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    Amy Ringdahl et.al. vs. Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Inc. and Rafael Garcia

    $15,771,234

    On March 25, 2015, a San Diego Superior Court jury returned a verdict of $15,771,234 for the family of Eric Ringdahl, who was killed at age 45 while riding his bicycle in the bicycle lane in Carlsbad, California on Sunday, April 21, 2013. He was struck at 7:30 a.m. by a vehicle driven by Rafael Garcia. Mr. Garcia drifted into the bicycle lane, violently striking and killing Eric Ringdahl.

    Eric Ringdahl was the Director of Sales for North and South America for Cytori Therapeutics, Inc., a cell therapy biotech company. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Amy, and three children, Cole, 11, TyraSoleil, 10, and Cayman, 7.

    The verdict is the largest net verdict for a single family in San Diego history. A confidential settlement was reached with Alvarado Hospital before trial.

    Amy Ringdahl et.al. vs. Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Inc. and Rafael Garcia; San Diego Superior Court Case No. 37-2013-00074300-CU-PO-CTL.

    Henline vs. Jackson Towing

    Jackson Towing Paid $8,027,154 verdict

    Client was injured when she swerved to avoid a towing truck that started to change lanes. This caused her to lose control of her vehicle and hit the center median. Jackson Towing claimed that neither its truck nor any of its drivers were involved. The jury found otherwise and found negligence on the part of Jackson Towing.

    Pacific Landmark vs. San Diego Unified Port District

    Port of San Diego paid $11,325,880 settlement

    This lawsuit was brought on behalf of the owners and developers of the Marriott Hotel in San Diego for the delay in the construction of the San Diego Convention Center. The Convention Center was to be located next to the Marriott and its delay caused the hotel to lose business that it otherwise would have had if the Convention Center had been completed on time. The Port of San Diego paid $11,325,880 to settle the case. Other defendants, including the architects of the Convention Center, settled for confidential amounts.

    Acosta v. Industrial Asphalt

    The case settled for $7,830,000.

    In Acosta v. Industrial Asphalt, the plaintiff worker suffered serious injuries when he was partially run over by an asphalt truck that was backing up.

    Villalobos v. Toyota

    Settled for a confidential amount.

    A Toyota Land Cruiser rolled over after being struck by another vehicle, resulting in quadriplegia to the plaintiff. The case was settled for a confidential amount.

    Perlan Therapeutics Inc. v. NexBio, Inc.

    Collected $7,500,000 in settlement

    Fang asserted a cause of action for breach of contract, arguing that she was entitled to licensing fees and royalties. Defendants denied the allegations, claiming that the government grant and products in question had no relation to Fang and Yu's work at Perlan.

    Tradewell v. Chrysler.

    Settled for a confidential amount.

    This case involved the rollover of the Jeep CJ-7, resulting in brain injury to the plaintiff. The case was settled for a confidential amount.

    Confidential v. Western Trucking

    Settled for $7,500,000.

    The firm represented a woman who was walking near her home when she was struck by a tractor-trailer entering a construction site. Her legs were badly damaged, and was seriously injured. The truck driver claimed she walking in the middle of the street and must have fallen under his truck. The McClellan Law Firm sued the developer, general contractor, various subcontractors, and the driver on behalf of the woman and her husband. The case resulted in a $7,500,000 settlement.

    Gilbert v. Toyota

    Settled for a confidential amount.

    A rollover of a Toyota SUV resulted in partial paralysis to the plaintiff. The case was settled for a confidential amount.

    Miller v. Ford Motor Co.

    Settled for $6 million

    In Miller v. Ford Motor Co., the Miller family was out for a Sunday drive in its Ford Escort with 11-year-old twins James and Richard belted in the back seat. Another vehicle crossed over into their lane and hit the Millers' Escort head on. Because the rear seats were equipped with lap-only seat belts, James died at the scene and Richard was rendered paraplegic. Although Ford wanted a confidential settlement, the Miller family refused. Ford later settled for $6 million. Following the settlement, the Miller family lobbied for legislation that required all used car dealers to place a sticker on the window of any vehicle with lap-only seat belts warning consumers of the dangers of those restraints. The bill passed and is now California law.

