$4.9 Billion Anderson v General Motors
Defective Products Largest Individual Products Liability Verdict in History Christine Spagnoli was integral member of trial team which achieved verdict for clients arising from exploding Defective Gas Tank Resulting in wrongful death and Severe Burn Injuries
$3.3 Billion Los Angeles County vs. Tobacco Company
Tobacco industry case
$78 Million Castillo v. Quality Shoring and Scaffold, Inc. (lead case)
Industrial Injuries Twelve plaintiffs filed suit for an October 2001 roof collapse construction accident. In that accident, some clients plunged 6-stories into a tank filled with rebar, metal and wet concrete, while others were left clinging to rebar, suspended 50 feet above the ground until they were rescued.
$73 Million Million Verdict Against Ford Motor Company
Auto Defect A Sacramento jury found Ford Motor Company responsible to the victims of a rollover crash involving a Ford E350 15 passenger van that experienced a tread separation. The jury found that the 15 passenger vans were dangerously defective and susceptible to loss of control from a tread separation. The jury also determined that Ford had information from its tire supplier, Goodyear, about defective tires that had been installed on the vans, but failed to provide information to owners of the 15 Passenger Vans that the defective Goodyear tires needed to be replaced. The jury's award included $50 million in punitive damages in addition to $23 million in compensatory damages to the victims of the crash. Greene, Broillet & Wheeler partner Christine Spagnoli represented the family of driver Bill Brownell and injured passenger Alex Bessonov. Sacramento attorney Roger Dreyer, of the Dreyer, Babich, Buccola and Wood firm represented Tony Mauro's widow, Susan Mauro and their children Cody and Michael Mauro.
$58 Million Griggs v West-Pac Industries and Tool Exchange
Defective Products Christine Spagnoli was one of lead trial counsel that obtained verdict for client arising from defective equipment design resulting in severe burn injury
$55 Million Andrews v. Marriott
Business Litigation GB&W partners Bruce Broillet, Scott Carr and Tobin Lanzetta, along with Associate Molly McKibben and Co-Counsel Randall Kinnard obtained a landmark $55 million verdict for FOX Sports reporter and TV personality Erin Andrews in her case against the Nashville Marriott hotel for its misconduct.
$45.6 Million Charterhouse vs. Law Firm
Legal Malpractice Legal malpractice, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty case involving concealment of conflict of interest in real estate transaction. Confidential settlement reached before punitive damage phase.
$33 Million Dr. Angelo Gousse vs. Budget Rent-A-Car and City of Los Angeles/LAPD
Civil Rights Switched license plates led to traffic stop and subsequent police misconduct that caused permanent injuries to Miami surgeon.
$32.5 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Defendant
Personal Injury Passenger in vehicle which was struck by another vehicle causing catastrophic intestinal injuries including loss of function of most of the digestive track.
$32.5 Million Gorne vs. Bus Company
Auto Accident Auto accident case.
$36.1 Million Sanchez v. County of San Bernardino
Motor Vehicle Injury A young girl hit by a car while running across the street for her school bus. The jury found that the bus driver and bus company were negligent for not reporting an intersection that they knew was dangerous.
$32.5 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Corporation
Motor Vehicle Injury Passenger in vehicle which was struck by another vehicle causing catastrophic intestinal injuries including loss of function of most of digestive track.
$25.9 Million Jury Verdict in Deadly Church Van Rollover Trial
Auto Defect As co-lead trial counsel, Christine Spagnoli obtained a $25.9 million jury verdict against Ford Motor Company and the First Baptist Church of New Port Richey for the wrongful death of a 44-year-old wife and mother of four. Michalanne Salliotte died on February 21, 2014 when a church van full of people heading to a youth camp in Georgia crashed in North Florida. Two people, including Salliotte, died and eight other people suffered injuries. While heading north on Interstate 75 in Lake City, the tread separated from the left rear tire, causing the 2002 E-350 Ford to rollover, ejecting four people. Salliotte’s surviving husband, Jeff, and their four children sued Ford for defectively designing its vehicle with an extra row of seats without dual rear tires, making the van unstable and susceptible to loss of control. Michalanne, who was unbelted, was ejected in the rollover. The plaintiffs claimed that the seatbelts were defectively designed and were inaccessible because the buckles fell under the bench seats. The attorneys also argued that the First Baptist Church negligently maintained the van and had a responsibility to ensure that the seatbelts were accessible to van occupants.
