Verdicts & Decisions

Successful Decisions Before Trial

October 2007 - Alejandre v. Ford of Dublin - Motion for Summary Judgment – On September 10, 2004, at approximately 6:45 a.m., Defendant Kevin Michael Lujan was driving southbound on Vasco Road in Contra Costa County. When Defendant Lujan’s vehicle crossed the double yellow line into the northbound direction, it collided head on with a 1996 Ford F150 truck driven by Decedent, Ignacio Alejandre.Ignacio Alejandre, the driver of the 1996 Ford F150, and three other passengers in that vehicle were killed during this collision. There was only one air bag in the 1996 Ford F150, which was on the driver’s side, which did not deploy during the accident. Read More…

June 2006 - Miller v. Honda of Santa Monica - Demurrer – Defendant Honda of Santa Monica filed a Demurrer to the Complaint because the Retail Installment Sales Contract, which was attached to and incorporated into the Complaint by reference, contradicted the allegations contained in the Complaint. Read more…

April 2005 Hart v. AutoWest Dodge, et al. - Defense Motion Granted – After several motions in limine, AutoWest Dodge moved for Non-Suit based on Plaintiff’s inability to provide evidence supporting her claims. Read more…

September 27, 2010 - Goodlin v. Power Chrysler Jeep – Defense VerdictPlaintiffs, Harry and Victoria Goodlin purchased a new 2006 Chrysler Sebring from Power Chrysler Valencia. After their purchase, the vehicle was brought in to the dealership a few times for various issues. Plaintiffs decided to trade-in the vehicle because they were not happy with it anymore. The Toyota dealership informed them that the vehicle had frame damage. Plaintiff’s sued the dealership for failing to disclose prior alleged collision damage. Power Chrysler Valencia denied Plaintiff’s allegations. More info…

TRIALS

August 2010 - Vladish v. Villa Ford – Jury Trial – Defense Verdict - Plaintiff, Cyrena Vladish, purchased a used Ford Escape on September 11, 2005. Ms. Vladish experienced various mechanical defects with the vehicle and took the vehicle in for repairs to a secondary dealership. The mechanic at this dealership allegedly informed Plaintiff that the vehicle’s engine block was crack and being “held together” by glue caused by an alleged prior accident. Defendant denied Plaintiff’s allegations. More info…

February 2010 Roberts v. Roseville BMW - Court Trial – Defense Verdict -Plaintiffs alleged that their identity was stolen which resulted in economic damages including, but not limited to, loss of their home and business. Defendants denied that their conduct caused and/or contributed to the Plaintiffs damages. Instead, the Plaintiffs damages were caused by their inability to get credit because of their pre-existing bad credit and the down turn in the economy. More info…

September 2009 - Williamson v. BMW of Fremont - Court Trial Defense Verdict – Plaintiff, MaryAnn Williamson purchased a “certified pre-owned” BMW X5 in January 2004. Plaintiff alleged that the car was never properly CPO certified and/or should not have been CPO certified because of alleged pre-existing engine problems. BMW of Fremont denied Plaintiff’s allegations. More info…

June 2009 - McDade v. Advantage Infiniti, et al. - Binding Arbitration - Defense Verdict – Employment Law – Plaintiff alleged that she suffered a workplace injury and that when she made a workers compensation claim she was fired in retaliation. Plaintiff demanded $500,000. Advantage Infiniti received a full defense verdict and as Defendants were prevailing aprties they were awarded $4,811.61 in costs. Read more…

April 2009 - Pell v. Power Ford Huntington Beach - Jury Trial – Defense Verdict -Plaintiff offered to settle the matter for $15,000 pre-trial. Defense verdict in 22 minutes.  Defendants were awarded and collected costs in the amount of $2,483.74. Read more…

March 2009 - L’Herault v. Honda of Santa Monica - Jury Trial – Defense Verdict - The case involved a motor vehicle v. motorcycle accident. Plaintiff’s demand was $650,000. Defendants offered $5,000. Defense verdict for the dealership and an award of costs in their favor and against the Plaintiff. Read more…

January 2009 - Hernandez v. Mercedes-Benz South Bay - Jury Trial – Defense Verdict – Plaintiff claimed the used 1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK320 was sold to her with frame damage and mechanical defects. She demanded recission of the contract, consequential damages, and attorneys’ fees. Mercedes-Benz South Bay and Mercedes-Benz USA received a defense verdict. Read more…

