$417 Million – Jury Verdict Talc Product Liability

After a four-week trial in the first of hundreds of similar cases in California, a Los Angeles jury awarded Eva Echeverria $417 million (Johnson and Johnson – $68 million compensatory damages, Johnson and Johnson – $340 million punitive damages, Jonson and Johnson Consumer Inc. – $2 million compensatory damages, Johnson and Johnson Consumer Inc –…

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$128 Million – Fuel System Fire

A thirteen-year-old boy who suffered severe burns when the 1972 Pinto in which he was a passenger burst into flames in a rear-end collision‚ filed an action against Ford Motor company alleging that defects in the design of the vehicle caused his injuries. In what was the largest verdict ever in a personal injury case‚…

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$51 Million – Prescription Drug Injury

A federal court jury in New Orleans rendered a $51 million verdict against Merck & Co.‚ the manufacturer of Vioxx. The plaintiff‚ Gerald Barnett‚ was represented by lead trial counsel Mark P. Robinson‚ Jr. of Robinson Calcagnie, Inc. Mr. Barnett‚ a 62-year-old retired Special Agent of the FBI‚ took the arthritis drug Vioxx regularly for approximately 55 months to…

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$46 Million for Leg Amputation

A jury awarded a San Bernardino man $46 million in damages for injuries he suffered in a roadside accident involving a driver who worked for Nissan of San Bernardino. The plaintiff, 53-year-old Faustino Solorio, was catastrophically injured on September 10, 2013, when a Nissan parts delivery driver made a right turn and struck Solorio on…

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$45 Million – Unfair Business Practices

The firm litigated a class action under the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL) (California Business and Professions Code Section 17200 et seq.) on behalf of small business owners who alleged they had been victims of unfair‚ fraudulent and unlawful business practices and deceptive advertising by a nationwide business valuation and sales company. Robinson Calcagnie, Inc….

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$30.8 Million – Ski Lift Maintenance Accident

$30.8 Million Verdict by Jeoffrey L. Robinson and Allan F. Davis: Anderson v. Snow Valley‚ Inc. A 42-year-old ski-lift maintenance supervisor sustained a traumatic amputation of both legs while performing maintenance on a chairlift at the Snow Valley Ski Area in San Bernardino‚ California. The plaintiff contended that the owner of the lift was negligent…

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$15 Million – Seatbelt Failure

A jury in Los Angeles County awarded $15 million to a 9-year-old boy who was left paralyzed and brain-damaged after a freeway collision. The action alleged that the plaintiff’s injuries were caused by defects in the vehicle’s occupant restraint system‚ and the failure of the manufacturer to provide adequate instructions and warnings. Verdictum Juris Volume 14…

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$14.5 Million – Motorcycle Accident

On March 16, 2008, plaintiff Donte Poole, 25, a home care attendant, was operating his motorcycle southbound on South Acacia Avenue in Compton. As he entered the intersection of West Raymond Street, Poole collided with a sport utility vehicle operated by Juliana Picazo, who making a left turn onto northbound South Acacia from eastbound West Raymond. Poole suffered…

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$10.6 Million – Defective Roadway

Lu v. Department of Transportation Facts On Christmas Day‚ 1996‚ Plaintiff Lu and his wife‚ both visiting scholars from China‚ were driving southbound on the I-15 on their way home from a trip to the Grand Canyon. Plaintiff’s wife was driving a rented 1996 Buick Regal on a downgrade stretch of highway known as the…

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$9.9 Million – Defective Roadway

Lister v. State of California Facts: The Listers‚ a mother and her 9-year-old daughter‚ brought suit against the Department of Transportation (CalTrans) for dangerous road conditions on Pearblossom Highway (SR-138). Plaintiffs’ vehicle was forced off the highway‚ where it struck a large dirt berm that had been negligently left by CalTrans maintenance crews. The vehicle…

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$9.3 Million – Seat Back Failure

A Los Angeles County jury awarded $9.3 Million to a young woman who was partially paralyzed in a rear-end collision. The suit alleged that her injuries were a result of a defectively designed seat which collapsed in the accident‚ allowing her to be thrown into the rear of the vehicle.

