Trial Attorneys

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Recent Cases |

Jury finds in favor of all defendants in ladder defect case

On January 11, 2019, BKN attorney Ken Spencer obtained a jury verdict in Federal District Court on behalf of our clients, a ladder manufacturer and ladder retailer. In this case, the plaintiff claimed our clients were liable for alleged defects in the manufacture and design of a ladder that was involved in plaintiff’s injuries. However, the jury ultimately disagreed with plaintiff, who had sought $200,000 in damages, and found entirely in favor of our clients for a complete defense...

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in Recent Cases |

Defense verdict in wrongful death lawsuit

Earlier this month, attorney Robert Baker obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of our clients in a wrongful death action brought against them by the family of a woman who died after a drug overdose. The jury, rendering its verdict after several days of careful deliberation, agreed that our clients were not responsible for her death and brought to a close a lawsuit that has been hard fought since it was first filed in...

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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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