$25 Million McGee vs. The City of Alameda
Construction Injury Construction worker hit an underground energized electrical line while using a drill at a construction site, causing him severe electrical injuries that resulted in third degree burns to over 20 percent of his body, several amputations
$22 Million Pogosyan vs. Southern California Rapid Transit District
Motor Vehicle Injury Personal Injuries caused by police pursuit.
$21 Million Kimball v. Southern California Edison
Burn Injuries Powerline placement caused severe burns, shock and amputation.
$20.7 Million Doe vs. Doe
Sexual assault of college student
Tire Defects Defective Tire Design resulting in paraplegia
Burn Injuries Negligence involving Power Lines resulting in amputation and burn injury
$16.1 Million Garcia v Quality Shoring
Construction Injury Construction Accident/Defective Scaffold resulting in brain damage and orthopedic injuries
Vehicle Accidents Defective Tire Design Resulting in Wrongful Death
$14.4 Million Pascua/White v Industrial Asphalt
Personal Injury Negligence arising from improper truck maintenance resulting in multiple wrongful deaths
$13.8 Million Garcia v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Head Injury Joseph Garcia was a 56-year old unemployed passenger on an LACMTA bus, when that bus struck a parked car transportation carrier. Mr. Garcia was thrown around the interior of the bus and suffered a subdural hematoma resulting in severe brain damage and hemiplegia of his left side.
$12 Million Chae v Kim
Business Law Lottery winner recovers full value of stolen ticket
Wrongful Death Negligence resulting in brain injury
$11.3 Million Humanicom v National Capital
Business Litigation Fraudulent Stock purchase and loan resulting in loss of stock
$10.4 Million Holman v Ocwen Financial Corporation
Business Litigation Breach of Contract and fraud
$10 Million Dylan Holler v. Uesugi Farms
Tractor Trailor Accident A 16-year-old high school student was driving to school when a tractor trailer crossed over into the oncoming lane, hitting the student's Jeep resulting in life altering injuries.
$10 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Corporation
Child Injuries Plaintiff was severely brain injured in an automobile accident when the auto driven by her mother was broadsided by an oncoming vehicle. The mother was using a cell phone and speaking with her employer at the time of the collision. The plaintiff had to re-establish that her mother was in the course and scope of her employment at the time of the accident.
Child Injuries Defective Child Booster Seat Design resulting in severe brain injury
Premises Liability Dangerous Condition of Public Property resulting in brain injury
$9.6 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Law Firm
Legal Malpractice Legal malpractice against attorneys who negligently prepared and tried a special education /brain injury action against a government entity.
$9 Million Weidenaar v State of California
Spinal Cord Injuries Highway Design case involving failure to adequately guard center median "drop-off" area, resulting in spinal cord injuries to 33 year old man.
$8.8 Million Brezovec v State of California
Premises Liability Motor Vehicle Accident resulting in severe brain injury
$8.6 Million Rodriguez vs. Doe Trucking
Wrongful Death At 4:30 a.m. on February 1, 2016, Plaintiff Marie Coronel and her cameraman were sent by her studio, KGTV Chanel 10 News, to prepare a news report on the aftermath of a severe storm that had passed through San Diego the previous day. Arriving at the Quest Property, Plaintiff found four very large, downed eucalyptus trees. While preparing for the 5:00 a.m. news report, a fifth eucalyptus tree fell on her, causing severe injuries. Discovery revealed that the HOA knew the dangers posed by trees on its property.
$8.15 Million Quezda v Motor Coach Industries
Auto Accident Negligent Operation of School Bus resulting in wrongful death
$8 Million Farraj v. Gurinder Ruby and Circle K Stores, Inc
Business Law Lottery winner recovers full value of stolen ticket and related damages
$8 Million Doe City v Doe Law Firm
Legal Malpractice Legal malpractice action involving the failure to adequately prepare transactional documents on behalf of Government Entity.
$7.8 Million Bartoli v. Hanson
Defective Products Young worker's leg was amputated by defectively designed and manufactured floating rock grinding machine.
Defective Products Defective Equipment Design resulting in crush injury
$7.675 Million Tartakoff v City of Los Angeles
Premises Liability Claim: Reckless Police Pursuit resulting in paraplegia
$7.5 Million Los Angeles Metro Bus
Commercial Vehicle Accidents GBW’s former clients share their story of heartbreak and hope on The TODAY Show after their car collided with a Los Angeles Metro Bus. Attorney Geoff Wells obtained a $7.5 million settlement on behalf of the plaintiff who suffered life-threatening injuries.
