Breach of Contract

Employment breach of contract claimed in settlement with terminated county employee. Defense verdict. Los Angeles County.

Long-time department of Probation Department employee claims pay and retirement benefits the county says he's not entitled to.

  • Case Name: Timothy Sturm v. County of Los Angeles Probation Department
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Verbal partnership agreement in cannabis business leads to dispute. $662K. Los Angeles County.

Partners in cannabis retail and growing operation dispute terms of verbal agreement after business improves and a buyer for the business is found.

  • Case Name: Matthew Dunn v. Terrence Mumford, Mr. T's Collective, LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Saturday, October 30, 2021

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and USC breach employment contract. $1.7M. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff scientist claims he was promised forgiveness of a $200,000 housing loan, which defendants reneged on.

  • Case Name: Richard Simerly v. Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Saturday, October 23, 2021
  • Saturday, 23 October 2021

Thai manufacturer sues California distributor of high-end scanners. Alter-ego issues. $310,000. Los Angeles County.

American distributor of high-tech equipment doesn't pay the Thai manufacturer.

  • Case Name: Atiz Innovation Company Limited v. Nicholas Warnock, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 10, 2021

Breach of care and negligence claimed in residential facility for elderly (RCFE). $2M. Los Angeles County.

Elderly Parkinson's patient, a man with a long and distinguished corporate career, receives care that violates Patient's Bill of Rights in residential care facility.

  • Case Name: Milton Glass et al v. Whills LLC, et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, November 14, 2019

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