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Insurers May Not Have a Good Case to Decline Business Interruption Claims

Supervising trial attorney, Edward Susolik, recently shared his thoughts with S&P Global on the legal filings and court battles over insurance policy contract terms and conditions with regards to COVID-19. View article.
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Conducting Remote Depositions During COVID-19

By Drew Harbur We have all experienced innumerable changes to our personal and professional lives over the last month. Many of us are working remotely and navigating the various challenges accompanying that shift. Additionally, it seems that each day brings new orders/guidance with subsequent revisions, modifications and adaptations. For those of us practicing in multiple jurisdictions and across state and federal courts, it has required considerable diligence to monitor each court’s varying approach to the...
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Callahan & Blaine Announces David J. Darnell As Newest Partner

David J. Darnell, a senior associate at the nationally renowned litigation firm of Callahan & Blaine, has become a partner and shareholder in the firm. Callahan & Blaine, based in Santa Ana, California, is renowned for its record breaking verdicts and settlements in business and personal injury litigation including the highest jury verdict in Orange County history and highest personal injury settlement in the history of the United States. Mr. Darnell is a highly experienced...
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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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