    Henline v. Transport Indemnity Company

    Collected $5,250,000 in settlement

    In Henline v. Transport Indemnity Company, the insurance company with a $250,000 policy refused to pay a multi-million dollar judgment unless the plaintiff would release its insured. The McClellan Law Firm sued the insurance company and collected $5,250,000 in settlement.

    Cooley v. Ford Motor Company

    Settled for a confidential amount.

    A Ford Taurus went off the roadway and rolled over. The plaintiff was crushed by the roof, resulting in paralysis. The case was settled for a confidential amount.

    Aponte v. Mercedes Benz

    $5,200,000.00

    In Aponte v. Mercedes Benz, Christie Aponte was wearing a lap belt in the center rear seat of her father's Mercedes when the car was hit head on by another vehicle in Puerto Rico. Because she was wearing a lap belt only, Christie suffered catastrophic and paralyzing injuries. The McClellan Law Firm obtained a $5.2 million settlement on her behalf.

    Brehm v. Isuzu

    Settled for a confidential amount.

    A rollover and roof crush of an Isuzu Rodeo resulted in paralyzing injuries to the plaintiff. The case was settled for a confidential amount.

    Rudl v. Porsche

    Case Settled for $4,500,000.

    Corey Rudl was killed when riding as a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT, a $440,000 exotic “racecar for the streets.” The Porsche was not equipped with Electronic Stability Control. The McClellan Law Firm represented his wife and parents in their lawsuit against Porsche and the racetrack where the crash occurred, alleging the car was defectively designed and the racetrack was dangerously configured. The defendants paid $4,500,000 to settle the case.

    Cooley v. The State of Louisiana

    Louisiana settled the case for $2.5 million.

    In Cooley v. The State of Louisiana, a deceptive turn on a rural road with no shoulder or recovery area, caused serious injuries to the plaintiff when his vehicle rolled down into a field after leaving the road.

    Garrison v. Porsche

    $2,500,000.00

    Garrison v. Porsche , arose out of the death of a husband and father who was a passenger in a Turbo 930, when the driver lost control on a city street and went into oncoming traffic. The jury awarded $2.5 million, which was upheld on appeal. The 1983 award tied the verdict for the death of Audie Murphy, a war hero and actor, for the largest wrongful death verdict in the state of California. Following the Garrison verdict, Porsche started offering driver's training to the purchasers of its high-performance, turbo-charged vehicles.

    Tera Power Corporation vs. The State of California

    The case settled for a confidential amount.

    After the State of California terminated long-term wind energy contracts, alleging that the contracts were breached by the companies that provided the energy. The McClellan Law Firm brought this action against the State, claiming that it was the State that breached the contracts. Past and future profits were sought.

    McGillicuddy v. SDG&E

    Settled at the beginning of trial for $2,450,000

    The McClellan Law Firm represented a high-voltage electrician who was working for an electrical contractor on scaffolding near a utility pole when he reached out to swat a piece of electrical tape on a high voltage wire and received a shock. Although he declined treatment and returned to work, he stopped working about a week later claiming he could not use his left arm due to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. He made claims against his employer, SDG&E, and others. The case settled at the beginning of trial for $2,450,000.

    Sahin v. Saielli

    The case settled for $2,350,000.

    In Sahin v. Saielli and Denora, the plaintiff was seriously injured when a vehicle suddenly turned left in front of her BMW.

    Bunton v. Taylor Diving & Salvage Company (a Halliburton Company).

    The case settled for a confidential amount.

    This case involved the sunken treasure off the coast of China located by a former sea lab aquanaut, who was then double-crossed by his partner, a company that had entered into a confidentiality agreement and contract with him for bringing up the treasure.

