E-Newsletter Winter 2019

$4 Million Verdict Returned Against L.A. Transit District

As we went to press, Doug Saeltzer and Doris Cheng obtained a multimillion dollar jury verdict against the Los Angeles County Municipal Transit Authority (LACMTA), on behalf of the mother of 21-year-old bicyclist who was hit and killed after changing lanes in front of a moving bus. All experts agreed that the turn was too… read more

Auto Product Liability: Servicemen v. Foreign Automaker – $4,850,000 Settlement During Expert Discovery

In this confidential action, Michael A. Kelly, Andrew McDevitt and Valerie Rose represented two passengers of a sedan that crashed into a tree in central California, suffering enhanced injuries when the car’s rear seat passenger restrain system failed resulting in orthopedic and residual brain injuries. The case settled for $4.85 million during expert discovery following… read more

Vehicular Negligence: Grandmother v. Construction Company – $1,000,000 Settlement Prior to Expert Discovery

In this San Francisco Superior Court case, Sara Peters represented a senior citizen from El Salvador who was run over by a construction company truck outside of her grandson’s elementary school. Plaintiff sustained major injuries including brain damage due to loss of blood. There were no witnesses, and our injured client could not recall the… read more

Vehicular Negligence: Pedestrian v. Motorist – $5.6 Million Global Settlement

A confidential settlement was reached by Matthew Davis and Joseph Nicholson on behalf of a 69-year-old woman who suffered serious injuries when she was run over by a car as she walked her dog in Sausalito. The defendant driver was clearly at fault, but only carried $100,000 in insurance coverage. The driver worked as a… read more

Vehicular Negligence: Auto v. Auto – $725,000 Settlement Following Court-Ordered Settlement Conference

In a Napa Superior Court action, Joseph Nicholson negotiated a settlement of $725,000 for a young woman injured in an auto versus auto collision on a busy section of Trancas Street in Napa. The defendant, an elderly woman driving her daughter’s vehicle, attempted a left turn across oncoming traffic into a Safeway parking lot.  Plaintiff’s… read more

Vehicular Negligence: Parents v. Tow Truck – $600,000 Recovered

In this Santa Clara County case, Jeffrey A. Clause recovered $600,000 on behalf of the parents of an 18-year-old who was fatally struck from behind by a tow truck driver. Plaintiffs’ son was walking at 1:00 a.m. in the bicycle lane of a roadway beneath a major overpass. Although six overhead lights were installed, the… read more

Vehicular Negligence: Mom and Toddler v. Driver – $1,500,000 Settlement

In a Sonoma County Superior Court matter, Spencer Pahlke negotiated a policy limit settlement in the amount of $1,500,000 on behalf of a mother and 17-month-old son who were struck by a left-turning car while crossing a street in downtown Petaluma. Plaintiff, a licensed psychologist, was on a walk with her young son in a… read more

Medical Negligence: Heirs v. Internist – 7-Figure Confidential Settlement

In this confidential settlement, Conor M. Kelly and Spencer Pahlke secured a seven figure policy limit settlement on behalf of the surviving spouse and adult son of a 62-year-old telecommunications manager who died of bladder cancer after proving that the defendant internal medicine physician had improperly back-dated medical records. The decedent had a family history… read more

Premises Liability: Patron v. Propane Fire Pit Maker – $3,000,000 Global Resolution

In a Yolo County Superior Court action, Walkup attorneys Matthew Davis and Spencer Pahlke recovered a global resolution of $3,000,000 on behalf of a young woman who suffered burn injuries while visiting a winery where she is a member. During a wine tasting event, plaintiff sat down at a barrel shaped wine table. A winery… read more

Toxic Exposure: Worker v. Consulting Firm – 7-Figure Confidential Settlement

Khaldoun A. Baghdadi, Justin Chou and Jade Smith-Williams obtained a seven-figure confidential settlement on behalf of a man who developed terminal kidney cancer after breathing tetrachloroethylene contaminated air in the workplace.  Plaintiff, employed at a warehouse for 15 years, was unaware that it had been constructed above a known groundwater plume of tetrachloroethylene. The owner… read more