Verdicts And Settlements
- Rubinstein vs. Fakheri, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC 630004: Court judgment for $874,000 arising out of money lent. Defendant argued that he did not borrow any money from plaintiff, and relied upon the absence of any loan documents, as well as testimony that the money plaintiff transferred to defendant was actually owed by plaintiff to a third party. The Court rejected those arguments.
- Rubinstein adv. Yehuda, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC 604231: Jury verdict for $550,000 arising out of dispute as to the ownership of a membership interest in a limited liability company. Verdict included an award of punitive damages.
- Eagle International, Inc. vs. City of California City, Kern County Superior Court Case No. S-1500-CV-272082, LHB: Court judgment for $680,000 arising out of plaintiff’s construction of a recreational center for defendant city, for which plaintiff was to receive land zoned for residential use. City failed to re-zone land, and plaintiff sued City for the value of services rendered.
- Schick vs. Mahdavi, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. SC 099872: Defense verdict arising out of plaintiff’s claim that defendant embezzled company funds. Judgment included a $178,000 attorneys’ fee award to defendant.
- FHI vs. Pan Gulf Energy Holdings, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC 290304: Defense verdict arising out of plaintiff sub-contractor’s claim that defendant was a joint-venturer with the general contractor on the construction project, and thus liable for the amounts due for plaintiff’s services. Defense judgment included award of statutory attorneys’ fees.
- Renard vs. Crandell, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. SC 085966: Plaintiffs’ verdict in neighbor dispute alleging nuisance. Verdict included award of punitive damages.
- Sivak vs. Versen, United States District Court, Southern District of California Case No. 3:06-cv-00416-LAB. Plaintiff employee sued former employer and principal for breach of contract and fraud. Jury verdict for $343,000, including $100,000 in punitive damages.
- Hertz adv. Marmol-Radziner, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. SC 095315: Defense verdict arising out of plaintiff architect/builder’s claim that defendants had agreed to pay plaintiff for architectural plans for defendants’ home.
- Panich vs. Portney, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC 516496: Plaintiff sued her deceased brother’s estate for misappropriating Plaintiff’s savings. Defendant initially prevailed at trial, on the ground that Plaintiff had the burden of proof as to how much money was misappropriated, and Plaintiff could not state with certainty that amount. Plaintiff appealed and the Court of Appeal Reversed (Case No. B267586), holding that because Plaintiff had entrusted her money to Defendant, the Defendant had the burden of proof to demonstrate what happened to Plaintiff’s money. The matter was remanded for a re-trial, and Plaintiff was awarded judgment in the amount of $346,000.
- Insurance Bad Faith: $2 million arising out of a claim for fire damage. Insured was awarded $11 million after a contested appraisal process. Insured failed to pay the entire award, which resulted in a lawsuit for bad faith.
- Family / Real Property: Plaintiff and defendant purchased investment property at time when they thought they were married. Later adjudicated never to have been married. Defendant controlled property and refused to share income with plaintiff. $300,000 settlement to plaintiff.
- Copyright: Plaintiff created new costume designs for classic Disney characters, to be used in merchandising by Disney licensee. Plaintiff paid a small fee by Disney licensee but did not sign any document transferring her copyrights. $300,000 settlement.
- Copyright: Plaintiff alleged that he co-authored a song, the copyright to which was infringed by a popular hip-hop artist. $500,000 settlement to plaintiff.
- Partnership: Plaintiff brought real estate opportunity to defendant with the expectation that plaintiff and defendant would partner on the opportunity. Defendant ultimately acquired the real estate for himself. $587,000 settlement to plaintiff.
- Partnership: Plaintiff and defendant jointly invented a medical device. Plaintiff transferred his interest in the device patents to defendant, in return for defendant’s promise to exploit the patents and share the income therefrom with plaintiff. Instead defendant engaged in self-dealing and used his status as patent owner to obtain shares in the licensee of the patents, which defendant did not share with plaintiff. Settlement through which defendant transferred substantial shares in licensee to plaintiff.
- Employment: Plaintiff was employed by defendant retailer as Vice President of Operations. Plaintiff alleged that he was terminated unlawfully and without cause, as part of defendant’s effort to replace tenured executives with younger, less expensive employees. $605,000 settlement to employee.
- Employment: Plaintiff employee worked as an assistant for defendant’s clothing company. Defendant terminated plaintiff shortly after she gave birth, claiming that plaintiff’s job was being eliminated. Plaintiff alleged that she was terminated due to her pregnancy. $220,000 settlement to employee.
- Employment: Plaintiff employer sued defendant employee for resigning her job after defendant’s former employer enforced a non-compete provision against defendant. Defendant cross-complained against plaintiff, alleging that plaintiff knew about the non-compete and promised to indemnify defendant against any claims by her former employer. $115,000 settlement to defendant.
- Employment: Defendant employer terminated plaintiff employee, ostensibly for poor performance. Plaintiff, however, was enjoined from performing most of her job functions, due to a non-compete clause plaintiff signed when she was previously employed by defendant’s competitor. Defendant promised plaintiff that it would indemnify plaintiff against any claims asserted by her former employer, but refused to do so. $195,000 settlement to employee.
- Entertainment: Plaintiff alleged that he and defendant had originated the idea, and had co-written the treatment for what ultimately became a popular network television drama. Defendant excluded Plaintiff from the development of the property, wrote the pilot himself and took of the credit and compensation. $1.7 million settlement to plaintiff.
- Tortious Interference: Plaintiff law firm was fired by its recording artist client, after client’s business manager misrepresented to client how much fees he was paying to the law firm. $635,000 settlement to law firm.
- Business Dispute: Plaintiff consultant helped build defendant’s “EB-5” immigrant investor business. Defendant promised Plaintiff that Plaintiff would receive a share of Defendant’s revenue from any venture that came into fruition. Plaintiff assisted on four such ventures but Defendant refused to pay Plaintiff anything. $1.2 million settlement to Plaintiff.