    Michael v. Doe

    The case settled for $2 million.

    In Michael v. Doe, the plaintiffs' son, a high school senior, was killed as a result of the negligent operation of a vehicle in which he was a passenger.

    Rolando Properties, Inc. vs. Cabot, Morgan, Miller and Blair

    Settled during trial for defendants policy limit

    Rolando Properties, Inc. and its assets, including a shopping center, was the subject of litigation involving the corporate officers and shareholders and a family trust that was a major creditor of the corporation. The law firm that represented the trust and its trustees in the litigation later represented the corporation in a renegotiation of the lease for the shopping center.

    The McClellan Law Firm represented Rolando in this legal malpractice action, alleging that lease rights and personal guarantees were negotiated away without adequate compensation or advice to the corporation, resulting in the loss of the corporation's shopping center.

    Craft v. Grand Casino

    The case settled for $2.2 million.

    In Craft v. Grand Casino, the plaintiff was paralyzed in a single-vehicle rollover following his intoxication at a Kinder, Louisiana casino, which served him drinks and allowed him to drink even though he was under age and driving.

    Wall v. Ford Motor Company

    Settled for a confidential amount.

    A Ford Explorer rolled over, killing the father and seriously injuring his daughter.

    Sherman v. City of Vista

    Agreed to settle the case for $2.3 million

    In Sherman v. City of Vista, 19 year-old Sam Sherman lost a leg while working for the City of Vista in front of the Avo Playhouse at night. Sam was loading a truck with stage and other equipment when a drunk driver crashed into him and the truck. The attorneys of The McClellan Law Firm brought suit against the City of Vista, arguing that the City had failed to properly supervise Sam and had created an unsafe condition of public property. The attorneys of The McClellan Law Firm were able to defeat the City's repeated attempts to convince the trial court to throw out Sam's case, and the City agreed to settle the case for $2.3 million with trial pending.

    Henline v. State of California

    California paid $2,250,000 to settle.

    In Henline v. State of California, freeway construction barriers eliminated any recovery area, after the plaintiff's vehicle was cut off by a truck. Ms. Henline was partially paralyzed.

    Tatum v. B.F. Goodrich

    The case settled for a confidential amount.

    In Tatum v. B.F. Goodrich , the plaintiff suffered brain injury when her BMW rolled over following a blow-out of the rear tire as the result of poor adhesion between the steel cord and rubber.

    Guardado v. Aggregates Equipment, Inc.

    The case settled for $2,150,000.

    In Guardado v. Aggregates Equipment, Inc., three of the plaintiff's fingers were traumatically amputated when they got caught in a sand-washing machine that he, as a new employee, had been asked to clean. The machine was running at the time and lacked a guard or shutoff to prevent access to moving parts while the machine was running.

    Doe v. Nash

    The case settled for $2 million.

    In Doe v. Nash, the plaintiffs' wife and mother was killed as a passenger in her vehicle when it was broadsided by another vehicle that failed to stop at a red light.

    Ruiz v. Cepik

    The case settled for a confidential amount.

    An after-market lift kit made the vehicle unstable and unsafe, resulting in the death of plaintiffs' decedent.

    John Doe v. State of California

    California agreed to a $1.9 million settlement

    In John Doe v. State of California, the State of California agreed to pay $1.9 million after its failure to properly trim oleanders in the center median of Highway 5 South caused John Doe's Ford Mustang to climb the oleanders and flip after he drove into the median attempting to avoid a collision with another car. John Doe suffered quadriplegia as a result. The McClellan Law Firm argued that, because the State had failed to maintain the oleanders, they formed a type of "ramp" that launched the vehicle. The McClellan Law Firm argued that the proper role of median barriers is to safely redirect out-of-control vehicles, not to flip them. Ford Motor Company also paid an additional confidential amount to settle the case.

