Results: Premises Liability
Darla L. v. Southland LLC
In April 2000, Klein & Wilson won a verdict of $2.25 million in a premises liability action stemming from a sexual assault of a tenant of a residential apartment complex. This was one of the largest verdicts of its kind in California.
Doe v. Roe Mall
In 2000, Klein & Wilson represented a 37-year-old man who slipped and fell in a shopping mall. The man suffered a severely broken leg, two surgeries, and a disputed loss of wages. The case was settled prior to trial for $290,000.
Turley v. Steaven Jones Development
Klein & Wilson's client broke her wrist after tripping over stairs which were not constructed pursuant to California Building Code requirements. Defendants vehemently denied liability and refused to pay anything. At arbitration, Klein & Wilson's client was awarded almost $200,000.
Wilson v. Jefferson Hotel
Mr. Wilson represented plaintiff in an action against the world famous Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C. Mr. Wilson's client had one of her fingers partially amputated when a defective window fell on it. The hotel denied liability. Mr. Wilson obtained a videotape reenacting the accident, proving the window malfunctioned. The hotel refused to pay anything. At arbitration, Mr. Wilson's client recovered $115,000.
Gutierrez v. Norris Cylinder
This case involved a nationally reported tragic accident where two Metrorail workers were seriously burned and another worker seriously injured when an acetylene tank manufactured by Klein & Wilson's client exploded. Klein & Wilson retained the world's leading expert on acetylene cylinders and presented a case indicating that other defendants and the plaintiffs themselves were primarily responsible for the accident. Recognizing damages could easily exceed $20 million, Klein & Wilson conducted mock trials and learned that ordinary jurors would hold other defendants responsible for the accident, not Klein & Wilson's client. Armed with these mock trials, Klein & Wilson entered into an imaginative "Mary Carter" settlement with plaintiffs, which allowed Klein & Wilson's client to settle the case for less than the costs of defense. The remaining defendants went to trial and ultimately paid plaintiffs approximately $15 million.
Turner v. Century Insulation, et al.
Klein & Wilson represented two subcontractors in a case where the plaintiff sought over $1 million for an injury he said left him permanently disabled. The court dismissed both of Klein & Wilson's clients from the case after Klein & Wilson proved the plaintiff filed his claim beyond the two year statute of limitations.