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January 18, 2019

Following almost two years of litigation, the Fresno office of WSHB has obtained the dismissal of a firm client from two consolidated class action complaints. Both the Micheli and Flannery actions were filed in the Fresno County Superior Court and alleged that the City of Fresno and its contractors were responsible for adverse water quality throughout North East Fresno, damaging resident’s plumbing systems. The proposed class would have included tens of thousands of homes. Our client was a contractor to the City that was alleged to have contributed to corrosion by failing to follow industry standards when installing water meters in thousands of locations. Following initial discovery, WSHB filed a motion for summary judgment arguing that none of the named plaintiffs could prove that our client had performed work on their property. The proposed class representatives therefore lacked both standing and evidence of causation. The motion further argued that under the case of Baltimore Football Club, Inc. v. Superior Court (Ramco, Inc.) (1985) 171 Cal.App.3d 356, 359, the named plaintiffs lacked standing to sue our client in a representative capacity....

January 10, 2019

We're pleased to announce the opening of our newest office in Ventura County, bringing the firm's office count nationally to 23. With the addition of the Ventura location, WSHB enjoys an on-site presence in nine of the largest population centers in the California, the largest state in the nation. "Our impetus in opening Ventura County is client driven, repeated requests for a local presence to service the growing legal needs in not only Ventura, but Santa Barbara and the Central Coast," said Stewart Reid, Managing Partner of WSHB. "We enjoy national recognition as leaders in litigation with a strong trial record of consistent results which has created intense interest in a local presence for this geographic region. Centrally located, the Ventura County office will service and complement our myriad of practice areas including business disputes, labor and employment, transportation, real estate, construction, medical negligence to agricultural exposures to name a few."...

January 10, 2019

Kicking off 2019 are promotions for sixteen of the nation’s most talented lawyers at WSHB. Promotion of this talented group of lawyers comes on the heels of a year where the firm saw continued growth, as evidenced by its recognition in Law360 as one of the fastest growing law firms in the nation. Notably, as pointed out by this national publication, growth is organic from within the firm. Fueling the growth is the raw talent and litigation success enjoyed by this class of rising stars, skilled in handling complex and civil litigation and consistent in results time and again. This year's senior counsel class is national in diversity, reflecting the geography of WSHB's 23 offices from coast to coast. This year's class is comprised of James Chortanian (Orange County), Williams Daks (New York), Cassidy Ellis (Las Vegas), Robert Ferrier (Northern California), Jordan Gaskins (Glendale), Michael Harrell (New York), Anoush Holaday (Northern California), Kimberly Jones (Tampa), Andrew Kleiner (Phoenix), Danielle Kuck (Thousand Oaks), Colleen McCaffrey (Atlanta), Eric Morales (Miami), Samuel Nora (Los Angeles), Herjit Rubio (Riverside), Richard Singer (Miami), and Analise Tilton (Las Vegas)....

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