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Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Recent Cases |

Closing Thoughts For 2018

Closing Thoughts For 2018

This year has been filled with trials and tragedies reflecting humanity at its worst, just as it has been filled with many moments of self-sacrifice and love reflecting humanity at its best.  Despite the many challenges that our nation and our world have faced this year, and the many they will face in years to come, it’s important to keep things in perspective. For example, a prominent medieval historian recently opined that the 6th century was probably the worst time to be alive – beating out 1918 when the flu killed 50-100 million people and 1349 when the Black Death wiped out half of Europe – when not one, but three massive volcanic eruptions blocked out sunlight for years and the bubonic plague struck the Roman empire, the heart of civilization at the time.  And yet, despite all of the literal darkness, death, and destruction of that century, humanity lived on. It is easy to think that the challenges we face today are insurmountable, but when we look to...

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Recent Cases |

Motion for summary judgment granted in favor of defendant insurer

Attorneys Robert Baker and Derrick Lowe successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of an insurance company represented by Baker, Keener & Nahra in a bad faith lawsuit seeking over $5 million in damages in Ventura County.  Subsequent efforts by opposing counsel to challenge the grant of summary judgment were defeated and the trial court granted our client the right to recover all of the costs incurred in the...

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Recent Cases |

Defense verdict on insurance bad faith claim

Attorneys Bob Baker and Derrick Lowe, representing a large automotive insurance company and an insurance brokerage, successfully defended a bad faith claim asserted by a plaintiff in response to the rescission of his automobile insurance policy. In a week-long bench trial in Palm Springs, the judge agreed with our clients’ position that the plaintiff made several material misrepresentations during his application for insurance – including a failure to disclose the business use of his vehicle and lying about the garaging location of his vehicle – and concluded that our client had the absolute right to rescind the policy in view of these misrepresentations. For these reasons, the judge dismissed plaintiff’s claims that the insurance contract had been breached and that there had been any bad faith on the part of our...

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Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Recent Cases |

Verdict for defendant law firms on motion for non-suit

Attorneys Bob Baker and Derrick Lowe recently represented two defendant law firms in a lawsuit where a treating physician and his business entities sued them for an alleged failure to pay an outstanding medical lien. Subsequent to the presentation of plaintiffs’ case, a motion for non-suit was successfully filed on behalf of the defendants on a number of grounds, including the absence of an enforceable lien. The Court granted the non-suit, bringing plaintiff’s case to a swift close, and granted a judgment enabling our clients to successfully recover many of their costs incurred in defending this...

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Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Recent Cases |

Defense verdict on medical negligence claim for spinal surgery.

Our client was sued over spine surgery performed on the plaintiff in 2009, alleging both negligence and fraud with respect to the surgery and follow-up visits. This case, originally filed in the middle of 2011, initially named two other doctors, both of which were dismissed after we successfully filed motions for summary judgment on their behalf. However, subsequently the case underwent numerous procedural twists and turns, including the filing of a parallel case, efforts to consolidate with the parallel case, and amendments to the complaint. Our attorneys, John Nahra and Brenda Benson, successfully navigated this long-standing case to trial this month, where the jury rejected all of plaintiff’s claims and returned a complete defense verdict in favor of our client, with the judge ordering plaintiff to pay for our client’s...

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2016 in Recent Cases |

$1.5 million settlement reached in insurance bad faith matter

Attorneys Robert Baker and Derrick Lowe represented a local school district in bringing a bad faith lawsuit against its insurance company for failure to pay for the cost to repair a water-damaged kindergarten building, despite the fact that the school district had specifically purchased an endorsement to cover such an event and despite the fact that coverage was required under the main policy as well. At mediation in this matter our attorneys made clear to the insurer that it had breached its duties to its insured, resulting in a $1.5 million dollar settlement with the insurance company that will allow the school district to effect all of the necessary repairs and to turn its attention back towards providing for the education of its...

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