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  • Capps et. al. v. Safariland, LLCRead Details
    On Monday, March 12, 2018, Yukevich | Cavanaugh obtained a full defense verdict for its client in Capps et. al. v. Safariland, LLC. Plaintiff Sandra Capps, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy of 28 years, accidentally shot herself in the calf. She and her husband sought more than $2.5M, based on product liability design defect, and loss of consortium. A second sheriff’s deputy, of 31 years, Michael Lorenzi, also sued for $100,000, based on product liability design defect and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
    March 12, 2018
    Steven D. Smelser, Bobbie N. Eftekar, Mitchell R. Charchalis
  • Jose Linares v. Crown Equipment CorporationRead Details
    On February 28, 2018, following a seven-day trial, a federal jury took fewer than 45 minutes to render a unanimous defense verdict in favor of Crown Equipment Corporation. The case was tried in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Riverside), before U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal.
    February 28, 2018
    Todd A. Cavanaugh, Paul C. White
  • Tieu v. Sina International, Inc.
    Admitted liability bus accident resulting in fatal injuries to a passenger.  Secured favorable verdict after jury trial.
    Riverside, California – February 16, 2018
  • Doyma Vanessa Michel v. United States of America, et al.Read Details
    On October 31, 2017, Yukevich | Cavanaugh achieved a significant victory for Safariland, LLC in the matter of Doyma Vanessa Michel v. United States of America, et al. The United States District Court Southern District of California granted a motion for summary judgment dismissing all claims against Safariland.
    October 31, 2017
    Steven D. Smelser, Bobbie N. Eftekar
  • Herod v. PDC et al.Read Details
    Yukevich | Cavanaugh achieved a significant victory for Parfums De Coeur, LTD. Corporation - Motion for Summary Judgment won
    August 31, 2017
    Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Grossman v. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School DistrictRead Details
    Yukevich | Cavanaugh achieved a significant victory for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District - Motion for Summary Judgment won
    April 20, 2017
    Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Currie v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Jury returns unanimous defense verdict in mesothelioma case
    March 22, 2017
    Steven D. Smelser, Jacquelyn J. Sugapong
  • Herbert v. Takata CorporationRead Details
    Jury gives full defense verdict in seat belt case
    Daily Journal – March 16, 2017
    James J. Yukevich, Michael D.  Johnson
  • Khosh, Al v. Staples Construction CompanyRead Details
    Yukevich Cavanaugh Prevails in Published Appellate Opinion – No Recovery Granted Under Privette Doctrine
    October 27, 2016
    James J. Yukevich, Cristina M. Ciminelli, Patrick J. Cimmarusti
  • Cervantes v. Nijjar Realty, Inc.Read Details
    Arbitrator rejects former employee's claim of retaliation. Defense verdict.
    June 30, 2016
    Justin  M.  Marvisi
  • Jensen v. BNSFRead Details
    Jury returns federal defense verdict for BNSF Railway Co.
    Daily Journal – November 6, 2015
    James J. Yukevich, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Caro v. MPN-14
    Norwalk, CA – December 1, 2014
    Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Hendelman v. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, LLC et al.
    Alleged brain injury arising from snowmobile accident.  Favorable settlement two weeks into jury trial.
    Mono County, California – November 10, 2014
  • Anthony Marquez v. Chevron U.S.A, Inc. et. al.Read Details
    Santa Monica Jury Rejects Asbestos Claim Against Landowner. Defense verdict.
    October 6, 2014
    James J. Yukevich
  • Rebecca Osborne v. Todd Farm Service, et al.Read Details
    Judge Grants Motion for Terminating Sanctions and Dismisses Entire Action with Prejudice During Plaintiff’s Case-in-Chief.
    Ventura, California – July 30, 2014
    James J. Yukevich, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Acuna v. Riddell, Inc.Read Details
    Helmet maker not to blame in footbal player's injury. Defense verdict.
    March 20, 2014
    James J. Yukevich, Thomas Borncamp
  • Garcia v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Multiple-vehicle accident, alleged design defect in restraints system and crashworthiness, plaintiffs alleged neck, spine and rib fractures.  Result: Defense verdict.
    September 26, 2013
    Steven D. Smelser
  • Sohn v. Easton-Bell Sports, Inc.Read Details
    Easton-Bell Sports bike helmet found safe at trial. Defense verdict.
    August 15, 2013
    James J. Yukevich, Thomas Borncamp
  • Pillars v. BNSF Railway Co.Read Details
    Improper body mechanics caused injury.  Defense verdict.
