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Minor Children v. John Doe Defendant

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Minor Children v. John Doe Defendant (Los Angeles Superior Court)
Settlement: $1,375,000 (Auto v. Auto)

Defendant John Doe was drunk and caused an accident that killed the Children’s mother. Defendant John Doe did not have personal insurance. He was driving his mother’s car. His mother carried a $100,000 liability policy. The Children offered to settle their claims for $83,333.33. The insurance carrier refused asserting the legal doctrine, the One Action Rule. The trial court agreed with the insurance company. The Children appealed and won a reversal. The insurance company then settled the Children’s claims for $1,375,000.

Estate of Frank Fernando v. R&J Trucking, Inc.

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Estate of Frank Fernando v. R&J Trucking, Inc. (Stanislaus Superior Court)
Settlement: $1,000,000.00 (policy limits)

This was a truck versus motorcycle case. Defendant truck driver made an unsafe lane change and caused decedent to lose control of his motorcycle. He died, leaving behind a wife, three step-children, and one biological son. The case settled for the policy limits of the truck.

Jose Moreno v. Jesus Mitraparada

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Jose Moreno v. Jesus Mitraparada (Monterey County)
Settlement: $1,000,000 (policy limits) Auto v. Pedestrian Accident

Moreno was run over by a truck driven by Mitraparada and suffered serious and permanent orthopedic injuries. Moreno and Mitraparada were both working at the time of the incident and both worked for Company A. Both employees were loaned to Company B. Mitraparada contended that the Moreno’s claims were barred by the worker’s compensation exclusivity rule. Moreno successfully argued that he remained an employee of Company A and that only Mitraparada was a special employee of Company B. The case resolved for the policy limits.

Marquez v. XYZ Ladder Co.

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Marquez v. XYZ Ladder Co. (Stanislaus Superior Court)
Settlement: $1,000,000.00 (Industrial Accident)

A 10 foot, A-frame, fiberglass ladder fell laterally, causing the Plaintiff to fall and suffer serious head injuries. Plaintiff sued the ladder manufacturer based upon a design defect theory; there were no apparent manufacture defect. Plaintiff asserted that the lateral stability on A-frame ladder is inadequate to prevent lateral falls which is the number one cause of ladder accidents. Counsel deposed over 30 witnesses in 6 states, including many individuals who were members of the ANSI committee. In the process of discovery, counsel unearthed what is believed to be the largest private collection of papers on ladders, including ANSI minutes and memoranda, and various manufacturer’s design history and testing.

Smith v. XYZ Car Manufacturer

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Smith v. XYZ Car Manufacturer (Los Angeles Superior Court)
Settlement: Confidential

This was a defective seat back case. Plaintiff was a Korean War veteran. He was 74 years old. He was driving a van southbound on the 110 freeway when another car rear-ended his van. The driver’s seat back broke backwards, propelling the plaintiff rear-ward. The top of his head struck the second row seat, breaking his neck. The plaintiff became a paraplegic. The lawsuit was brought against the driver of the other car and the manufacturer of the van. The case settled for a confidential amount.

Juarez v. ABC Motor Company

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Juarez v. ABC Motor Company (Los Angeles Superior Court)
Settlement: $500,000.00

This case involved death by carbon monoxide poisoning of three small children who were riding, unrestrained in the back of a pickup truck camper during a trip. The tail pipe and muffler had been adjusted by a muffler shop that had no insurance and was out of business.

A products liability action was brought against the manufacturer of the pickup truck because of its short tail pipe and hollow side panels which allowed carbon monoxide to pour into the pickup bed.

Defendant manufacturer did not recommend or put the camper shell on the body and therefore claimed it was not responsible. The camper shell manufacturer, who was a defendant, claimed it had no knowledge of carbon monoxide problems ever occurring before. All defendants claimed that the father was comparatively negligent by placing three children in the bed of the pickup truck without seatbelts protected only by a fiberglass shell.

Hunter v. Heavy Equipment Manufacturer

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Hunter v. Heavy Equipment Manufacturer (Alameda County Superior Court)
Settlement: $500,000.00

Plaintiff was a heavy machine operator. He sustained an L1 burst fracture when he lost control of the equipment allowing it to bounce violently. Plaintiff later died due to medical complications. Plaintiff’s family sued the manufacturer claiming that the manufacturer failed to design the equipment with adequate safety protection during a foreseeable accident to protect the operator. This matter settled at an early mediation.

Badash v. Home Improvement Store

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Badash v. Home Improvement Store (Los Angeles Superior Court, Central)
Settlement: $550,000.00 (Battery/False Arrest/Malicious Prosecution)

Plaintiff was a 28 year old contractor who entered a Home Improvement Store. He purchased over $200 worth of merchandise. Upon exiting the store and in the process of loading his truck, he was approached by the store loss prevention personnel who claimed that plaintiff stole a pair of $20 work gloves. Plaintiff was escorted to the back of the store where he was photographed and handcuffed. Plaintiff complained that the cuffs were too tight but the loss prevention personnel refused to loosen the cuffs. Plaintiff became agitated and attempted to leave the room. Loss prevention personnel pushed and shoved plaintiff. Plaintiff fell and hit his head. Plaintiff incurred about $10,000 in medical bills for emergency room visits and follow up visits with a chiropractor for neck pain. Plaintiff was arrested and charges were filed by the city attorney at the request of the store. The charges were eventually dropped. Plaintiff sued for battery, false arrest, and malicious prosecution. Plaintiff initially offered to settle all matters for dismissal of criminal prosecution. The store refused and demanded civil penalty of $300. When plaintiff moved to have the charges dismissed on his own, plaintiff offered to settle his claim for $50,000. The store again refused and demanded civil penalty of $300. Approximately one year later, the store paid $550,000 to settle the case.

Jane Doe 1, a Minor, Her Mother and Sister v. Ace of Hearts, Inc.

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Jane Doe 1, a Minor, Her Mother and Sister v. Ace of Hearts, Inc. (Los Angeles Superior Court)
Settlement: $750,000.00

This was a dog bite case. Ace of Hearts was a dog rescue agency. The plaintiffs were a 4 year girl who was bitten by the dog and her mother and sister who witnessed the mauling. Ace gave an American bull dog named Nemo to Foster Owner #1. Nemo attacked and mauled Foster Owner #1’s mother. After the attack, Foster Owner #1 returned the dog to Ace after Ace threatened to sue FO#1 if he euthanized the dog. Upon Nemo’s return, Ace gave the dog to Foster Owner #2 without disclosing the first mauling. FO #2 took the dog to Denver where it attacked and mauled plaintiff. Plaintiffs sued the rescue agency for negligence and for trying to rehabilitate a sick animal. Plaintiff sustained multiple bite wounds to her buttocks and pelvic. Fortunately there were no permanent damages other than scars. She sustained $18,000 in medical bills. Her mother and sister made claims for emotional distress. The case settled within one year of contacting plaintiff counsel.

Jones v. Venus Nails

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a successful result for the following case:

Jones v. Venus Nails (Sacramento Superior Court)
Settlement: $300,000.00

Plaintiff sustained second degree chemical burns to his feet during a pedicure when he soaked his feet in a basin. Defendant denied that it caused the burns because plaintiff did not make any complaints during the pedicure. However, plaintiff provided proof that the pedicure caused the burns when the basin was not rinsed properly after the salon applied a chemical to disinfect it from the previous customer.

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