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Liability Admitted, Family Relationship Disputed Before Trial

Verdict: $4.5 Million | San Francisco County Superior Court | Ausselet v. WPX Courier LLC, et al.


This is an action of admitted liability addressing the loss of a husband and father. The surviving children were from different marriages. The key assessment of the case was the involvement of the father in the lives of the children and in the marriage with his then wife. Defendant made a statutory offer of over $2.6 million prior to trial.

Rear-Ended In Traffic

Verdict: $1.5 Million | Marin County | Bodeman v. Carson

Maria Bodeman was 42 years of age, married and had two children at the time when she was rear-ended on northbound US 101 in Marin County. She was coming home from her job in Marin to Sacramento when she was struck from behind in a three-car chain reaction collision. Ms. Bodeman sustained an injury to her cervical spine resulting in a single level cervical fusion.

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Truck Driver, Under The Influence Of Alcohol, Ran Stop Sign

Verdict: $10.5 Million | Fresno County Superior Court | Lopez v. D.A.V. Charities of Central California, Inc, et al.


This is an action filed by a Hispanic woman against an entity that had only $3 million in insurance coverage. The operator of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol when he ran through a stop sign and struck the plaintiff’s vehicle causing a serious brain injury. The defendant failed to tender the policy limit in a timely fashion upon demand.

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Killed In Fire

Settlement: Confidential | Sacramento County | Argente v. Vallejo Housing Partners, Amerland and SimplexGrinnell, LP

Plaintiff’s husband and father, Mr. Argente, was killed in a fire at the Casa de Vallejo in Vallejo, California. The property owner, Vallejo Housing Partners, hired SimplexGrinnell, LP to upgrade the fire alarm system. The work commenced on or about June 4, 2008, and on or about June 5, 2008, SimplexGrinnell, LP, disconnected the existing fire alarm system.

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Construction/Trucking Accident Resulting In A Wrongful Death

Settlement: $5 Million | Sacramento County | Trask v. James E. Simon

This case arose out of the death of a 49-year-old construction superintendent. The accident occurred on a construction site in Indian Wells when a cement truck driver attempted to backup over 400 feet without a spotter. It was during this long backup that decedent was run over and killed. He was survived by his wife and seven children.

Dangerous Roadway Allowed 18-Wheeler To Block Highway

Settlement: $5.1 Million | Merced County Superior Court | Pfeifer v. State of California, et al.


This was an action against the state of California for a claimed dangerous condition of a roadway in that it allowed for traffic to cross over Highway 99. This incident involved a truck pulling out from a side frontage road in an attempt to cross Highway 99. The decedent was headed northbound when he struck a truck in the process of this maneuver.

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Drunk Driver Caused Accident

Settlement: $6 Million | Sacramento County | Stevenson v. Keith

Defendant Keith was an attorney and habitual drunk driver who caused this motor vehicle accident, seriously injuring the 40-year-old plaintiff, while operating his vehicle with a .28 blood alcohol content.

Dump Truck Backed Over Man On Construction Site

Settlement: $3.5 Million | Sacramento County Superior Court | Kaufman v. Cline, et al.


This matter involved a roadway construction worker who was on a roadway project when he was backed over by a truck during the course of the construction. He was a father of two young children and married at the time of the incident. The defense took the position that the incident was his fault as he should have heard the back-up bell and been aware that the dump truck would be backing up into the area where he was working.

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Fifteen-Passenger Rollover

Verdict: $1.86 Million | Pease v. Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Big O Tires

Lead singer and guitarist of the Sacramento band Bucho was severely injured while traveling home from a performance at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. The 44-year-old Gerald Pease had rented a 15-passenger van from Enterprise Rent-A-Car of Sacramento to transport both the band members and their gear to the performance in Vegas.

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Struck Guardrail And Lost Right Leg

Settlement: $3.65 Million | Humboldt County | Manning v. State of California

Here, plaintiff struck a guardrail on northbound Highway 101 which was installed improperly. Plaintiff, 19 years old at the time of the accident, sustained severe injuries leading to the amputation of her right leg. The case involved extensive investigation as to the proper procedure and specifications of the installed guardrail.