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September 2011

Los Angeles Team Obtains Complete Defense Verdict in Motorcycle/Catastrophic Injury Trial

Congratulations to Manuel Saldana, Ted Armbrister, Spencer Hugret and Randall Stubblefield from our Los Angeles office, for recently obtaining a complete defense verdict after a seven week jury trial, plus four days of jury deliberations, in the Superior Court for the County of Stockton in California. The case involved two Plaintiffs, who were injured when their motorcycles collided at high speed with a large commercial vehicle owned by a tree trimming contractor on a rural highway, State Route 4, near Farmington, California. Plaintiffs' survived the crash but suffered catastrophic injuries, including alleged traumatic brain injuries. They requested up to $30 million in damages. Plaintiffs were middle-aged, responsible men, who had ridden their motorcycles at a charity event just before the accident. As such, they were very sympathetic while the driver of the commercial vehicle, who was also a party, was Spanish-speaking which may have posed a language barrier. Nevertheless, the jury ultimately ruled that the commercial driver was not negligent and rendered a complete defense verdict. A long time insurance representative who monitored the trial said of Manuel's closing argument: "it was one of the best I've seen and I've seen a lot in my 47 years in this business."

Spencer P. Hugret
Manuel Saldana



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