$7 Million Cueto v Braun
Head Injury Tractor Trailer vs. Automobile collision resulting in the amputation of the left arm and Traumatic Brain Injury to 47 year old man.
$6.75 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Insurance Co.
Insurance Bad Faith Insurance bad faith denial of defense and indemnification in property damage claim.
$6.7 Million Lattanzi v City of Los Angeles
Spinal Cord Injuries Premises Liability case involving a bicycle rider who fell over an unguarded curb and retaining wall when he stopped to rest. Mr. Lattanzi sustained injuries resulting in paraplegia.
Burn Injuries Negligence involving Overhead Power Lines and resulting in burn injury
$6.4 Million Ogden v Hamm Brothers Construction
Workplace Injuries Construction Negligence resulting in brain injury
$6 Million Hawkins v. City of Anaheim
Burn Injury While painting the side of a building from a roof, a 31-year-old painter used a 12-foot aluminum pole. The pole contacted a 12,000-volt overhead power line, causing massive injuries and severe third degree thermal burns to 60 percent of the man's body. Settlements reached with the city, building owner and manufacturer of the extension pole.
Defective Products Defective Seat Back Design resulting in brain injury
Workplace Injuries Construction Accident/Defective Scaffold resulting in severe Orthopedic injuries
Legal Malpractice Legal Malpractice involving Intellectual Property
$5.6 Million Cellamare v Laidlaw
Auto Accident Bus v. Pedestrian Accident resulting in severe orthopedic injuries
$5.5 Million Garay v. Flynn
Head Injury Motorcycle lost traction when it encountered roadway which was flooded due to improper pumping of hotel pool water onto the street. 32 year old woman sustained brain injury.
$5.5 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Manufacturer
Defective Products Man received brain injury when morphine pump malfunctioned and caused entire contents of pump to dispense into plaintiff's body.
Premises Liability Reckless Police Pursuit resulting in brain injury
$5.3 Million Gutierrez v Isuzu
Vehicle Accidents Defective Auto Design resulting in leg amputation and brain injury
$5.2 Million Doe Individual v. Doe University Fraternity House Settlement
Burn Injuries A university student was severely burned when fellow fraternity members threw a firecracker into the fraternity house room where he was sleeping.
$2.2 Million Coronel vs. Quest Homeowner's Association
Premises Liability At 4:30 a.m. on February 1, 2016, Plaintiff Marie Coronel and her cameraman were sent by her studio, KGTV Chanel 10 News, to prepare a news report on the aftermath of a severe storm that had passed through San Diego the previous day. Arriving at the Quest Property, Plaintiff found four very large, downed eucalyptus trees. While preparing for the 5:00 a.m. news report, a fifth eucalyptus tree fell on her, causing severe injuries. Discovery revealed that the HOA knew the dangers posed by trees on its property. The trucking company did not have adequate insurance to cover the multiple claims against it. However, utilizing the law requiring that multiple other motor carriers in the chain of distribution had a non-delegable duty to transport the subject load safely, GB&W was able to obtain a full recovery in this tragedy for the Rodriguez family.
Conf Keeshen v Fox Television
Business Litigation Animator and Director was not properly compensated for role in creation of pitch presentation pilot for television show "Family Guy."
Conf Gabor v. Beverly Hills Police Department
Business Litigation Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor matter with the Beverly Hills Police department.
Conf Bethea v Burnett
Action relating to claims that defendants improperly used plaintiff's idea and concept for the reality television series "The Apprentice."
$5.14 Million Doe Individual v. Doe City
Head Injury Mother was hit by an on-duty police officer and ejected from her vehicle. She received severe brain injury from the incident.
Premises Liability Dangerous Condition of Public Property/Negligence resulting in brain injury
$5 Million Doe v. Doe Trucking Company
Wrongful Death Passenger in Truck was killed when driver lost control and rolled down embankment into traffic lanes.
$5 Million Choi v. State of California
Disability A young homemaker and mother suffered serious head trauma while a passenger in a car that was struck by a Caltrans vehicle.
$4.9 Million Avalos v. Calexico Hospital
Child Injuries Brain damage birth injury as a result of anoxia caused by vaginal delivery of breech birth.
