Trial Attorneys

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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Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Recent Cases |

$60.2 million verdict awarded in trial over investor fraud and breach of contract allegations

In 2000, the defendants in this matter fraudulently sold our client an ownership interest in their company in exchange for over what would ultimately be over $635,000 in investments. After taking his money, however, they proceeded to cut him out of the promised ownership interest, refused to give him his agreed-upon salary, and breached payment on numerous promissory notes. Subsequently, they closed up the company and over the subsequent years proceeded to play a complex shell game, constantly shifting the money – and our client’s investments – into one new company after another, all in order to hide their ill-gotten gains and prevent our client from ever recovering on his investment. On August 12, 2016, however, the defendants were finally brought to justice. After years of work by our attorneys Laurence Osborn and Robert Baker to unravel defendants’ fraudulent activities and fight through their obstructive litigation tactics, the trial court completely rejected the defendants’ attempts to hide behind their shell companies and awarded our client a verdict of $60,282,000.00,...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Recent Cases |

$530,000 award obtained in arbitration for breach of settlement agreement

In October of 2015, attorneys Phil Baker and Dan Leonard secured an award of over $530,000 at an arbitration before the Honorable Charles S. Vogel (Ret.) in a contract dispute over performance of a settlement agreement between former partners. The arbitrator rejected Respondents’ attempts to disturb the terms of the settlement agreement and found the agreement fully enforceable, including payment of interest and actual attorneys’ fees and costs in addition to the $530,401.16 awarded to our...

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Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Recent Cases |

Over $1.2 million collected on behalf of injured victims in trio of settlements

In a trio of cases between April and June of 2015, attorneys from Baker, Keener & Nahra collected over $1.2 million in settlements on behalf of injured victims: $500,000 settlement for prescription drug overdose In April of 2015, attorneys Robert Baker and Ken Spencer secured a $500,000 settlement on behalf of a 23 year-old college student who suffered a prescription drug overdose caused by a pharmacy error. The overdose resulted in significant injuries, income loss and life disruption. The defense experts disputed the nature and extent of the claimed injures; however, several weeks before trial the case was settled for a favorable sum after protracted negotiations and despite the statutory limitations on damages. $400,000 settlement on behalf of retired music agent In May of 2015, attorney Ken Spencer secured a $400,000 settlement on behalf of a 72 year-old retired music agent for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. The client was rear-ended by a negligent driver who precipitated a chain reaction...

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in Recent Cases |

Defense verdict for hospital client on plaintiff’s professional negligence claim for pressure ulcer development.

The plaintiff, an 85-year old woman, sued our hospital client for the development of a pressure ulcer while she was being treated for a number of life threatening issues and claimed that the standard of care had been violated. This case was first filed in March of 2013 and after our attorneys gradually eliminated the causes of action for negligent infliction of emotional distress, elder abuse and willful misconduct, plaintiff presented only a single cause of action for professional negligence at trial. After hearing attorneys John Nahra and Brenda Benson present the hospital’s defense, however, today the jury unanimously disagreed with plaintiff’s negligence claim and returned a complete defense verdict in favor of our...

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Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Recent Cases |

$2.1 million judgment obtained on behalf of school district for breach of contract and fraud claims

In March of 2015, Bob Baker, in collaboration with R. Jeffrey Neer and David E. Kenney, obtained a $2,171,609 judgment on behalf of the Montebello Unified School District (“MUSD”) in its claims against Fitness Profile, Inc. and Dennis Windscheffel (“Defendants”). This case arose out of the administration of after-school programs at three high schools within MUSD. MUSD claimed that the Defendants failed to provide promised services, siphoned off money for their own personal use and then engaged in fraudulent activity to cover up this misconduct by manipulating records. In the bench trial, the judge agreed with MUSD’s claims and, in addition to the award of damages and punitive damages resulting in the $2,171,609 judgment, also ordered an award of costs and attorneys’ fees in favor of...

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