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Verdicts and Settlements

Verdicts and Settlements

Taylor & Ring is at the forefront of many of the cases that make local and national headlines. From sexual abuse lawsuits against school districts to mass transit accidents to wrongful termination claims against large corporations, our firm has the experience and resources to take high-stakes cases to trial. Although the defendants in many of our cases have negotiated seven and eight figure settlement amounts, below is a list of some of our successes in a range of matters the firm handles:

Sexual Assault and Rape

$45.4 million jury award

  • “F.M.”, a minor, was repeatedly assaulted by as many as 15 different men between 2010 and 2012. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) of Los Angeles County was aware of the evidence that F.M. was living with a convicted child molester, yet did nothing. This was the #8 award in the State of California for the year.

$42.6 million settlement

  • Dozens of teens were sexually abused by Eric Uller, a former PAL volunteer and Principal Technology Analyst with Santa Monica’s Information Systems Department. The firm represented 6 of the 24 victims who filed suit against the City of Santa Monica, which covered up Uller’s abuse.

$8 million settlement

  • A 15-year-old girl was sexually abused and kidnapped by her teacher at San Gabriel Mission High School. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to pay $8 million in a settlement award. This is the largest individual settlement agreement for a sexual abuse case in the Archdiocese’s history.

$8 million settlement

  • Jane, a teenager, was sexually assaulted by an adult relative one time.

$7.5 million settlement

  • $7.5 million settlement for a female #metoo sexual assault victim against her employer.

$6.15 million settlement

  • Largest sexual assault recovery against police agency in CA; a female was raped by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop in 2010.

$5.4 million verdict

  • Female raped at a West Hollywood nightclub by one of the club’s employees; Club held liable for negligent supervision and negligent security practices.

$5 million settlement

  • Female client was raped by her Lead Driver while working as a student driver for a national trucking company.

$4 million settlement

  • Female was raped at gunpoint in a Los Angeles shopping mall; Mall owner and security company held liable in premises liability and negligent security claims.

$2.15 million settlement

  • Teenage girl manipulated into sexual relationship with male school teacher; school negligently hired and supervised its teacher

$2.0 million settlement

  • Female raped by bus driver after she fell asleep on the bus; Bus company liable for negligent hiring and supervision of the bus driver

$1.85 million settlement

  • Teenage boy sexually assaulted by bus driver while riding bus in Hollywood; boy captured the assault on an audio recorder; Bus company liable for negligent hiring and supervision of its employee bus driver

$1.5 million settlement

  • Counselor at a residential facility for troubled teens sexually assaulted a teenage girl under his care; facility liable for its negligent hiring and supervision of its employee.

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Sexual Abuse at School

$25.3 million verdict

  • A 13-year-old boy was abused almost daily by a supervisor at the Westerly School in Long Beach, California. Despite suspicions of abuse by one former employee, and incidents involving other teachers, none of this behavior is ever reported to the police.

$14 million settlement

  • Two adult women sexually abused by their middle school teacher recovered the largest “per victim” settlement in the nation: $7 million each.

$10.8 million verdict

  • Boy sexually abused by teacher off school premises. School district previously received anonymous letter warning that teacher was acting improperly with boys.

Confidential 8-figure settlement

  • Two girls molested by a school teacher resulted in an eight-figure settlement.

$8.05 million verdict

  • Fourteen-year-old female student was manipulated into a sexual relationship with her eighth-grade teacher. The school district was liable for its negligent supervision of the student and the teacher.

$6.75 million settlement

  • Six boys sexually abused by fourth grade teacher; school principal wrote an untrue “glowing” letter of recommendation for teacher in exchange for his promise to quietly resign from his job.

$5.6 million verdict

  • Teenage girl manipulated into sexual relationship with 40-year old male high school teacher; school district knew of inappropriate email messages from teacher to girl but allowed teacher to remain employed until end of school year and then wrote him a false letter of recommendation.

$5 million settlement

  • In S.M. et al vs. Los Angeles Unified School District, et al, on behalf of a 13-year-old student who was sexually abused by her 30-year-old math teacher, Elkis Hermida. It is the largest payout by the LAUSD to a victim so far.

$5 million settlement

  • Teenage girl abused by teacher who was given glowing, but false recommendations from his prior school who knew he posed a danger to female students and “passed the trash” to get rid of him.

$4.5 million verdict

  • Two girls sexually touched and fondled by third grade teacher; negligent supervision by school.

$3.9 million settlement

  • Girl abused by middle school teacher; she brought suit at age 26.

$3.5 million settlement

  • Several children who attended Miramonte Elementary School (LAUSD) were fed tainted cookies by teacher Mark Berndt, who then took photographs of each child with the cookie in his/her mouth.

$3 million settlement

  • Special needs male high school student sexually assaulted by fellow student in the school bathroom; negligent supervision by school.

$3 million settlement

  • 13-year-old girl manipulated by her middle school male teacher to have oral sex; school had received prior complaints about teacher texting female students.

$2 million settlement

  • $2 million settlement on behalf of a male minor who was sexually abused by a female teacher at a private school.

$1.8 million settlement

  • $1.8 million settlement in Does v. Salinas Unified School District against a public school district arising from a school counselor groping over the clothes and video recording students.