$7.2 Million – Product Liability

RCRSD partner Bill Shapiro handled this personal injury action where the plaintiff‚ an infant boy‚ suffered massive burns when his 4 year old brother lit the house on fire.  While his parents were sleeping‚ the brother was playing with a "long nose utility lighter" that he thought was a toy. That model of lighter was…

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$7.0 Million – Electrical Explosion

Premises Liability — Product Liability Settlement: $7 million. Case/Number: Case I.D. Confidential. Court/Date: L.A. Superior Compton / February 6‚ 1996. Judge: Hon. Steven C. Suzukawa‚ Dept. F. Attorneys: Plaintiff – Mark P. Robinson Jr.‚ Kevin Calcagnie (Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis‚ Inc. – Newport Beach). Defendant – Timothy L. Walker (Ford‚ Walker‚ Haggerty & Behar‚…

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$7 Million – Negligent Maintenance

Hunsicker v Southern California Edison‚ Pole Maintenance Company FACTS: On Aug. 6‚ 2005‚ plaintiff Hunsicker was driving home from work in his truck on San Jacinto Avenue in Perris when a thunderstorm struck. During the storm‚ 30 Southern California Edison wood utility poles snapped and fell onto the road. One of the 65-foot poles landed…

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$6.8 Million – Motor Vehicle Accident

Campbell & Sutherland v. Arc & Reeves FACTS: On October 27‚ 1993‚ a firestorm swept through the Laguna Beach area. Within days‚ the beach community was a disaster area. Hundreds of volunteer workers with various disaster organizations‚ including the ARC and the Southern Baptist Convention‚ mobilized to assist disaster victims. Plaintiffs were clients of the…

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$5.2 Million – Defective Hydraulic Lift

The plaintiff‚ a 38-year-old shipyard worker‚ was painting the bottom hull a ship in dry dock‚ while standing on a mobile hydraulic elevating platform lift. He accidentally leaned over a control lever‚ causing the platform to rise‚ pinning his neck between the platform railing and the hull of the ship. The plaintiff suffered severe spinal…

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$4.9 Billion – Defective Vehicle Design

“GM was well aware of the safety problem‚” said Mark P. Robinson, Jr. “The key to winning the punitive damages was a company memo that spelled out cost concerns over correcting the safety problem.” Six people were badly burned in a fire following a rear end collision. In a suit against the manufacturer of the…

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$3 Million – Defective Machine

Partner Bill Shapiro along with Associate Michelle West obtained a $3 Million dollar settlement for plaintiff who suffered partial amputation of her hand while at work using allegedly defective machine.

$3 Million – Trucking Accident

Partner Bill Shapiro obtained a $3 million dollar settlement for a plaintiff who suffered brain injuries when the motorcycle he was operating collided into the rear of a truck allegedly moving at a slow pace.

$2.7 Million – Dangerous Roadway Condition

RCRSD partner Bill Shapiro handled this wrongful death case involving a plaintiff decedent who‚ while travelling southbound in the rain‚ spun out of control and suffered fatal injuries when her vehicle impacted a commercial 18 wheel truck parked on the side of the roadway. The lawsuit was brought against both the trucking company‚ for its…

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$2.4 Million – Trucking Accident

Mr. Shapiro handled this wrongful death action. The mother and father of adult children were northbound on I-15 in the "fast" lane when defendants tractor trailer rig crossed the center median and head impacted into the vehicle. Both mother and father were killed instantly. Extenuating family circumstances warranted a prompt settlement.

$2.2 Million – Promoter Liability/Dangerous Roadway

RCRSD partner Bill Shapiro handled this wrongful death case involving several minors who‚ after leaving a rave party‚ were heading home when their driver fell asleep and their car went down a huge embankment. Plaintiffs‚ the parents of the decedent minors‚ recovered against both the party promoters and the security company the promoters hired. The…

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Significant Cases

TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENTS: $26 Million Judgment in wrongful death/personal injury action. A wife and minor son died‚ and the daughter suffered traumatic brain injuries when a tractor trailer impacted the van driven by plaintiffs decedent. After extensive discovery‚ evidence presented at trial demonstrated the trucking company knew the brakes of the tractor were not in proper…

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