There is a reason why the EMANUEL LAW GROUP gets frequent referrals from former clients, police officers, medical doctors, paramedics, nurses, and members of the legal community. See our recent results!
Doe v. Virginia Cleaners
Our client is a 51-year-old well known musician who went to Samjung Corp. d.b.a. Virginia Cleaners in Berkeley to have a dress altered. During the alteration, the tailor intentionally placed his hand inside our client’s dress and fondled her bare breast. During discovery and investigation, we uncovered that the owner and manager of the business knew this tailor had groped and sexually assaulted several other females on the premises of the business before he victimized our client. Even after our client was sexually assaulted, the corporation did not terminate its dangerous employee. We sued the corporation for negligent hiring, negligent, training, negligent supervision, and negligent retention of the perpetrator. The case resulted in a settlement of $700,000. As part of the settlement, the corporation agreed that the perpetrator will never be permitted to work in the business, and they agree to pay $100,000 in additional damages if it is proven that the tailor is found working there in the future.
Doe v. Okoro
In February of 2016, Mr. Emanuel won a jury verdict in Sacramento County (Doe v. Okoro) for a victim of sexual assault and gender violence. This was yet another victory against a perpetrator who was never even arrested by the police.
Fua v. Yellow Cab
In June of 2015, Todd Emanuel and Deirdre O’Reilly Marblestone received an $8,000,000.00 jury verdict against Yellow Cab in San Francisco. Our client was an unrestrained passenger in a taxi cab. The driver crashed and our client sustained left-sided hemi-paresis and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Yellow Cab claimed it was not responsible because its driver was an independent contractor and our client failed to wear a seat belt. After a six week trial, a San Francisco jury found Yellow Cab liable and awarded our client more than $8,000,000.00.
Doe Plaintiff v. Doe Defendants
$6,000,000 settlement in 2015 for high wage earner whose earning capacity was diminished as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
Brown v. Shaw Pipeline
$1,125,000 settlement for a foreman injured on a construction site as a result of the negligent operation of a back hoe.
Ashby v. Grant
In May of 2014, a jury awarded our client $180,000 in punitive damages after they were rear ended by a drunk driver in San Francisco. The plaintiffs had less than $600 in property damage and less than $5,000 in medical expenses for soft tissue strains.
Chan v. Air Unique
Our newest member of the firm, George Ellard, played a pivotal role in obtaining a policy limits settlement for the daughter and widow of one of the Tesla Motor executives who tragically died in a 2010 plane crash.
Sanchez v. Doe Defendants
$6,250,000 settlement.Our client, a 38 year old competitive cyclist sustained catastrophic and permanent brain injuries when he was struck by an SUV. Our lawsuit contained complex claims related to “roadway design” as well as claims of negligence. Though Mr. Sanchez is unlikely to recover sufficiently to ride a bike again, this substantial settlement affords him the best healthcare to maximize his recovery, and financial security for the remainder of his life.
Kelsen v. Farmers Ins. Co. (San Francisco)
$863,277 award. Our client, a longtime Farmers Insurance policyholder, suffered head injuries in a motor vehicle accident caused by an underinsured driver. Farmers Insurance attempted to minimize our client’s injury as a simple mild concussion with little or no residual effects. After Farmers delayed our attempts to go to arbitration, we successfully moved to compel Underinsured Motorist Arbitration. After a 2-week Arbitration, our client received the above award. We presently have a BAD FAITH action pending against Farmers Insurance Company for its mishandling of this case.
Jane Does vs. Day Spas
Over $2,100,000 collected so far. We continue to champion the causes of victims sexually assaulted during massages at high-end day spas. We resolved ten such cases in 2010. We have now collected over $2,100,000 for deserving women who have bravely come forward to hold accountable the perpetrators, as well as the corporations who could prevent this from happening. We have successfully litigated against several local spas and national franchises inclusing Sandra Caron European Spa and Massage Envy. We have been successful during litigation in getting court orders to force the day spas to disclose lists of assailants’ past customers. By calling these customers, we frequently learn that the massage therapists have perpetrated this conduct before, and that the spa management ignored red flags. If this has happened to you, it is essential that you report it!
Jane Doe v. Joseph Rand Courtney (San Francisco)
$1,000,000 judgment. Our client, a 15-year-old girl, was improperly seduced by the 27-year-old nephew of her adoptive mother. The defendant threatened our client that she would be removed from her adoptive family sent back to foster care if she ever reported his inappropriate sexual conduct. As a result of the statutory rape, Jane Doe suffered traumatic emotional distress and was hospitalized after attempting suicide. We succeeded in obtaining a judgment for $1 million dollars to compensate her.
Ting v. Green Hills Country Club (San Mateo County)
$800,000 award. Our client, an elderly woman, was waiting to be seated at a restaurant inside a Millbrae country club. A waitress employed by the club negligently bumped into our client and caused our client to hit her head on the ground and lose consciousness. Our elderly client slipped into a coma and died. The defendant country club contended that the parties were mutually at fault for bumping into each other. We recovered money to pay all of the decedent’s medical bills and wrongful death damages for the decedent’s surviving husband and children.
Merrit v. JD Jetting (Santa Clara County)
$1,000,000 award. Our client, a motorcycle rider, was severely injured by a defective product, a carburetor jet kit that contained improper parts. Our client was violently thrown from his motorcycle. The defense claimed our client must have negligently driven the motorcycle and the incident was entirely his own fault. We employed the right motorcycle carburetor expert to support our client’s position that the defective product was the sole cause of the incident. We also obtained critical documents and deposition testimony that showed defendant’s pattern of putting its customers at risk by providing the wrong component parts to customers. This is our most recent significant win in a strict products liability case.
