WSHB, a leading national defense firm, is thrilled to announce a significant legal triumph in the case of Pearland UrbanAir LLC v. Cerna. This decision, secured in the 14th Court of Appeals in Texas, sets a groundbreaking precedent in the amusement park industry and others that regularly employ waivers of liability for minors. In doing so, this decision is powerful authority solidifying the enforceability of binding arbitration agreements with minors who have executed waivers.
In a major legal triumph, WSHB is pleased to announce that the Appellate Division affirmed the lower court's decision in a high exposure labor law case. The Appellate Brief was drafted by senior counsel, Courtney Scharpf, and argued by partner, Cole Munson. In its ruling, the court denied the plaintiff's motion for summary judgment citing critical issues of fact regarding the stability of the ladder at the center of this case.
WSHB’s Connecticut Partner Kate Adams has demonstrated her exceptional legal prowess in the recent appellate decision of Harold Dusto et. al. v. Rogers Corporation et. al., No.45341, 2023 WL 6964115 (Conn. App. Ct. Oct. 24, 2023). The court, relying on Kate's analysis presented before the Connecticut Supreme Court in the groundbreaking 2018 case, Lucenti v. Laviero, 327 Conn. 764, 176 A.3d 1 (2018), adopted the factors she put forth to determine whether a plaintiff employee has sufficient evidence to fall within a narrow exception to workers' compensation immunity.
WSHB is pleased to announce a historic triumph in the highly anticipated decision from the First District of California’s Court of Appeal, which will be published in the Official Reports detailing the favorable appellate holding denying $600,000 in attorneys’ fees.
Partner Stephen Caine was called in at the eleventh hour to represent the client in a request for a new trial. The case involved a negligence claim in which a hired party coordinator fell from an unprotected balcony attached to an “architecturally significant” house owned by our client, resulting in moderate soft tissue damage and three transverse process fractures of spinal spurs. The jury returned with a liability verdict of $1,686,493.46 (which was mostly made up of noneconomic damage award of $1,187,400); reduced by 33% for comparative fault, which created a net award to Plaintiff against our client of $1,179,859.96.
In an appeal involving new evidence supposedly discovered after entry of judgment and allegations of procedural irregularities, the WSHB team rallied for the clients on appeal and successfully defended the trial court's grant of a summary judgment motion and denial of plaintiff's subsequent new trial motion. WSHB's Nick Gedo (Of Counsel in the Glendale office) vigorously represented the clients, securing an affirmation of the judgment in their favor.