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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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Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Recent Cases |

$2.3 million attorneys’ fees dispute dismissed in favor of former client and substituting attorneys

In February of 2015 two of our attorneys, Bob Baker and Derrick Lowe, finally brought a long-standing dispute over attorneys’ fees to an end in favor of the substituting attorneys, DeWitt Algorri & Algorri and Maryam Parman, and the client, Marvin Vindel. Ardeshir Majlessi, Mr. Vindel’s former attorney, claimed that he was entitled to a percentage of the $4.75 million settlement that the substituting attorneys obtained on behalf of Mr. Vindel after they replaced Mr. Majlessi as Mr. Vindel’s attorneys. Mr. Majlessi ultimately brought lawsuits against both the attorneys and client on the theory that he was entitled to half of that settlement recovery. Our clients disagreed and after we obtained a ruling forcing Mr. Majlessi to dismiss his claims against the substituting attorneys in November of 2014, the case was finally brought to a close when we obtained a permanent dismissal of the entire dispute in exchange for a waiver of costs on behalf of the substituting attorneys and Mr. Vindel, with no damages paid by either...

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Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Recent Cases |

Long-standing dispute over JPA coverage settles in favor of defendant JPA

After nearly ten years of litigation and repeated successes at both the state and federal level, in September of 2013 our attorneys, led by Bob Baker, finally brought to an end the longstanding dispute between an elementary school district and our client, a joint powers authority (“JPA”) of which the school district was a member.  Over the course of this litigation, the school district insisted that the JPA failed to provide the promised coverage while the JPA maintained that it fulfilled all of its obligations. Upon reaching arbitration, the case ultimately settled in exchange for a waiver of costs, with no monies owed or ever paid to the school...

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Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Recent Cases |

Arbitration finds in favor of defense in legal malpractice case arising out of employee stock ownership plan

Plaintiffs in this matter argued that their attorney committed malpractice while providing them advice and guidance in the formation of an employee stock ownership plan.  The business entities involved with operating the ESOP filed suit against Plaintiffs’ attorney as well, blaming any of Plaintiffs’ injuries on the attorney as well.  Baker, Keener & Nahra represented the defendant attorney and contended that there had been no wrongdoing on his part.  In October of 2013, after numerous motions and a lengthy arbitration, the arbitrator agreed and found no liability on the part of our client.  Additionally, the arbitrator also awarded our client a substantial award of attorney fees and costs based on the claims brought against him by the business...

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Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Recent Cases |

Unanimous jury awards $128.6 million verdict for contract dispute over Kings County property

Baker, Keener & Nahra represented the plaintiff land developers in this contract dispute over approximately thirty-four square miles of agricultural land and its associated water rights.  Plaintiffs contended that they entered into a contract to purchase the property but before the deal could be closed, defendant McCarthy Family Farms breached the contract and Sandridge interfered with the contract.  On March 31, 2014, after a two month trial up in Kings County, the jury unanimously agreed and ordered defendants to pay $73.4 million in compensatory damages and $55.21 million in punitive damages, for a total of award of $128.6 million.  Phil Baker, a partner with Baker, Keener & Nahra and lead trial attorney for this matter, said of the case: “The need and greed involving water will compel people to ignore a contract or interfere with the contractual rights of others.  This jury righted those wrongs.”  The $128.6 million verdict is the largest California verdicts so far in 2014 and is one of the largest verdicts to-date for Kings...

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Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Recent Cases |

Jury returns defense verdict against medical battery claim seeking $3.8 million in damages

The plaintiff in this case sought $3.8 million in damages and alleged that, during an operation to remove and test a cyst, her doctor performed a medical procedure that was substantially different from the procedure she consented to and that she was injured as a result.  However, after our attorneys Mike Bailey and Brenda Benson finished presenting the defense of their clients to the jury, by proving to them that the procedures fell within the consent given by the plaintiff, it quickly became apparent that the jury agreed with them and after only two hours of deliberation returned a defense verdict in favor of our...

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