Boulay v. Holiday Inn, et al
Case settled at beginning of trial for $20,100,000. Structure used that will pay plaintiffs over $125,000,000 lifetime. Novel issues dealing with issues of product liability, innkeeper liability and punitive damages.
Moore, et al v. Washington Gas Light
Gas company inspected stove and indicated that it could not be repaired and must be replaced but homeowner indicated could not afford to replace it. Gas Company did not take out of service and did not shut off gas to stove. Gas escaped from defective burners into kitchen and ignited, killing one child and severely burning two others. Case settled & sealed after one week of trial. Structured settlement used to ensure welfare of surviving children for the remainder of their lives.
Bland v. Sears Roebuck & Company, et al
Employee of subcontractor for Sears came to home of Plaintiff's mother and raped Plaintiff. Employee had long criminal record and questions of what if any investigation made of employee's background by subcontractor prior to hiring. Case settled with subcontractor at beginning of trial for $500,000. Case against Sears resolved just as jury was returning with verdict.
Steffan v. Vane Brothers, et al.
Premises liability action involving bilateral shoulder injury when the Plaintiff fell through a pier owned by the Defendants. The issue of liability was seriously contested. After several days of litigation the jury returned a verdict of $394,900.91.