policy limits, through an aggressive defense on complicated medical issues, John and Jason were able to resolve the case for 1.2 million dollars.
This hotly contested case involved a medical doctor charged with over-prescribing narcotic medication, and then ultimately raping one of his former patients. Jason represented the pharmacy which dispensed the medication taken by the patient. Through diligent research and an early discovery plan, Jason was successful in disposing of the case for $500 with minimal defense costs.
Two teenage girls were involved in a horrific car accident, during which plaintiff was ejected from the vehicle. John and Jason defended the bar accused of supplying alcohol to the intoxicated motorist that caused the accident. After defending the case through discovery, John and Jason filed a summary judgment motion, and plaintiff accepted a waiver of costs to settle the case.
After nearly dying from an allergic reaction to pain medication, plaintiff sued his treating doctor and the pharmacy that provided the medication. From a six-figure demand, and after defending the case through discovery and depositions, Jason settled this case for $2,000.
Following a televised high-speed chase by the police throughout the Lancaster area in motorhome, Dorgali killed two innocent bystanders and caused numerous injuries. John defended the gas station owner who allegedly failed to secure the motorhome involved in the chase. John obtained a dismissal of plaintiffs’ cases for a waiver of costs.
Plaintiffs: the parents of a 23-year-old addict, who died of a drug overdose after years of abusing narcotic pain medication. His dealer: the pain management specialist who wrote prescriptions for cash. Client: the pharmacy who supplied the medication. Case settled for $50,000, despite allegations of conspiracy which could have overcome the MIRCA limits and an investigation by the DEA.
Plaintiff, a late 50’s married father of two children stepped into an unsecured ventilation shaft and fell 16 feet onto a concrete floor, sustaining spinal fractures. Confidential Air Conditioning, the client, had an indemnity agreement which required it to defend the general contractor. From a demand of millions of dollars, the case settled for $550,000 with the general picking up almost ½ the settlement despite the indemnity agreement.
Plaintiff, a college-aged student, was eating a hamburger at the client’s restaurant when he was stabbed in the neck by a homeless person. The knife nicked his spinal column, causing nerve damage and a life-long, permanent, and disfiguring injury. Through hard work and an aggressive litigation plan, the case was dismissed by summary judgment motion.