    Mattix v. Castagnola

    The case settled for $1,350,000.

    In Mattix v. Castagnola, the negligent operation of a Jeep resulted in the death of the plaintiff's son.

    Lajeunesse v. Ford Motor Company

    Settled during trial for a confidential amount.

    A Ford Explorer rolled over on the freeway and the resulting roof crush paralyzed a mother who was the front seat passenger.

    Cary v. Fox

    Recovered $1.25 million

    In Cary v. Fox, et. al, the firm recently recovered $1.25 million for the death of 87 year old Bessie Cary. Ms. Cary, a widow who lived alone in El Cajon, was struck and run over by a delivery driver. The Firm brought suit on behalf of her adult children, and with trial pending, settled for the applicable insurance policy limits of $1.25 million.

    Flowers v. NCR

    The case settled for $1,250,000.

    In Flowers v. NCR, the plaintiff suffered a minor brain injury as the result of a slip-and-fall on the stairway at his workplace.

    Reveles v. City of Lemon Grove

    The case settled for $1.2 million.

    In Reveles v. City of Lemon Grove, et. al., a 17 year-old boy was left with a severe head injury following a collision at a dangerously designed intersection.

    Nuccio v. Chrysler

    Settled for a confidential amount.

    A Jeep CJ-5 started to roll on the freeway, causing the plaintiff's leg to fly out of the door opening, where it was hit by another car and traumatically amputated.

    Banks v. The State of California

    Settled for $1,250,000.

    In Banks v. The State of California, the plaintiff was seriously injured after his car swerved off the freeway and rolled over. The McClellan Law Firm argued that there should have been a guard rail to prevent vehicles from dropping off of the elevated roadway. The case settled at the beginning of trial for $1,250,000.

    Hilmen v. Orange Coast Title Company.

    The case settled for a confidential amount.

    In this case, the defendants issued title insurance to the clients of The McClellan Law Firm despite the fact that the property could not be developed because title was lacking to the only access road to the property.

    Zarour v. BB Transport

    The case settled for $1,075,000.

    In Zarour v. BB Transport, the absence of underride protection on the rear of a truck resulted in the death of plaintiffs' son when his vehicle rode under the truck on the freeway.

    Trent v. Porsche

    The case settled for a confidential amount.

    Trent v. Porsche, arose out of the death of a husband and father, when the Turbo 930 oversteered and collided with a telephone pole.

    The Estate of Metcalf v. Muns

    The case settled during trial for $1 million.

    The Estate of Metcalf v. Muns was a fraud action against a nephew who had defrauded his aunt and a legal malpractice action against the attorney that represented the aunt and knew or should have known of the fraud.

    King v. General Motors Corporation

    Settled for a confidential amount.

    A rollover of a Jeep Astrovan and the fracture of a seat hinge caused partial paralysis to the plaintiff. The case was settled for a confidential amount.

    McKibbin v. Connecticut Indemnity

    $1 million in damages

    McKibbin v. Connecticut Indemnity arose out of a disputed homeowners policy. The jury awarded $1 million in damages, including $750,000 in punitive damages. The verdict was upheld on appeal.

    Blaney v. Honda

    The case settled for a confidential amount.

    In Blaney v. Honda, the plaintiff parked her car in the driveway on a slight incline. After putting the transmission in first gear, she went to retrieve the newspaper from the driveway. While she was doing so, the transmission slipped to neutral and the car ran over her, causing paralysis.

    Logan v. Claudefelter

    The case settled for $1 million.

    In Logan v. Claudefelter, the plaintiff was injured while riding unbelted in a Jeep in Mexico as a guest of another family. The family that owned the Jeep and failed to supervise was sued for negligence. The case settled for $1 million.

    Smith v. Chrysler.

    Settled for a confidential amount.

    This case involved the rollover of the Jeep CJ-7, resulting in brain injury to the plaintiff. The case was settled for a confidential amount.