    May 9, 2013
    James J. Yukevich, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Kransky v. DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.Read Details
    Plaintiff alleged defective metal hip caused severe physical injury. 
    March, 2013 , Alexander Calfo
  • Runflat America, LLC v. Michelin North America, Inc. et al.
    Shareholder derivative action alleging trade libel, interference with contractual relations, and violation of California Unfair Competition Law.  Result: Demurrer sustained without leave to amend and affirmed on appeal.
    Los Angeles, California
    Todd A. Cavanaugh
  • Petitpas v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Plaintiff alleged asbestos bystander exposure. Defense verdict.
    August, 2012
    James J. Yukevich, Steven D. Smelser
  • McGowan v. Par 3 Landscape Corporation
    Admitted-liability case in which plaintiff sought damages for neck/back injuries, leading to cervical fusion surgery, allegedly sustained in two-vehicle accident; plaintiff’s counsel asked jury to award more than $6 million in damages.  Result: Verdict of $85,000.
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Todd A. Cavanaugh
  • Padilla v. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company
    United States District Court, Central District of California – 2012
    James J. Yukevich, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Goldberg v. Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company et al.Read Details
    Wrongful death action arising out of a plane crash.  Plaintiffs alleged a hotel concierge negligently referred guests to air charter company. Defense verdict.
    Long Beach, California – 2012
    Thomas Borncamp, Alexander Calfo
  • Imaging Advisor, Inc. v. General Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd.Read Details
    Alleged breach of consulting contract, where plaintiff alleged in excess of $4 million in damages.  Favorable judgment after bench trial.
    Orange County, California – 2012
  • Pappalardo v. Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. et al.Read Details
    Putative federal class action brought by parents who purchased composite youth baseball bats. Suit alleged false advertising, consumer fraud, and breach of warranties. Case dismissed at pleading stage.
    United States District Court, D. New Jersey – December 23, 2011
    Thomas Borncamp
  • Steiner v. Ford Motor Company et. al.Read Details
    Daily Journal; Verdicts & Settlements – October 21, 2011
    James J. Yukevich
  • Charles v. Mountain View Mobile Home EstatesRead Details
    San Bernardino, California – 2011
    James J. Yukevich, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Morrison v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Law360 New York – 2011
    Steven D. Smelser, Alexander Calfo
  • Eubanks v. KBC America Inc.Read Details
    Jury Rejects Parents' Lawsuit Against Helmet Maker
    Daily Journal; Verdicts & Settlements – 2010
    James J. Yukevich, Delmar S. Thomas
  • Estate of Bobby Lee Herring, Sr. v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Daily Journal; Verdicts & Settlements – July 29, 2010 , Alexander Calfo
  • Zhao v. Cox Enterprises, Inc.
    Verdicts & Decisions – 2010
    James J. Yukevich, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Novak v. Pizza Hut, Inc.
    Verdicts & Decisions – 2010
    James J. Yukevich, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Houck v. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co.
    Verdicts & Decisions – 2010
    James J. Yukevich, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Harsha v. ServiceMaster Co. et. al.
    Verdicts & Decisions – 2010
    James J. Yukevich, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Bostani v. Whitehall St. et. al.
    Verdicts & Decisions – 2010
    James J. Yukevich
  • Goebel v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Ford Scores Rare Win in Asbestos Case
    Daily Journal; Verdicts & Settlements – 2009
    James J. Yukevich, Steven D. Smelser
  • Clarendon National Ins. Co. v. Ford Motor Company
    Garage and vehicle fire alleged to have been caused by a recalled speed control component. Result: Defense verdict.
    El Centro, California – 2009
    Steven D. Smelser
  • Deal v. Michelin North America, Inc.Read Details
    Rollover of full-size pickup truck following right rear tread separation, alleged manufacturing defects in tire, two occupants fatally injured. Result: Defense verdict.
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    James J. Yukevich, Todd A. Cavanaugh, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Jones v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
    Single-vehicle rollover accident, alleged design defects in roof structure, plaintiff sustained spinal injury resulting in quadriplegia. Result: Defense verdict.
    Los Angeles, California
    James J. Yukevich, Todd A. Cavanaugh, Delmar S. Thomas
  • National RV Co. v. Crane Corp.
    Action for breach of contract and fraud regarding sidewall materials on 73 motor homes.  Plaintiff sought $28 million in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages and attorney fees.  $3.5 million verdict.