Thorpe v. Santillan (San Mateo County)
Policy Limits Settlement. Our client was an on duty police officer driving his patrol car. Defendant attempted an illegal left turn and cut in front of the officer. When the officer tried to take evasive action he was struck head-on by a bus.
Munoz v. Wahl (San Mateo County)
$1,750,000 award. Our client was walking on a sidewalk when she was struck by a BMW. Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury and a broken femur. The hospital tried to discharge our client prematurely because she was uninsured. We persuaded the hospital not to abandon our client. The defense tried to minimize our client’s injuries, but could not defeat our experts. We collected the $500,000.00 maximum of the defendant’s motor vehicle insurance policy (Fireman’s Fund), and an additional $1,250,000.00 of the defendant’s umbrella policy (Navigators Ins. Co.).
Arams v. CSAA (Santa Clara County)
$1,000,000 award. Our client was struck by an underinsured driver, sustaining multiple cervical disk injuries requiring extensive surgery.
Jane Doe v. Sandra Caron European Spa, Inc.
$500,000 settlement. Jane Doe was sexually assaulted by a massage therapist at a day spa in San Mateo. The corporation hired this massage therapist knowing he had recently been terminated at a nearby spa for allegedly sexually assaulting another woman under substantially similar circumstances. Our client was compensated for severe emotional distress. We presently represent other “Jane Does” who were sexually assaulted at Sandra Caron European Spa, Inc.
McCollins v. Johnson (San Francisco County)
$575,000 judgment. Our client is a young man who was sitting next to an iron gate when a vehicle suddenly crashed into the gate. The force of the vehicle bent the gate toward our client’s face. A spoke from the top of the gate impaled our client’s left eye. The defendant had a minimal insurance policy. Our investigation revealed defendant’s ownership of two residential properties so we could get a Judgment and pursue, and collect, damages far in excess of the insurance policy. During the course of the litigation, we retained a board certified “ocularist” to make our client a realistic looking prosthetic eye. We also obtained a settlement for our client’s mother on a theory of “bystander liability” because she was a witness to this tragic incident.
Kaplan v. Granelli (San Mateo County)
$500,000 settlement. Our client was driving lawfully on El Camino Real when her vehicle was struck head-on by the defendant who was driving on the wrong side of the road. She suffered a fracture-dislocation of her left hip and a sciatic nerve injury. We obtained a policy limits settlement.
Hardenbergh v. Luther (Los Angeles County)
$350,000 settlement. Our client was turning left at an intersection on a green arrow. She was struck by on oncoming driver. Our client sustained serious neck injuries requiring anterior cervical fusion surgery. The defense denied liability, insisting that defendant’s light was green, and our client must have failed to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic. Our engineering expert helped us obtain an excellent settlement by exploring the timing of the lights and fully reconstructing the incident.
Dudum v. Laura’s Beauty Care (San Mateo County)
$300,000 award. Our client went for a pedicure at a salon. The pedicurist negligently cut our client’s toe and submerged it into a dirty whirpool tub. Our client contracted a severe staph infection (staph aureus) that spread to other areas of his body. Our client was on intravenous antibiotics for several months before the infection was cured. The defense denied liability and hired an infectious disease expert from UCSF to testify that the pedicure was not the source of his staph infection. During our investigation we obtained documents from the State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology proving that the salon had a history of unsanitary conditions and code violations.
Speizer v. AllState Insurance
$207,000 settlement. Our client was an off-duty paramedic who sustained wrist injuries when she was struck by a vehicle. We demonstrated that our client’s wrist injury could jeopardize her ability to function on the job, and obtained a fair settlement.
Olibas v. Swift Trucking Co. (San Joaquin County)
$175,000 settlement. Our client’s vehicle slammed into the side of a large commercial truck on the freeway. Our client sustained a fractured femur. The defense denied liability. We proved that at the time of impact the truck was jack-knifed, completely blocking lanes of traffic in both directions. There was almost no visibility, and thus our client had no ability to see the truck in order to avoid the collision. We stay on top of laws that are unique to the commercial trucking industry such as those involving driver fatigue, truck and trailer conspicuity, and commercial vehicle inspections.
Jane Doe v. Dr. John Doe (Santa Clara County)
Confidential Settlement. Our client went to a physician to receive collagen injections in her lips. The physician intended to inject a safe anesthetic into our client’s mouth before applying the collagen. However, the physician negligently used a syringe containing BOTOX instead of anesthetic! We have successfully handled a number of cases against registered nurses and others who have severely harmed our patients by misusing lasers, drugs, and syringes.
Adams v. Lu (San Francisco County)
$100,000 settlement. Our client was an on duty police officer ticketing a driver who was illegally parked. As our client was placing a citation on the driver’s windshield, the driver drove away and the officer was struck by the car. In recent years we’ve received big damages, exponentially larger than workers compensation claims, on behalf of numerous Bay Area police officers injured by third parties. This has become a niche of our practice.
Augustine v. Kennedy (San Mateo County)
$125,000 ward. Our client was injured in an auto accident on highway 92. The defense claimed that the defendant could not afford to pay any damages in excess of his $100,000 insurance policy. Our investigation revealed that the defendant had recently transferred an interest in a home. We filed an additional lawsuit for fraudulent conveyance of property, and recovered damages in excess of the policy limits.
DISCLAIMER: The case results described in this website were dependent on the facts and circumstances of each of the cases. Your results will differ if based on different facts and circumstances.