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Paraplegic Sues Avenatti For Siphoning Away $4M Settlement

By Emma CuetoLaw360 (June 13, 2019, 10:45 PM EDT) -- A paraplegic former client of embattled attorney Michael J. Avenatti has filed suit against the lawyer and several former attorneys at his now-defunct firm, alleging Avenatti stole a $4 million settlement he negotiated for the client against Los Angeles County.Geoffrey E. Johnson, who alleges he was paralyzed after attempting to kill himself over mistreatment in Los Angeles County jail, says Avenatti hid the fact that...
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California State Jury Award $3.5 Million To Hotel Guest That Was Sexually Assaulted After Front Desk Clerk Gave Key To Perpetrator

MRSS Hospitality, Inc., d/b/a Holiday Inn Express operated the Holiday Inn Express in Fraizer Park, CA. On April 22, 2014, plaintiff came to visit her boyfriend Gerrit Pietersma, who worked at the hotel with Jonathan Michael Padilla. Pietersma and Padilla were staying in separate employer-reserved rooms. Padilla consumed 22 beers and some cocaine. After his co-workers went to their rooms at about 11:00 PM, Padilla approached Lori Scharon, the only employee on duty at the...
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Daniel Callahan of Callahan & Blaine Receives Award for Exceptional Client Service

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Daniel J. Callahan, complex business litigation and catastrophic personal injury attorney and founder of Santa Ana, CA-based Callahan & Blaine, has been named one of the "10 Best Attorneys for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service" in California by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA). Callahan has distinguished himself as one of the top trial attorneys in the United States. He has been repeatedly recognized by his peers for his...
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Kern County jury awards $3.5 million verdict in hotel rape case

by BakersfieldNow staffThursday, April 27th 2017FILE -- Jonathan Padilla is seen in surveillance video from the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Lebec, Calif., on the night when a woman was raped by him at the hotel. (Still image from video provided by law firm Callahan & Blaine)BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A Kern County jury has awarded $3.5 million to a woman who was raped in her hotel room.The lawsuit was filed against Holiday Inn...
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Unanimous $3.5 Million Dollar Jury Verdict Against Holiday Inn

BAKERSFIELD, CA - After a two-week trial, a jury returned a unanimous verdict against Holiday Inn in a case where the hotel receptionist gave a key to a sexual predator who then let himself into a hotel room and molested a 29-year-old woman. According to Callahan & Blaine who represented the victim, the perpetrator, who was noticeably intoxicated from drugs and alcohol, propositioned the receptionist for sex in exchange for $100 before asking for a...
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