    U.S. District Court, Riverside, CA – 2008 , Alexander Calfo
  • Keddington v. Michelin North America, Inc.
    Verdicts & Decisions – 2008
    James J. Yukevich, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Gaudry v. Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Two-vehicle accident alleged design and warning defects in Honda Reflex scooter, plaintiff sustained severe leg injury requiring amputation. Result: Defense verdict.
    Burbank, California
    James J. Yukevich, Todd A. Cavanaugh
  • Arroyo v. Ford Motor Company
    Single-vehicle accident following claimed unintended acceleration, alleged cruise control system defect, moderate injuries, punitive damages allegations. Result: Defense verdict.
    Miami, Florida
    James J. Yukevich, Todd A. Cavanaugh
  • Pineda v. Deere & CompanyRead Details
    Fatal injury to contruction worker, alleged design and warning defects in front-end loader/backhoe. Result: Defense Verdict.
    Chatsworth, California
    Todd A. Cavanaugh, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Baez v. L&L Machinery IncRead Details
    Jury Rejects Quadriplegic's Suit Against Manaufacturer
    Daily Journal; Verdicts & Settlements – March 2, 2007
    James J. Yukevich
  • Delloro v. Michelin North America, Inc.
    Cargo van rollover, alleged tire defect, brain injury. Defense verdict.
    Los Angeles, California – 2006
    James J. Yukevich, Thomas Borncamp
  • Wheeler v. The Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad Company
    Santa Ana, California – 2006
    James J. Yukevich, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Hidaka/Hartman v. Michelin North America, Inc.
    Verdicts & Decisions – 2006
    James J. Yukevich
  • Cabrera v. Isuzu Motors, Ltd.
    Sport-utility vehicle rollover, alleged seat defect, catastrophic injuries, punitive damages allegations. Mistrial due to hung jury; directed verdict for defense on punitive damages claim.
    Los Angeles, California – 2005
    James J. Yukevich
  • Parks v. Michelin North America et. al.Read Details
    Jury exonerates Michelin Tires in van accident injuring six
    Daily Journal – 2005
    James J. Yukevich, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Quinney v. Hyundai Motor America
    Single-vehicle accident following unintended acceleration, moderate injuries. Defense verdict.
    Los Angeles, California – 2004
    Thomas Borncamp
  • Tepei v. Michelin North AmericaRead Details
    Chehalis County, Washington
    James J. Yukevich, Todd A. Cavanaugh, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Watts v. Ford Motor Company
    Single-vehicle accident following claimed unintended acceleration, alleged cruise control system defect, catastrophic injury. Result: Defense verdict.
    Sacramento, California
    James J. Yukevich, Todd A. Cavanaugh
  • Knottā€™s Berry Farm v. Togo International
    Santa Ana, California – 2003
    James J. Yukevich, Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • The Boeing Company v. ArvinMeritor, Inc.
    Breach of contract action arising out of corporate merger. Result: Defense award at binding arbitration.
    Los Angeles, California – October 1, 2002
  • Corinthian v. Harutian
    Verdicts & Decisions – 2002
    Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Nia v. Harutian
    Verdicts & Decisions – 2002
    Cristina M. Ciminelli
  • Carver v. Michelin North America
    Pick-up truck rollover, alleged tire defect, quadriplegic injury. Settled during trial.
    San Diego, California – 2001
    James J. Yukevich, Thomas Borncamp
  • Reyes v. Hyundai Motor Company
    Single-vehicle accident, fatal injury to parent, catastrophic injuries to minor, multiple alleged crashworthiness defects. Defense verdict.
    Orange County, California – 2001
    James J. Yukevich, Thomas Borncamp
  • Vandenburg v. Honda Research & Development Co.
    Verdicts & Decisions – 2000
    James J. Yukevich, Thomas Borncamp
  • Jenkins v. Hyundai Motor Company
    Single-vehicle accident, alleged roof and restraint system defects, quadriplegic injury. Defense verdict.
    Rancho Cucamonga, California – 1997
    James J. Yukevich
  • Park v. Mazda Motor Corporation
    Minivan rollover, seatbelted child ejected, alleged restraint system defect, severe head injury. Defense verdict.
    Riverside, California – 1995
    James J. Yukevich
  • Moore v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
    All-terrain vehicle accident, alleged stability and warning defects, catastrophic spinal cord injury. Defense verdict.
    San Francisco, California – 1993
    James J. Yukevich