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Verdicts & Settlements

2012

Jury Verdict

Represented Plaintiffs

Associates for Truth, et. al. v. Silverlakes Vacation Club, et. al.

Plaintiffs claimed defendants committed certain violations affecting timeshares at Silver Lakes Vacation Club.

$1,000,000.00 Verdict

Directed Verdict Granted Before Trial

All causes of action dismissed

Represented Defendants

Jimenez v. County of San Bernardino,

Plaintiff filed 42 U.S.C. 1983 in state court for excessive force, unreasonable search warrant and Monell claim against the County of San Bernardino, deputy and Sheriff.   Motion won before trial.

Summary Judgment Granted

Represented Defendants

Ceballos v. County of San Bernardino

Wrongful death filed against Sheriff's Department deputy for a fatal shooting.

Summary Judgment Granted

Represented Defendants

Penigar v. County of San Bernardino

Plaintiff filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action in federal court for excessive force and a Monell claim against the County of San Bernardino.

Summary Judgment Granted

Represented Defendants

Mejia v. City of San Bernardino

Plaintiff filed for the shooting death of their relative alleging unreasonable search and seizure, excessive force, due process, conspiracy, false arrest, interference with familial relationships against 9 police officers.

Summary Judgment Granted

Represented Defendants

Martinez v. County of San Bernardino et. Al.

Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging various FEHA violations including discrimination against the Sheriff's Department.

2011

$45 million judgment affirmed on appeal

Represented Plaintiff

Dakota Payphone, LLC v. Hugo Alcaraz

Our client prevailed on a case where defendant appealed entry a judgment against him claiming it should be set aside as it was obtained through mistake and fraud on the part of his prior attorneys. The Court of Appeal upheld the $45,000,000 judgment on February 2, 2011.

Defense verdict

Represented Defendant

Grotewold v. Deputy Derrick Willies

Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging violation of civil rights for excessive force and false arrest based on two separate arrests of plaintiff. Plaintiff asked jury for 1.5 million. A defense verdict for all claims rendered.

2010

Defense verdict

Represented Defendants

Mauro Galarza v. County of San Bernardino, et. al.

Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging violation of civil rights for excessive force, unlawful seizure and deprivation of due process. Defendant deputies were dispatched to an illegal cock fight where the plaintiff was in attendance along with approximately one hundred other individuals. The patrons were alerted to law enforcement and scattered. The plaintiff alleges that he was assaulted by unknown deputies. A defense verdict was rendered.

Plaintiff verdict but did not prevail on civil rights claims

 

Represented Defendant

Vivian McKinn v. County of San Bernardino.

Plaintiff filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging civil rights violations for claims of cruel & unusual punishment under the 8th Amendment, along with various supplemental state tort claims asserting a class action. The class action was successfully defeated in 2009 and the rest of the claims went to trial. The plaintiff did not prevail on any federal civil rights claims; therefore no award of attorney's fees.

The jury awarded the plaintiff $49,000 based upon a negligence claim.

Demurrer Granted

Represented Defendants

Hottinger v. County of San Bernardino, et al

Demurrer granted without leave as to County and Deputy in state court, officer involved shooting. (Summary judgment granted in 2009 on federal action).

Summary Judgment Granted

Represented Defendants

Mejia v. County of San Bernardino, et al

Motion for Summary Judgment granted as to all defendants on all claims for relief.

Case Dismissed against client

Solano v. Sader, et. al.

Representation of a federal agent (pro bono) accused of illegally accessing personal records. The case was dismissed for waiver of costs.

Settlement for client $525,000

Morgan v. Price

Representation of a senior citizen who had been severely beaten by an individual during the course of a robbery. The case settled on the day of trial for $525,000.00

Dismissal

Represented Defendant

A.R. v. County of San Bernardino

Plaintiff alleging civil rights violations.  Dismissed with prejudice for waiver of fees and costs.

2009

Summary Judgment Granted

Represented Defendants

Hottinger v. County of San Bernardino, et al

Motion for Summary Judgment granted to County of San Bernardino and Deputy in Federal court, officer involved shooting case.

Summary Judgment Granted

Represented Defendants

Montes v. County of San Bernardino

Motion for Summary Judgment granted as to defendants on all claims for relief.

Dismissal Granted

Represented Defendant

Lawrence v. County of San Bernardino

Entire case dismissed with prejudice for waiver of costs and fees.

Dismissed with Prejudice

Represented Defendant

Enciso v. County of San Bernardino

Dismissed with prejudice for waiver of fees and costs.

Defense verdict

Represented Defendants

Moore, et al. v. County of San Bernardino, et. al.

This was a shooting case that resulted in a lawsuit for claims for violations of civil rights which included a wrongful death and survival action against the County of San Bernardino and a San Bernardino County Deputy.

Certification for Class Action Denied

McKinn v. County of San Bernardino

Successfully opposed plaintiff's motion for class certification.

Mistrial - jury could not reach a unanimous decision

Aragonez, et al. v. County of San Bernardino.

Plaintiffs filed a civil rights lawsuit alleging excessive force, excessive detention and false arrest violations against a County of San Bernardino Sheriff Deputy and a California Highway Patrol Officer. Plaintiffs were arrested for 647f and on their way to jail kicked out the windows of the patrol vehicle. The felony vandalism charges were later dismissed and their civil rights claims went to trial. The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict and a mistrial was declared.

2008

Defense verdict.

Represented Defendants

Alemazkour v. County of San Bernardino.

Plaintiff alleged deputies used excessive force and arrested him without justification or probable cause. Jury found in favor of defendants.

Judgment for client $45 million

Dakota Pay Phone , LLC v. American Western, et. al.

Case for fraud and breach of contract involving Ponzi like scheme to defraud hundreds of investors. After defendants engaged in dilatory tactics to delay the proceeding, the court refused to grant relief from second default. The court entered judgment for fraud and breach of contract against him for over $45 million.

Dismissal granted

Represented Defendants

Block v. County of San Bernardino

Dismissed for failure to prosecute.

Published Cases:

Dakota Payphone LLC v. Alcaraz, (2011) 192 Cal. App. 4th 493

Brittain v. Campbell, 451 F.3d 1982 (9th Cir. 2006)

Mabe v. County of San Bernardino, et al., 237 F.3d 1101 (9th Cir. 2001)

Day v. City of Fontana, et al., (2001) 25 Cal.4th 268, 105 Cal.Rptr.2d 457

This list is not illustrative of all cases successfully resolved.

2004 - 2007 available upon request.

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