Breach of Contract

Large apartment complex infested with bedbugs for years. $3.5M. Los Angeles County

Multiple tenants at large apartment complex claim bedbug infestations.

  • Case Name: Hsu et al. V. PLB Management LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Real estate investment partners blame each other when investment fizzles. $1.2 million. Orange County.

Partnership formed to both purchase and build properties goes south, partners sue each other.

  • Case Name: Samen v. Berkowitz
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Referral fee agreement becomes issue when plaintiff attorney refers wrongful death case; says he was screwed out of agreed fee. $78,000. San Joaquin County.

When plaintiff's attorney refers wrongful death case to well-known trial lawyer he later becomes a plaintiff himself; says written agreement on referral fee was breached.

  • Case Name: Reeve v. Meleyco
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

HMO provider group of physicians does not provide timely hand surgery. $7.2M. Los Angeles County.

Following a bad hand injury, plaintiff receives referral after referral through his HMO, but no timely surgery.



  • Case Name: Terry J. LaRue v. Health Net of California, Inc.; Accountable Health Care IPA, A Professional Medical Corporation; Roe physician, and Does 1 through 100, inclusive
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, May 04, 2017

Developer of "Viet Nam Town" in San Jose takes deposits but doesn't build. $3.13 million

Developer takes deposits to build mixed-use community and market to Vietnamese Americans in San Jose; declares bankruptcy before project is built.

  • Case Name: Del Piero, Bankruptcy Trustee, v. Lap Tang and Ha Ly
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Breach of contract, D&O insurance; bench verdict $442K. Los Angeles County.

Argument over D&O insurance coverage turns into law suit by board member against company.

  • Case Name: Tucker Taylor v. Llewellyn Werner
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Law firms dispute sharing of $12 million fee award in class action. Bench verdict for defense.

Business law firm suggests a class action and class representative to plaintiffs' class-action firm; expects split of $12 million fee award, but defendants say they cannot ethically pay it.

  • Case Name: Barnes, Crosby, Fitzgerald & Zeman, LLP v. Jerome Ringler; Ringler, Kearney & Alvarez, LLP; Patrick McNicholas; Matthew McNicholas; and McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Sunday, July 10, 2016

Koreatown coffee shop sale turns ugly. $400K bench verdict. Los Angeles County.

Minority partner in coffee shop says she was defrauded by the majority owners.

  • Case Name: Jang v. J.S.M. Heyri, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Breach of contract by multi-level marketing company. $6 million arbitration award.

Mutli-level marketer of financial/insurance products says company screwed him out of downstream earnings, improperly terminated his agreement after 16 years. 

  • Case Name: Artak Daldumyan v. World Financial Group, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 23, 2015
  • Friday, 06 November 2015

Breach of lending agreement, guarantor won't pay; $871,000. Los Angeles County.

Lender on accounts receivable (factor) goes after guarantor when business defaults on loan. 

  • Case Name: A-1 Business Products, Inc. v. Paul A. Wiebel
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lawyer, others promise home loan modifications. Fraud. $96K. Orange County.

A lawyer, now disbarred, and his associates offer home loan modification services, but don't perform after taking plaintiffs' money.

  • Case Name: Atilano Villalon et al. v. Gary Lee Lane, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Insurer refuses to pay $139K business burglary claim; $2.5 million verdict. Fresno County.

Insurer denies payment of claim for burglary of expensive equipment at bar/restaurant.

  • Case Name: Fresno Rock Taco, Zone Sports Center v. National Surety Corporation
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, August 22, 2014

Company fails to pay sales commissions and salary; $2.192 million bench verdict. Butte County.

Sales exec says he brought in business but did not get paid; employer goes bankrupt and plaintiff proceeds on alter ego theory against primary stockholder.

  • Case Name: Silvestro v. NLP International Corporation, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Breach of contract on construction site; $107,000 judgment includes costs, attorneys fees. Riverside County.

Excavation contractor says he was not permitted to finish the job.  Defendant says excavator failed to finish the job.

  • Case Name: Harmon v. Abdulzahra
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Plaintiff gives away a horse that becomes a champion, then wants it back. Defense. Los Angeles County.

A case of horse sense? Plaintiff gave away a barrel horse that she couldn't care for.  A professional barrel horse rider later bought it and the horse became a champion.  Plaintiff then wanted her horse back or payment for the horse.  Defense.

  • Case Name: Tammy Lowe v. John Growney, David Murdoch and Christy Colgate
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Sunday, May 12, 2013

Defense verdict in breach of contract claim involving sale of dental practice. San Francisco County.

Plaintiff claims breach of contract after buying defendant's periodontal practice. Jury finds for defense.

  • Case Name: Doina Panaite, DDS v. George K. Merijohn, DDS, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, December 18, 2012