$4.9 Million Ricks v. Pharaoh’s Lost Kingdom Amusement Park
Personal Injury Personal injury on a Ferris wheel amusement park ride
$4.5 Million Doe v. Doe Restaurant
Burn Injuries Man fell into open fire pit on bar patio sustaining severe burn injuries.
$4.5 Million Grill v. City of Los Angeles
Head Injuries Collision at Los Angeles Airport involving a police vehicle and an airline tug.
$4.5 Million Teraberanyans v. Browning-Ferris Industries
Wrongful Death Browning-Ferris Industries recycling truck jumped over the median and collided head on, killing a 34-year-old husband and father.
$4.1 Million Valdivia v. St. Jude's Academy
Child Injuries San Diego school held responsible for defective playground swing that led to a 12-year-old child's head injury.
$3.7 Million Scholz v. State of California
Wrongful Death Road design case against the State of California for the death of a young boy and the loss of a leg to his father. They were riding on a motorcycle when a driver crossed the center median and struck them.
$3.67 Million Damron v. Laidlaw
Head Injuries Plaintiff severely injured after a school bus, operated by a private contractor, failed to yield to oncoming traffic. Injury to brain, facial paralysis, fractured hip and multiple other personal injuries were sustained.
$3.65 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Corporation
Workplace Injuries Worker at loading dock was pinned and his pelvis crushed when a truck pulling away from the area trapped him against commercial refuse containers.
$3.5 Million Hodges v. State of California
Personal Injury A father and his two sons sustained severe spinal and multiple injuries as a result of a multi-vehicle automobile accident caused by a drunken off-duty CHP officer returning from a CHP party.
$3.4 Million Kinder v. San Diego Trolley
Mass Transit Accident The San Diego trolley system is designed so as to force patrons to jump through the trolley cars in order to catch the trolley on the opposite side of the tracks. While "couple jumping" onto a moving trolley, our client sustained serious injuries.
$3.3 Million Murillo v. U.S.A. (Border Patrol)
Wrongful Death Award to two families whose children were struck and killed by vehicle improperly chased by Border Patrol. Largest verdict against Border Patrol.
$3.2 Million Staley v. Metropolitan Transit Authority
Head Injuries Twenty-one year old pedestrian, a UCLA graduate student, suffered traumatic brain injuries after being struck by MTA bus.
$3 Million Doe v Doe Law Firm
Legal Malpractice Transactional Legal Malpractice relating to the sale of plaintiff's business.
$3 Million Doe Family v. Doe Corporation
Product Liability A products liability action involving tire tread separation that caused a passenger van to roll over. The crash resulted in the death of two Philippine immigrants.
$3 Million Macchia v. Synergy Cargo Logistics
Product Liability Wrongful death of two unrestrained, elderly parents of driver, who was also unrestrained and seriously injured. The defendant trucking company's negligence resulted in a 3,000 lb. converter gear detaching on the 605 freeway. The plaintiffs' vehicle struck the object.
$3 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Insurance Co.
Denial of disability benefits by insurer.
$3 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Company
Personal Injury Industrial accident involving a brake failure on a loader causing orthopedic injuries to the victim.
$3 Million Hernandez v. County of Los Angeles
Wrongful Death Wrongful death case of Randy Hernandez brought by his 2 year old daughter. Randy Hernandez's vehicle was disabled on the 110 freeway when he was struck and killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy. Randy was not living with his daughter at the time of his death and the County improperly attempted to shift all the blame on to Randy for his death and tried to improperly highlight his past use of prescription marijuana. The jury found Randy to be 0% at fault for his death.
$3 Million Doe Individuals v. Doe Law Firm
Legal Malpractice Legal malpractice action involving violation of statute of limitations on an underlying wrongful termination action.
$2.9 Million Laurutis v. RPS, Inc.
Workplace Injuries 50-year-old male sustained multiple fractures when thrown from a crane. Subcontractor was found negligent; he failed to warn plaintiff of increased load.
$2.9 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Insurance Co.
Disability Plaintiff doctor denied disability benefits by insurer.
$2.75 Million Doe Individual v. John Doe Corporation
Defective Products Woman received severe burns after the arc of an electric blanket ignited a fire in the house.
$2.7 Million McKinzie v. Timely Transportation
Motor Vehicle Injuries Decedent Bruce McKinzie pulled over on the shoulder of the road, two feet north of the fog line, approximately 30 miles west of Blythe, CA. He was attempting to tie down a loose tarp on his flatbed trailer when he was struck by defendant Mitchell Lee Kirkwood who was employed by defendant Timely Transportation, Inc. and driving a conventional freightliner. Bruce McKinzie died at the scene.
