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VERDICTS

SARA ROMERO V. ELRAC, ET. AL.,

INDEX NUMBER:106004/05 (NEW YORK COUNTY, J. STACKHOUSE)

VERDICT DATE: MARCH 31, 2008

This action involved a bodily injury claim commenced by the Plaintiff who claimed that she was struck by a car owned by Elrac. However, the driver of the Elrac vehicle denied that she was involved in the accident and instead reported that she made a turn at an intersection and observed the Plaintiff, who was already on the ground. The Elrac driver testified at Trial that she merely pulled over to the side of the road to assist the Plaintiff.

The Plaintiff testified that she was a pedestrian struck by the Defendant’s car, while the Defendant testified that she was merely a good Samaritan who stopped to help the Plaintiff. The Defendant denied that her vehicle struck the Plaintiff. Upon the close of testimony, the Jury reached a determination that the Defendant was not liable for the accident.

MORLEY V. ELRAC AND WILLIAM WALDRON

SUPREME COURT, NASSAU COUNTY

VERDICT DATE: SEPTEMBER 2007

Retained to defend both the owner and operator in a pedestrian/ motor vehicle accident that occurred on a Saturday morning at 2:00 AM. Plaintiff’s damages were catastrophic and included (30) days in a coma and 18 months in a nursing home. At age 48 he was determined to be completely disabled and the demand to settle the claim stood at $4,500,000.00 before trial. At trial we were able to secure a defense verdict on liability demonstrating that the accident was the fault of the pedestrian.

HOWARD BERNSTEIN V. MICHAEL DIAZ, ET. AL.,

INDEX NUMBER 22954/00 (SUFFOLK COUNTY, JUDGE BAISLEY, JR. )

VERDICT DATE: AUGUST, 2006

This lawsuit involved a claim for significant personal injuries arising out of a motor vehicle accident which allegedly caused the plaintiff to submit to corrective back surgery that caused him to lose his business. The pre-trial settlement demand was $750,000.00.

CC&I represented Enterprise Rent a Car and the individual who rented the vehicle arguing at trial that the renter did not give permission to a male resident who was living in the house to use the vehicle. Despite the fact that another car was available at the home, we were able to convince the jury that the Enterprise vehicle was not being operated with her permission. The jury accepted this position and rendered a defense verdict.

JESUS TAVERAS, ET. AL. V. MUHAMMAD AMIR, ET. AL.,

INDEX NUMBER 28477/02 (KINGS COUNTY, J.SHACK )

VERDICT DATE: APRIL 17, 2006

This claim stemmed from a three-car accident, in which CC&I represented the lead vehicle who it was claimed had defective brake lights and had stopped for no reason in the road way while facing a green light. The Plaintiff was a passenger in the vehicle directly behind the lead vehicle. Following the presentation of evidence at the liability portion of the trial, the jury found CC&I’s client to have no liability. The case proceeded to damages with the Plaintiff ultimately securing a verdict in an amount just above $9,200,000.00.

CLAUDIA CELESTIN V. RAUL PEREIRA, ET. AL.,

INDEX NUMBER 5595/02 (KINGS COUNTY, J.VAUGHAN)

VERDICT DATE: MARCH 23, 2005

The plaintiff in this case was a guest passenger in a two-vehicle collision. She claimed to have sustained significant damages to her knee that prevented her from being a professional dancer. She also claimed that she would be required to submit to joint replacement surgery involving her knee. Plaintiff at the close of the damages case requested that the jury award $1,500,000.00 to compensate the Plaintiff for her injuries.

On behalf our client, we demonstrated that there was a delay between the accident date and the onset of Plaintiff’s knee complaints by securing her primary care physician and having him testify at trial. With this testimony, as well as a video tape of her dancing at a wedding, CC&I’s trial counsel was able to convince the jury that there was no claim and the jury awarded her no damages.

URSZULA BIELSKA AND LEON BIELSKI V. SCOTT HENE, ET. AL.,

INDEX NUMBER: 3521/03 (NASSAU COUNTY, J. LAMARCA)

VERDICT DATE: JUNE 2005

This was a two vehicle collision where CC&I’s clients crossed over a double yellow line into oncoming traffic during a heavy rainstorm. Plaintiff was a guest passenger in the other vehicle. After acknowledging the cross-over, CC&I’s trial attorney argued to the jury that our client did nothing wrong and that the rain storm was the reason for the cross-over. The jury accepted this position and returned a defense verdict for CC&I’s client.