Partners Tim Lake and Chris Maile successfully defended an insurance carrier in a bad-faith case brought by an 83 year old plaintiff alleging the carrier had breached his homeowners insurance policy and committed bad-faith when it refused to pay a judgment against him of $235,000.00. As a result of some favorable legal rulings based upon coverage defenses asserted by the carrier and damaging testimony to the plaintiff’s case by several early witnesses, plaintiff settled the case during trial, rather than face possible dismissal on a non-suit motion. Read More
Firm Attorney Soojin Kang has once again been designated as a Top Young Lawyer and rising star by the Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star Edition. Last year, attorney Kang earned this honor for the second year in a row – making her one of the less than 3% of attorneys who have received this honor two years in a row. Now, Ms. Kang has been honored with this recognition for the third year in a row. Read More
The Firm recently secured an appellate victory for one of the Firm’s hotel/lodging clients, Motel 6.
In this case, the plaintiff/general contractor had demanded that Motel 6 pay it amounts the general contractor had paid to a subcontractor in relation to a welding project. The general contractor alleged that because it had to pay the subcontractor, Motel 6 was required to pay to the plaintiff/general contractor more than was allowed under the parties’ contract. Although the lower court had ruled against Motel 6, Tharpe & Howell appealed the decision on its behalf and obtained a victory in this contract dispute case! Read More
David Binder has secured yet another win in a string of appellate victories! In this case, the plaintiff sued his employer claiming he was terminated for being a whistle-blower, in retaliation for objecting to claimed unlawful acts, and in violation of public policy. After the Trial Court granted the Firm’s defense Motion for Summary Judgment, the plaintiff appealed.
In a unanimous decision, the Second District Court of Appeal affirmed the granting of Summary Judgment giving attorney Binder yet another victory on behalf of an employer client! Read More
Firm Partner Paul Wayne recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of residential landlord and property manager clients!
In this case, there was an ongoing dispute between a tenant who resided in the apartment complex, and the son of a neighboring tenant in the same complex – who would bring his pet pit bull with him when he visited his resident mother.
During a dispute between the two (the tenant and the neighboring tenant’s non-resident son), the visiting son claimed that the neighboring tenant pulled a knife on him. Read More