$2.6 Million Mehdipour v. City of Santa Monica
Motor Vehicle Accident 80 year old man who was trying to catch a bus had his left arm run over resulting in amputation.
$2.6 Million Mendoza v. Ray's Auto Repair
Wrongful Death Wrongful death of 72-year-old husband, and father of 12 children, due to negligent repair of transmission of 1976 Ford pickup which jumped gears from park to reverse.
$2.5 Million Linares v. General Motors
Auto Accident GM found negligent of failure to warn after plaintiff, a furniture mover, suffered severe burns when his supervisor attempted to re-start the vehicle by priming the carburetor with gasoline.
$2.5 Million Whetstone v. Schlumberger
Wrongful Death Wrongful death of college student who crashed on highway after hitting a metal object that fell off the defendant's trailer.
$2.5 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Corporation
Wrongful Death Wrongful death action brought by spouse after her husband was killed. Defendant's employee fell asleep while driving, crossed the center line on US 395, and collided head on with decedent.
$2.5 Million Colmanares v. Doe Corporation
Auto Accident Wrongful death of two minor children, ages 13 and 15, burned to death in a pick up truck which burst into flames as the result of a defectively designed filler neck and gas cap.
Personal Injury Route driver struck individual in unmarked crosswalk. Plaintiff suffered orthopedic injuries.
Wrongful Death Minor automobile collision resulting in heart attack and the death of the celebrity.
$2.4 Million Doe Family v. Doe Corporation
Product Liability A woman was burned when the gas dryer placed on the ground in her garage caused the ignition of flammable vapors.
$2.4 Million Doe v Doe Crane
Workplace Injuries Worker helping lower cement sewer cone when it broke loose causing a fractured pelvis.
$2.4 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Corporation
Burn Injury A woman was severely burned when the gas dryer placed on the ground in her garage caused the ignition of flammable vapors.
$2.3 Million Doe v Doe Bicycle
Product Liability Seat Clip broke while man was riding his bicycle causing head and neck injuries.
$2.3 Million Maxcy v. Home Depot
Personal Injury Man struck by electric pallet jack driven by Home Depot employee while unloading truck at store. Damage sustained exacerbated prior lower back injury.
$2.25 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Corporation
Wrongful Death An immigrant security guard was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by an underage female as he was guarding a construction site.
$2.2 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Law Firm
Legal Malpractice Legal malpractice action against attorneys who negligently advised doctor as to his liability and exposure in fraud lawsuit against him and others by shareholders of a corporation.
Business Litigation Accounting Malpractice
$2.1 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Cable Company
$2.1 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Celebrity
Head Injuries Celebrity driver struck woman in crosswalk causing orthopedic and closed head injuries.
$2 Million Steichen v. City of Santa Monica
Municipal Liability Wrongful death of a 64-year-old woman who was struck at an intersection by a City of Santa Monica police vehicle that was allegedly responding to an "officer needs assistance" call.
$2 Million Luu v. Doe Corporation
Auto Accident Action against automaker for defective filler neck system and inadequate welds of unibody frame resulting in severe burn injuries to occupant.
$1.9 Million Torchia v LA County Metropolitan Transportation
Personal Injury MTA Bus sideswiped motorcycle causing clutch handle to break off resulting in collision which caused orthopedic injuries to 50 year old male.
$1.9 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Film Company
burn injuries Actress sustained third degree burn injuries to her face and body while performing fire-breathing stunt during movie audition. Settlement reached after plaintiff won verdict on liability.
$1.75 Million Doe Individual v. Doe Corporation
Workplace Injuries Thirty-six-year-old refinery worker burned when pressurized liquid escaped from a negligently designed coker at an oil refinery in Torrance. $1.75 million during trial
$1.75 Million Younger v. Foster Wheeler
Burn Injury Thirty-six year old refinery worker was severely burned when pressurized liquid escaped from a negligently designed coker at an oil refinery in Torrance.
$1.5 Million Perez v. MTA
Motor Vehicle Accident Thirty-five-year-old woman struck by bus.
$1.15 Million JoAnn MacKenzie v. A-List Limousine Services, LLC
Personal Injury 48-year-old woman suffered injuries to two discs in her spine after a limo driver recklessly tried to cross seven lanes of traffic, triggering a crash.