May 23, 2013
The Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield represented the Plaintiffs, who owned an apartment building which was severely vandalized. Before the vandalism, Plaintiffs hired a security company to protect the property. In addition, Plaintiffs purchased an insurance policy with a major insurance company for the apartment building. Plaintiffs alleged that the security company failed to guard the property, and as a direct result, it was vandalized, causing substantial property damage. Plaintiffs submitted a claim to their insurer, but the insurer denied the claim. Plaintiffs alleged that the denial of the claim was wrongful and in bath faith. Plaintiffs settled their case against the security company for $350,000, and their case against the insurer for $150,000, for a total of $500,000.
April 10, 2013
Attorney Janice Walshok represented the owner of a classic 1968 Corvette Stingray that was stolen while it was awaiting repair at Dependable Carburetor. The owner reported the loss to his insurer, who paid the owner what he believed was significantly less than the value of his prized Corvette. The owner sued the insurer for insurance bad faith and Dependable Carburetor for the loss of his rare vintage automobile. Ms. Walshok negotiated a satisfactory confidential settlement with the insurer, leaving Dependable Carburetor as the only defendant. She then made a Section 998 settlement offer to Dependable Carburetor on the plaintiff/owner’s behalf for $29,999.99. Dependable Carburetor countered with a 998 offer for $5,000. The jury found in favor of the Plaintiff on his breach of bailment claim and awarded him $15,378.00. The law firm also secured an additional $4,787.00 in costs against Dependable Carburetor.
March 6, 2013
With the goal of making the victims of a traumatic accident whole, the Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield undertook to represent a husband and wife who had been injured while taking a leisurely Sunday drive on their motorcycle. Defendant, who was driving an automobile, made a sudden and unexpected left turn in front of Plaintiffs’ motorcycle. Plaintiffs were thrown from their motorcycle and sustained significant bodily juries, including a punctured lung, multiple fractured ribs, a fractured clavicle and a broken scapula. The husband underwent a painful nerve graft surgery and the wife underwent knee surgery for her torn meniscus.
February 8, 2013
The matter proceeded to appeal before the Second District Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s judgment dismissing the Plaintiffs’ lawsuit for misjoinder and the case was remanded. Thirteen out of fourteen plaintiffs settled their lawsuit for a grand sum of approximately $25,000. One plaintiff voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit before the case went on appeal.
December 17, 2012
Kenneth Greenfield and Alexandra Selfridge prevailed at trial while representing the sellers of a high performance automotive business. The sellers turned the business over to the buyers, and they began to run the business. Shortly thereafter, the buyers claimed that they discovered fraud on the part of the sellers about the business. As a result, the buyers refused to pay the full purchase price, abandoned the business, and stopped paying rent to the landlord. The landlord sued both the sellers and the buyers for unpaid rent. The sellers sued the buyers for the remaining amount of the purchase price of the business. Thereafter, the buyers sued the sellers for their money back.
The landlord settled its case with the buyers for $50,000 before trial. Also before trial, the landlord dismissed its lawsuit against the sellers. The Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield obtained a defense verdict in favor of the sellers with respect to each of the buyers’ causes of action against them. In addition, the sellers obtained a $152,450.46 judgment against the buyers on their breach of contract cause of action. The sellers were also awarded $223,137.50 in contractual attorney fees and $7,694.65 in costs, for a total of $383,282.61, plus interest.
The buyers were a Limited Liability Company and an individual. Notably, the trial court pierced the corporate veil of the LLC, and found that the individual buyer was liable for the full amount of the judgment. This particular issue is currently on appeal.