After half a decade of rigorous litigation, WSHB is proud to announce yet another hard-fought victory on behalf of our clients. San Diego partners, Wyeth Burrows and Steven Stutsman successfully defended a commercial tenant and its construction manager against claims stemming from a severe injury to a construction worker during a tenant improvement project.

Plaintiff, a plumber, and his wife initially filed claims against the landlord, its property manager, and others after he was electrocuted by a negligently maintained sign at the property that was not a part of the lease. Plaintiffs sought more than $10,000,000 in damages. After previously obtaining Summary Judgment against Plaintiffs' claims on a Privette motion and obtaining declaratory relief against the general contractor on the issue of a duty to defend, the only remaining claims were those asserted by the landlord and property manager, including contractual indemnity, breach of contract, and duty to defend claims.

Steven Stutsman, remarked, "This outcome is a testament to our unwavering commitment to defending our clients. Despite the complexity and duration of this litigation, we remained steadfast in our pursuit of a favorable outcome for the client."

Continuing the string of victories in this matter, Stutsman obtained summary judgment against the property manager. In the end the Court also granted summary adjudication in favor of our clients as to seven of the eight causes of action asserted by the landlord. The clients and carrier are ecstatic with the results.

"We are pleased with the court's rulings, which have effectively dismantled the remaining claims against our clients," commented partner Wyeth Burrows. "This outcome underscores our dedication to achieving the best possible results for those we represent."

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