CASE HIGHLIGHTS

CASE HIGHLIGHTS

In this wrongful termination and age discrimination matter, plaintiff sought over seven million dollars in damages against her former employer, the largest retailer in the nation. Plaintiff was emboldened to pursue her case after the Magistrate Judge granted plaintiff’s discovery request for a worldwide production of the employer’s records. BLG appealed the Magistrate Judge’s order to the Presiding District Court Judge, who reversed the Magistrate Judge’s order and invited defendant to file a Rule 11 motion against plaintiff. While Rule 11 and summary judgment motions were pending, plaintiff agreed to dismiss all claims with prejudice in exchange for a waiver of costs.

BLG represented a transit manufacturer in a complicated age discrimination case brought by an employee who was terminated as part of a company-wide reduction in force. After an extensive and detailed analysis of the employer’s actions leading up to the reduction in force, a motion for summary judgment was filed to dispose of the entire action. In the tentative ruling, the trial court denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment. At oral argument, BLG convinced the Court to reverse its tentative ruling and dismiss the entire action on summary judgment. Plaintiff appealed to the Court of Appeal which affirmed the dismissal and issued an opinion that was extremely critical of plaintiff. Plaintiff subsequently submitted a writ to the Supreme Court which was denied.

BLG defended one of the largest property and casualty insurers in the nation in a month-long jury trial where the plaintiff, a former vice president, alleged whistleblower liability. Prior to commencing trial, the parties were ordered to mediation in an attempt to resolve the case. Plaintiff repeatedly demanded a mid-seven figure settlement which he immediately took “off the table” prior to jury deliberations. Although the jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff, the jury awarded less than five-percent (5%) of plaintiff’s demand (which was less than half of what was offered in advance of trial), and no punitive or emotional distress damages were awarded. Plaintiff appealed the verdict and the matter ultimately settled pending appeal.

A former employee of a Fortune 50 company sued for wrongful termination after he was fired for ethics violations. After an extensive investigation of plaintiff’s background, BLG uncovered several misrepresentations on plaintiff’s employment application, as well as in other court filings initiated by the plaintiff. These issues were brought to light during plaintiff’s deposition which resulted in plaintiff dismissing the entire action contingent upon an implicit agreement not to refer the matter to criminal authorities.

BLG defended a Fortune 500 energy company in a putative wage and hour class action, which included an individual claim for disability discrimination and wrongful termination. The firm aggressively defended this action resulting in the class action being dismissed after taking plaintiff’s deposition.

After extensive discovery motions, and multiple mediations, BLG resolved a hard fought case over allegations of sexual orientation discrimination by an executive at a Fortune 500 energy company. This matter presented a unique challenge to BLG’s legal team since plaintiff’s allegations of discriminatory actions were directed, in part, toward a high-level executive who was part of the same protected class as plaintiff. Using innovative and non-economic settlement tactics, the firm successfully resolved this matter at mediation.

In this matter, the plaintiff, a current employee of a Fortune 50 banking institution, alleged he was owed over two million dollars in a breach of contract claim. BLG settled this matter for approximately one tenth of the demand after bringing a cross-action against plaintiff stemming from his misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duties.

Faced with a plaintiff who refused to resolve a wage and hour dispute, BLG represented an hotelier in two mediations, neither of which proved successful. BLG subsequently defended the client in a three-day bench trial in San Diego Superior Court, South Bay Division. Upon conclusion of our closing argument and before defense counsel even took her seat, the court immediately returned the verdict in our client’s favor. The Court also granted defendant its attorneys’ fees based on the plaintiff’s frivolous claim.

In this hotly contested case, BLG represented a Fortune 50 banking institution in a wrongful termination matter. As a result of plaintiff’s contentious discovery disputes and unethical discovery abuses, the trial court denied the plaintiff’s request to depose the human resource representative. Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment which the court granted in full. The trial court’s ruling was upheld on appeal by the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Thereafter, plaintiff filed a writ with the Supreme Court which was denied.

In this shareholder derivative action, the firm successfully settled this matter on behalf of the corporate defendant and individual board members, asserting causes of action for breach of fiduciary duties, an accounting, negligent misrepresentation, negligence, declaratory relief, and removal of directors.

After a few months of litigation in Orange County, Brown Law Group successfully represented a Fortune 100 company (one of the oldest industrial companies in the United States) and negotiated a dismissal of a cross-complaint for breach of contract, interference and other business torts filed against the company in exchange for a mere waiver of costs.

Prevailed at trial and on appeal in a contract and lease dispute against a large San Diego law firm for a Fortune 50 company, wherein the value of the amount in dispute totaled over $120 Million, and the court awarded our client its reasonable attorneys’ fees.

Forced opposing party to abandon her employment action by filing successful summary judgment motions. In other actions, forced opposing parties to abandon their lawsuits through successful initial depositions.

Successfully obtained jury trial defense verdict on behalf of national banking client accused of gender discrimination claim.

Overturned judge’s initial ruling denying arbitration, which led to the ultimate dismissal of a multi-plaintiff lawsuit wherein the plaintiffs sought millions.

Settled the day before trial, an eight figure settlement for 11 business people who were defrauded by a Fortune 50 company, which was represented by 2 large national law firms.

Settled contract dispute on behalf of individual against large communications company for an amount in excess of client’s expectation without filing a lawsuit.

Negotiated hard-fought easement agreement with adjacent land-owner on behalf of developer immediately before escrow closings on multiple residential lots, causing dismissal of land-owner’s lawsuit and release of lis pendens and allowing the developer to proceed on course with residential closings.

Successfully resolved an on-going family dispute in the mortuary business, resulting in BLG’s client obtaining full control of the mortuary business.

Successfully defended slander of title action on behalf of developer client by winning a demurrer and obtaining dismissal with prejudice of the complaint prior to engaging in depositions or other litigation.

Obtained summary judgment for a large financial institution in a wrongful termination “whistleblower” matter and successfully defended the judgment before the California Courts of Appeal.

Enforced trademark rights against competitor who was compelled to change the name of its product and pay a mid-six figure settlement.

In land dispute, prevailed on early motion in limine to exclude plaintiff homeowner association’s claims for individual members’ damages, thereby significantly limiting developer client’s potential exposure.

Obtained a high pre-litigation six-figure settlement for a rape victim against a reality television production company.

BLG represented a Fortune 100 company in an age discrimination claim and wrongful termination claim.  BLG removed the case to federal court and was able to expeditiously settle the matter for a small fraction of the demand.