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Enriquez v. John Doe Driver and XYZ Company

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

Enriquez v. John Doe Driver and XYZ Company (Los Angeles Superior Court – Norwalk)
Settlement: $3,500,000.00

Deaf plaintiff pedestrian was hit by a van while crossing street mid block. Defendant contended that he could not see plaintiff until it was too late, because plaintiff was wearing dark clothing while crossing at night. The plaintiff suffered injuries including open eye comatose state. Settlement was reached one week before trial.

Sida v. Ko’s Foothill Glen Apartments, Inc.

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

Sida v. Ko’s Foothill Glen Apartments, Inc. (Los Angeles Superior Court)
Settlement: $3,110,000 (Premise Liability)

Plaintiff Guadalupe Sida, age 14, suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to her chest and arms when scalding water spilt on her when the stove in the apartment unit tipped over. Plaintiff sued the apartment owners alleging that they failed to installed an anti-tipping unit. The apartment owners crossed complained against the stove manufacturer.

Boddie v. Best Western

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

Boddie v. Best Western (San Bernardino Superior Court)
Settlement (Confidential) (Premise Liability)

This is a premises liability case where plaintiff was a guest at a Best Western Hotel. There was a knock on the door and the daughter of the plaintiff opened the door without looking through the peep hole. Two gunmen came in. Plaintiff was sexually assaulted by one of the gunmen. An issue existed with respect to lighting, and whether or not there were security guards at the premises as promised in the promotional literature. The settlement was reached despite the fact that defendant contended plaintiffs were comparatively negligent by opening the door and that they had no duty to the plaintiffs in that criminal activity of this nature was not foreseeable and could not be stopped since the crime took place in a guest room after the assailant was allowed into the room.

Portillo v. Conrod Concrete, Inc.

Minh T. Nguyen is pleased to announce a winning verdict for the following case:

Portillo v. Conrod Concrete, Inc. (Los Angeles Superior Court, Norwalk)
Settlement: $550,000.00 (Industrial Accident)

A subcontractor employee fell through a floor opening/penetration when he lifted an unmarked and unsecured piece of plywood. The employee suffered a fractured back and a concussion. The suit was brought against the General Contractor and various subcontractors based upon claims that one of them had left the piece of plywood unmarked and unsecured, both in violation of Cal-OSHA requirements.

John Doe 1, John Doe 2, and John Doe 3 v. Ace of Hearts, Inc.

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

This was a dog bite case. Ace of Hearts was a dog rescue agency. 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 a 4 year old girl. The dog was then returned to Ace. Ace then gave Nemo to Roommate #1 to care for the dog while Ace located a permanent home. Ace did not disclose the two prior attacks. While in the care of Roommate #1, the dog attacked Roommate #2 and Roommate #3. The rescue agency never told the roommates that the dog was sick and had previously attacked the nurse. Roommates #2 and #3 sued the agency for their personal injuries. Roommate #2 sustained a torn extensor tendon which required surgery. His medical bills were about $25,000. Roommate #3 sustained a bite on the leg. He incurred about $1,500 in medical bills. Ace then turned around and sued Roommate #1, claiming that Roommate #1 agreed to defend and indemnify Ace if it was ever sued. Roommate #1 counter-sued the agency for fraud for lying to him about the dog’s history, because Ace made an affirmative statement that it knew of no dangerous history of the dog. Incredibly, after the mauling of Victim #3 and Victim #4, the agency attempted to rehabilitate the dog again. It gave the dog to a kennel. Ace did not tell the kennel about the prior four attacks. Accordingly, the dog attacked and mauled two kennel workers, Victim #5 and Victim #6, sending both men to the hospital. One of the last two victims was hospitalized for over a week. After this attack, the dog was finally euthanized.

Hale v. 4454 Van Nuys

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

Hale v. 4454 Van Nuys (Los Angeles Superior Court, Van Nuys)
Settlement: $900,000.00 (Premise Liability)

The plaintiff, who suffered from arthritis, parked at a handicapped parking space that was elevated about six inches at a strip mall. She fell down and broke her pelvis. She sustained $80,000 in medical bills. Plaintiff made a CCP § 998 demand of $345,000.00 which was rejected by the defendant. At mediation, just four (4) months after Plaintiff’s demand was rejected, the defendant agreed to pay $900,000.00.

Goeschel v. NOCROP

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

Goeschel v. NOCROP (Orange County Superior Court)
Settlement: $950,000.00 (Premise Liability)

Plaintiff was a nursing student in the NOCROP program. An unusual heavy rain storm hit Southern California in December 2008. A roof drain was clogged at the school building which lead to a pooling of water. The weight of the water caused the roof to collapse onto students in the building. Plaintiff sustained a neck injury which required a cervical fusion. Plaintiff contended that during the aftermath of the collapsed, she slipped and fell and injured her neck. Defendant disputed the extent of the injury and claimed that other parties were responsible for preventing the roof from collapsing. Over 25 depositions were taken in this case.

Hanson v. XYZ Car Manufacturer

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

Hanson v. XYZ Car Manufacturer (Los Angeles Superior Court)
Settlement: $1,225,000.00

This was an overly aggressive passenger air bag case, coupled with a lack of sensor. Plaintiff was a police officer whose vehicle was broadsided. Upon the initial impact, plaintiff was thrown from the driver seat to the passenger seat with his torso across the center console area. A second impact occurred with the police cruiser and a brick wall which set off the passenger air bag. The air bag caused traumatic brain injury to the officer. The officer lived for about three years before succumbing to his injuries. The officer’s family sued the other driver and the vehicle manufacturer.