December 2008 Antonelli v. BMW of Mountain View - Jury Trial – Defense Verdict- Plaintiff claims she stepped off a curb and fell due to an unsafe condition of the premises causing her to suffer a broken hip. Read more…

November 2008 Gonzales v. Don Kott Chrysler Jeep - Jury Trial – Defense Verdict- Plaintiff, Gladys Gonzales was walking down a hallway and alleged she fell down two stairs sustaining a knee injury which ultimately resulted in arthroscopic surgery and knee replacement surgery. Jury found that the dealership was not negligent in the maintenance of its premises. Read more…

June 17, 2008 - Ryvkin v. Land Rover Encino - Jury Trial – Defense Verdict – Jury found Land Rover Encino’s negligence was not a factor in wrongful death case and awarded a defense verdict in favor of Land Rover Encino. Read more…

January 30, 2008 - Oregel v. Power Chevrolet El Monte, et al. - Jury Trial – Defense Verdict Read more…

January 17, 2008 - Izumi v. House of Imports, et al. - Jury Trial – Defense Verdict Read more…

February 26, 2007 - Olson v. Power Toyota Irvine - Jury Trial – Defense Verdict – Twenty year old Hannah Olson purchased a 2004 Toyota Tacoma truck and later had a change of heart.  Read more…

August 2006 - Nava v. Power Chevrolet El Monte - Jury Trial – Defense Verdict – Plaintiff Jessie Nava sued Power Chevrolet El Monte after a slip and fall accident on the premises of the dealership. Plaintiff alleged that the employees at Power Chevrolet El Monte created an unsafe condition on the premises by washing cars near the entrance of the showroom. Plaintiff alleged she slipped in the water resulting in torn ligaments in her knee and surgery. Power Chevrolet El Monte denied they created a dangerous condition and further disputed the cause of Nava’s injuries.More info

August 2006 - Doppes v. Bentley Motor Cars - Jury Trial – Defense Verdict – Plaintiff purchased a new Bentley Arnage and complained the car emitted a foul smell. Plaintiff sued Bentley Motors and Newport Auto Center under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act and Magnuson-Moss Consumer Warranty Act. Read more…

April 2006 - Gutierrez v. Power Dodge Valencia - Jury Trial-  Defense Verdict – Plaintiff Jose Gutierrez traded in his 2003 Dodge Ram for a 2004 Dodge Ram SLT. Plaintiff contended that Power Dodge Valencia deceptively promised that the trade in value of his vehicle was lower than promised resulting in his having to pay the difference of more than $7,000 after he purchased the vehicle. He further alleged that the salesperson misled him to purchase add-ons such as a Gap Contract and vehicle alarm system. Lastly, Plaintiff alleged that he was not given a Spanish translation contract.  Power Dodge Valencia denied all Plaintiffs’ allegations. More info

October 2005 - Duplantis v. Fullerton Dodge - Jury TrialPlaintiff, Wayne Duplatis was an employee of Fullerton Dodge Inc. who sued the dealership for wrongful termination based on the allegation that he was offered employment at the dealership for as long as he desired. The dealership alleged he was an at-will employee. He further alleged that Fullerton Dodge engaged in “payment packing” resulting in his termination based upon retaliatory motives when he complained. Fullerton Dodge, Inc. denied all of Plaintiff’s allegations. More info

September 2005 - Manahan v. Hayward Dodge, et al. - Jury Trial – Defense Verdict – Jury found for Defendants on all causes of action. As the prevailing parties, Defendants were awarded $178,427.64. Read more…

February 2005 Hays v. Anderson Chevrolet. - Jury Trial – Defense Verdict-Plaintiff alleges that she has a pre-existing back condition which required her to have a power seat in her vehicle and claims that she had suffered an exacerbation of her back injury.  Anderson Chevrolet denied that Plaintiff had suffered any damages and that Ms. Hays failed to mitigate her damages. Plaintiff demanded $32,000 pre-trial. Read more…

July 2004 Finamore v. Galpin Motors, Ford Motor Company - Jury Trial - Defense Verdict – Plaintiff demanded $65,000 including rescission and attorney’s fees. Defense offered $2,500. Read more…

September 2002 Tucker v. Martin Chevrolet - Jury Trial – Defense Verdict – Plaintiff, Tucker purchased a used 1998 Chevrolet 1500 truck from Martin Chevrolet. Mr. Tucker alleged that the car had various mechanical issues and that GMC and Martin Chevrolet breached various express and implied warranties to him.  He sued General Motors Corporation and Martin Chevrolet under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act.  Defendants denied Plaintiff’s allegations. More info