Gruesome murder results in large punitive damages award following civil trial.
$30,000,000 combined for three plaintiffs.
$1,600,000 for Diana Kasian.
$10,000,000 for Estate.
The Simon Law Group by Thomas J. Conroy and Siannah Collado-Boutte, Hermosa Beach.
Law Offices of Jake D. Finkel by Jake D. Finkel, Los Angeles.
Defendant's attorney withdrew prior to trial.
Enrique Vega, vocational analysis.
Constantine Boukidis, forensic economics.
Wrongful death and survivorship action following the murder of plaintiffs' decedent, Iana Kasian, by defendant Blake Leibel, the father of Iana's newborn baby girl. Defendant was convicted of the criminal homicide in June 2018; the civil trial proceeded to verdict in 2019.
Iana Kasian was tortured, mutilated and ultimately killed by the defendant over the course of several hours, some time between May 24 and 26, 2016. The decedent's cause of death was ultimately ruled to be comprehensive exsanguination (complete loss of blood from the body). The evidence showed the decedent lived for a prolonged period of time after defendant began inflicting the gruesome trauma, and in fact fought back against her assailant, thus sustaining a compelling survivorship claim for the Estate of the decedent in addition to the wrongful death claim.