personal injury news

Firm files civil rights action for death at Martinez jail

April 13, 2015 – The firm filed a complaint today on behalf of Shaun Anderson, the son of a Martinez Jail detainee, Robert Anderson, whose death allegedly resulted from civil rights violations and negligence on the part of jail employees. The late Mr. Anderson initially visited the hospital with symptoms of pneumonia, among other diagnoses, for which he was prescribed medication and care instructions that were largely disregarded upon his return to jail.  Mr. Anderson spent the next several weeks in and (mostly) out of the hospital without access to proper medical care which, the lawsuit contends, ultimately led to his demise. Service of the complaint on the County of Contra Costa, its Sheriff and several other allegedly responsible party defendants is pending.

Firm obtains key ruling in unsettled area of California evidence law: surveillance

April 4, 2011 -- PE&G's client was severely injured when she was ejected from a car driven by defendant. Hoping to disprove her claims of injury, defendant hired an investigator to conduct surveillance of plaintiff. The firm sought to obtain all surveillance footage, as well as the investigator's reports. Defendant refused to turn over the materials. In what appears to be a case of first impression in the State, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr agreed with the firm - and with the courts of other states which have addressed this issue - that the materials were not protected from disclosure and must be produced. In particular, Judge Mohr rejected defendant's contention that the materials were protected as "work product." He also found that requiring defendant to turn over the materials would serve the important goals of fairness and avoiding undue surprise at trial. On March 16, 2011, the California Court of Appeal summarily denied defendant's request for appellate review of the order. For a copy of Judge Mohr's well reasoned opinion, click here. The case is now in mediation.

Security guard licensing: firm achieves significant public benefit

February 2009 -- PE&G settled a bouncer violence case against the owner and operator of a number of popular San Francisco nightclubs and the security guard company that employed the bouncer. The firm's client, a prominent San Francisco attorney and teacher at Hastings College of the Law, was brutally assaulted by a security guard and busboy at the club. The security guard was unlicensed, in violation of state licensing laws, which require, among other things, a criminal background check. The firm's investigation revealed that the guard had a long record of convictions for violent crimes. The complaint alleged assault and battery and violation of the state security guard licensing statutes and unfair competition laws. The case settled before trial for a confidential amount and an agreement by the club owners only to use licensed security guards at all of their clubs.