Breach of Contract

Fee dispute between law firm and client results in counter-claim; $146K. Orange County.

Law firm sues for its fees; client countersues firm for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.

  • Case Name: Bohm Wildish, LLP v. Teresa Roebuck in her capacity as trustee of the Shell Beach Trust Settlement
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Breach of contract, fraud claimed in sale of surfboard company. $4.6M. Orange County

Sale of well-known surfboard company doesn't go as planned.

  • Case Name: Todd Greco, et al. v. Randy Cecola, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, May 30, 2019

Remodeling breaches restaurant lease. San Diego County.

Burger King restaurant owners remodel the building without landlord's consent.

  • Case Name: 6401 Balboa Avenue, LLC v California Food Management, LLC dba Burger King Store #736
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, June 01, 2018

E-wallet company says credit card processor defrauded it.

E-wallet company says credit card processor failed to pay millions owed.

  • Case Name: MH Pillars, Ltd. v. Payment World, LLC, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 02, 2018
  • Wednesday, 02 May 2018

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