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Santa Barbara Jury Returns Defense Verdict on a Settlement Demand That Never Went Below Seven Figures

May 6, 2013

We are pleased to announce that a Santa Barbara jury just returned a defense verdict following a nine-week trial in which our firm represented the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara and three individuals employed by the Housing Authority. The case involved a family of four living in a Housing Authority Senior apartment complex where one of the plaintiffs was employed as the onsite Resident Manager. Claims included loss of consortium, claims of bodily injury and punitive damages relating to the training of employees to handle asbestos and mold in a senior housing apartment complex. With a settlement demand that never fell below seven figures, the Plaintiffs will receive nothing, and will have to pay WSHB’s Clients’ attorneys’ fees and costs. The jury returned their defense verdict after deliberating for less than a day.  
 
Our non-suit was successful in throwing out all punitive damages and attorney fee claims. The night before closing arguments, plaintiff dismissed the three individuals, leaving just the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara in the suit. Congratulations to trial lawyers Victoria Ersoff and Uyen Nguyen!

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