    McAllister v. County of San Diego

    The County settled for $1 million.

    In McAllister v. County of San Diego, two high school students were killed when their car slid off the wet roadway surface into a tree that was too close to the road.

    Ayers v. Hister and Atomic Investors

    The case settled for a confidential amount.

    In Ayers v. Hister and Atomic Investors, the plaintiff was brain-injured when his tractor overturned after the engine overspeed coming down a grade.

    Hernandez v. E.G. Heller's Son, Inc.

    The case settled for just over $1 million.

    In Hernandez v. E.G. Heller's Son, Inc., the plaintiffs' husband and father was killed by a misaligned punch press machine that he had been working on. While the machine was nearly 35 years old, The McClellan Law Firm argued that better and safer technology was available at the time it was built.

    Roberts v. The City of Poway

    The case settled for a confidential amount.

    In Roberts v. The City of Poway, the plaintiffs' husband and father was killed when his bicycle was knocked into traffic lanes by trash containers placed in the bike lane at the instruction of the City of Poway and its contractor, Edco Disposal Corporation.

    Castro v. Price-Costco, Inc.

    Settled the case for a confidential amount.

    In Castro v. Price-Costco, Inc., the plaintiff lost a hand as he attempted to operate a hamburger patty-making machine. The McClellan Law Firm settled the case for a confidential amount.

    Pacific Landmark Ltd. v. Convention Center Architects.

    It was settled for a confidential amount.

    This case was brought against the Convention Center architects for their part in the delay of the Convention Center, which cost the Marriott Hotel revenues.

    Viglotti v. Air Logistics Corporation.

    The case settled for a confidential amount.

    This case involved investment misrepresentations and contract breaches.

    Vandenberg v. Honda

    The case settled during trial for a confidential

    In Vandenberg v. Honda, the plaintiffs' husband and father was killed while test driving a Honda motorcycle when a co-worker stepped out on the track to take his picture and they collided.

    Valentine v. Ford

    Settled for a confidential amount.

    The Valentine family was traveling in their 1996 Ford Explorer en route to Florida . While driving in the right hand lane of a two-lane highway, a second vehicle cut them off. The driver turned to the right to avoid a collision, entering the right-hand shoulder. The vehicle over-responded to the driver's steering input, and shot across the highway, entering the grass median, where it went into a yaw and rolled approximately seven times. During the rolls, the front passenger door of the Explorer unlatched and the roof collapsed, rendering Debra Valentine a Level C5-C7 quadriplegic.

    Escobedo v. General Motors

    Settled the case mid-trial

    On Christmas Eve, Thomas Romero and his three daughters were driving home in their 1983 Malibu from the hospital where mom had just delivered twin girls. While stopped at a red light, a drunken lawyer plowed into the rear of the vehicle. The gas tank ruptured and the car burst into flames. The force of the collision jammed the rear two doors of the vehicle shut, trapping the two youngest daughters inside, where they burned alive.

    Johnson v. General Motors Corp.

    Settled for a confidential amount

    In Johnson v. General Motors Corp., a grandmother was driving her 1987 Cadillac de Ville with her grandchildren, ages 8 and 9, belted in the back seat when the vehicle was "T-boned" by a speeding car. The force of the collision killed one of the children instantly, and the RCF-67 seat belt buckle worn by the other child unlatched.The child was thrown 10 feet high and more than 30 feet through the air. She landed on her head, suffering catastrophic spinal and other injuries, resulting in triplegia. GM's prior testing of the RCF-67 buckle revealed that it was subject to "inertial unlatching," yet it continued to use the buckles in vehicles it sold. General Motors settled the case for a confidential amount.

    Rodriguez v. Volvo

    Settled for a confidential amount

    In Rodriguez v. Volvo, the plaintiff suffered a brain injury in a low-speed collision when the pretensioner in her seat belt failed and the air bag deployed.

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