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Wrongful Death

$8.75 million verdict

  • An unarmed 29-year-old man shot to death by Los Angeles County Sheriffs. Montalvo vs. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept.

$3.5 million settlement

  • 38-year-old man killed in truck vs. motorcycle collision caused by truck driver’s negligence and dangerous condition of public highway.

$2.4 million settlement

  • Parents brought suit after their adult disabled son was struck and killed by an out-of-control car as he waited at a bus stop.

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Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle Accidents

$18.6 million verdict

  • Company president allowed wife to drive a company-owned vehicle four days after a wife failed DMV road exam; wife then caused a serious accident injuring a motorcyclist.

$14.4 million verdict

  • Improperly serviced asphalt truck caused chain collision on freeway; two died and a surviving passenger suffered brain damage.

$5.6 million settlement

  • Delivery truck driver injured while making delivery to auto dealership.

$5 million settlement

  • Passenger on a motorcycle left paralyzed after auto vs. motorcycle accident in a construction zone.

$4.3 million settlement

  • Pedestrian struck by vehicle driven by school teacher while in “course & scope” of her employment causing the pedestrian traumatic brain injury.

$4 million verdict

  • Vehicular accident with city-owned truck caused brain damage to plaintiff.

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Train, Subway and Mass Transit Accidents

$4.25 million settlement

  • A man was struck by a Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority train while it was pulling out of the station resulting in severe injuries, including brain injury, traumatic amputation of his left foot and dislocated shoulder.

$3.25 million settlement

  • 39-year-old woman severely injured when the Metrolink train in which she was riding collided with another train in Chatsworth.

$2.2 million settlement

  • Man and child killed when their automobile was struck by a train.

Insurance Bad Faith

$57 million verdict

  • Insurance bad faith action arising from aviation accident which resulted in deaths of three men.

$5 million verdict

  • Company utilized a racially discriminatory policy in handling uninsured motorist claims.

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Dangerous and Defective Products

$13 million verdict

  • 42-year-old truck driver rendered paraplegic after a defective forklift toppled over on top of him while he was making a delivery.

$6.5 million settlement

  • 25-year-old factory worker suffered arm amputation while operating a defective bread dough mixer.

$5 million settlement

  • Defectively-designed power tool malfunctioned causing construction worker’s death.

$4.5 million settlement

  • Worker seriously injured when he fell from defectively designed man-lift.

$2.5 million settlement

  • 40-year-old male suffered debilitating illness after ingesting dangerous over-the-counter vitamin supplements.

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Premises Liability and Dangerous Property Conditions

$3 million verdict

  • 10-year-old boy was severely burned as a result of a public park’s dangerous condition.

$2.1 million settlement

  • Woman died from burns suffered after she fell in shower and was scalded by hot water from a dangerous water heater in her apartment building.

$1.75 million settlement

  • 78-year-old women sustained multiple fractures after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while walking into a medical center. The walkway to the medical building driveway was dangerous in its design because it placed pedestrians at risk to be hit by cars.

$1.5 million settlement

  • 20-year-old man fell to death from apartment building walkway due to a missing railing removed by construction crews during remodel; action brought by decedent’s parents who lived in Mexico and had not seen son in several years.

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Dangerous Public Roads

$5 million settlement

  • A 52-year-old woman left paralyzed after an auto versus motorcycle accident in a CALTRANS construction zone which was a dangerous condition of public property.

$3.7 million verdict

  • Dangerous road design led to death of 10-year-old boy and amputation of adult’s leg.

$3.5 million settlement

  • 38-year-old man killed in truck vs. motorcycle collision caused by truck driver’s negligence and dangerous condition of public highway.

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Traumatic Brain Injury

$4.3 million settlement

  • Pedestrian struck by vehicle driven by school teacher while in “course & scope” of her employment causing the pedestrian traumatic brain injury.

$3.25 million settlement

  • Adult female suffered serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury, in Metrolink train accident in Chatsworth

Employment Discrimination and Wrongful Termination of Employment

$1.8 million verdict

  • Male business executive discharged from his job because of age-bias by Japanese executives.

$1.14 million verdict

  • African-American surgeon was discharged from job after purchasing a new home in his boss’s neighborhood; boss did not want minorities moving into his neighborhood and fired surgeon with hope that surgeon would then be forced to move from neighborhood.

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Civil Rights Violations and Police Misconduct

$8.75 million verdict

  • An unarmed 29-year-old man shot to death by Los Angeles County Sheriffs.

$7.4 million settlement

  • $7.4 million settlement in Samuel Chang v. Carpenter, et al., on behalf of individual who was attacked on Halloween night by two off duty firefighters and three other individuals.

$4.6 million settlement

  • $4.6 million settlement in Bowers v. County of Los Angeles, where an unarmed man was shot and killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy.

$6.75 million settlement

  • Violation of civil rights by City.

$3.3 million verdict

  • High speed pursuit by Border Patrol Agents caused multiple deaths; violation of civil rights by U.S. Border Patrol.

$2.7 million verdict

  • 15-year old boy shot by police due to improper suspect pursuit techniques.

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Bullying in Schools

$1.35 million settlement

  • Student bullied by his classmates to the point where he overdosed on medication in an attempted suicide; negligence on the school’s part in its failure to enforce its anti-bullying policy and in its failure to properly investigate bullying allegations.
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