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Alexandra Selfridge Presents “Perfecting Motions for Summary Judgment” Seminar to the San Diego Legal Secretaries Organization

May 29, 2012

Alexandra Selfridge presented a seminar to the San Diego Legal Secretaries Organization regarding substantive, strategic, and procedural considerations in connection with Motions for Summary Judgement in California State Court. Ms. Selfridge also spoke about the recent amendment to California Code of Civil Procedure section 473c, which now allows for the adjudication of issues, even if the issue does not completely dispose of a cause of action.

The Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield Is Now Available for Seminars regarding the “12 Month Suit” Limitation Provision in California Property Insurance Policies

August 17, 2012

Our firm’s attorneys are available for seminars regarding the “12 Month Suit” limitation provision in California property insurance policies. The seminars focus upon the origin, purpose, application, and interpretation of the such provisions. In addition, we explain how to calculate the one-year period in the context of a losses where discovery is delayed. Further, our firm provides recommendations for questions to ask during a recorded statement when the contractual limitations provision may be applicable. Please contact us for more information.

The Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield Succeeds in Contentious Trial Regarding the Sale of a Business

December 17, 2012

Kenneth Greenfield and Alexandra Selfridge prevailed at trial while representing the sellers of 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.

The Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield Settles Case Against a Major Insurer and a Security Company for $500.000,00

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.

The Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield Obtains a Defense Verdict in Insurance Bad Faith Jury Trial in Los Angeles Superior Court

May 2, 2017

Kenneth Greenfield and Kate Greenfield obtained a defense verdict in an insurance bad faith trial involving the suspicious theft of an insured’s 2013 Chevy Camaro. Plaintiff insured had parked his car on a street in Los Angeles for a week while he vacationed in Palm Springs.  He gave the transponder key to his nephew to watch over the vehicle.  When he returned, the vehicle was gone.  The nephew still had the key, and there was no evidence that the car had been stolen or even towed by the police.  The insurer suspected fraud, took a lengthy period of time to fully investigate by taking various witness statements and an examination under oath of the insured, but finally paid the full value of the Camaro nearly 8 months later. Before payment was made, the insured filed suit claiming breach of contract and insurance bad faith. It was claimed that the insurance company had unreasonably delayed payment of the claim,  and had caused the insured severe emotional distress by allegedly inferring that the insured was criminally involved in the theft.

After a 10 day trial the jury deliberated for two hours and returned an 11-1 defense verdict.  Plaintiff’s  demand had been $250,000, and the defendant’s Code of Civil Procedure section 998 offer to compromise had been in the amount of $15,001.   Thus, defendant was entitled to costs in an amount in excess of $70,000.