Some results from 2014 which deserve mention are:
A January 31th verdict in Kings County Supreme Court for Rich Brown, Celeste Hill v. Russell Dolecal (14932/11). The jury found our client 50% responsible and also found the Plaintiff sustained a serious injury under the threshold requirement of the No-Fault law. Total damages awarded were $2,500. This could be the lowest damage award of the year.
A Defense Verdict on damages on February 5th in Queens County Supreme Court for Paul Duer in the matter of Kim v. Schulman (700405/11).
A Defense Verdict on damages on February 6th in Bronx County Supreme Court for Tim Jones against two Plaintiffs in the matter of Charles Seltzer & Tannika Corbett v Cassandra Eugene (310283/09).
A Defense Verdict on March 28, 2014 for Paul Duer in Civil Court, Queens County, in the matter of Zheng v. Chiusano, (300639/12).
A Defense Verdict on threshold grounds before Judge Greco in Queens County Supreme Court for Tom Craven on May 20, 2014 in the matter of Nicole E. Madtes v Alicia Scher, (700475/12).
A great result on June 10, 2014 for Rich Brown in the case of Opal Stevens v. Absolute Trucking, Inc. in Kings County (Index No; 14869/11). The case was tried with "high/low" parameters of $25,000 - $225,000 in a Summary Jury Trial before Judge Solomon. The Jury verdict was $0 for pain and suffering (past and future) and $9,000 for lost wages. And, we were only found 60% at fault. Absent the "high/low" our client's share would have been $5,400.
A great result for Lester Rodriguez for his verdict in Kings County before Judge Spodek on May 30th in the case of Noilya Ahadova v. Ner Bresler and Mark Lovy (Index No.: 20241/2011). The jury awarded the Plaintiff $56,000 for past lost earnings and $50,000 for past pain and suffering with no award for future alleged damages. The Plaintiff, a pedestrian, sustained fractures of the ulnar and radius bones in the right arm. She underwent open reduction internal fixation on August 30, 2011. In addition, her scalp was lacerated and was stapled closed. She was discharged from the hospital three days post accident. Among other challenges, our client was not present; suffering from Bi-Polar disorder; and on suicide watch at Staten Island Hospital. Despite a finding of 100% liability against our client, the award was less than our stipulated "high/low" agreement of $150,000.
A Defense Verdict on damages for Frank Scahill in the case of Byron Kjono v. Barbara Held (Index No 6792/07) on June 9, 2014 before Judge Brown in Nassau County.
A Defense Verdict on damages for Frank Scahill on August 8, 2014 before Judge Fernando Tapia of Bronx County in the matter of Adiani Gashi v. Victoria Vogel-Blumenthal (Index No.: 302761/10).
A Defense Verdict on liability for Tom Craven on October 2, 2014 in Suffolk County Supreme Court in Anthony J. Losito v. Barry L. Chandler, Luisa McConnell and Elizabeth Ortiz (Index No. 1872/12).
A Defense Verdict on liability on October 29th in Queens County Supreme Court for Paul Duer in the matter of Boucher-Valot v. Valot (Index No.: 16503/12).
A Defense Verdict on liability on November 5th in Queens County Supreme Court for Gil Hardy in the matter of Lyons v. Boukas (Index No.: 722/12).
A Defense Verdict on liability on November 19th in Queens County Supreme Court, for Paul Duer in the matter of Jean Brun v. Carol Lee (Index No.: 16814/12).
A Defense Verdict on liability for Rich Brown on December 12th in the case of Foxworth v Wales before Judge Rothenberg. (Index No.: 3068/12).
A Defense Verdict on liability for Tim Jones on December 22nd in the case of Jordania v Hardy (158129/13) in New York County before Judge Michael Stallman.