March 29, 2021
Orange County Senior Counsel Sean Dowsing is scheduled to present on Tuesday April 13 at 2021 Design-Build Institute of America's Water/Wastewater Conference. His co-presenter is Michael Carson, the director of surety claims at Nationwide Insurance Company.
March 25, 2021
Los Angeles Founding Partner Anthony J. Ellrod recently published an article on the protections afforded to businesses through the inclusion of exculpatory clauses in commercial agreements, especially leases. While these clauses are regularly found in membership or participation agreements, their inclusion in commercial and residential leases can reduce potential liability exposure and provide another layer of protection for landlords.
March 15, 2021
Los Angeles Partner Anthony Cannizzo was recently featured in a Business Insurance article, in which he warned employers about the need to dig deeper into the claims of expert witnesses in COVID-related Workers' Compensation claims. The testimony of expert witnesses can be compelling, sometimes making the difference between a defense verdict and an award of millions in damages for the plaintiff. For this reason, a successful defense must invest time and resources into finding and presenting evidence that challenges an expert's damaging interpretation of events when their testimony is not scientifically certain.
March 10, 2021
Orange County Senior Counsel Sean Dowsing recently co-wrote an article for the Orange County Bar Association in their March 2021 edition of the OC Lawyer Magazine. The article discusses the nuances involved when navigating false claims for sureties and the steps sureties can take to minimize or eliminate their False Claims Act (FCA) exposure when forced to perform under a bond when doing so perpetuates false claims.
March 2, 2021
Los Angeles Partner Jeffrey M. Lenkov, Senior Counsel Robert P. Wargo, and Associate Tanya Prouty, have prevailed on motions for summary judgment in favor of Los Angeles Rams and the University of Southern California. Plaintiff attended a Los Angeles Rams home game with his family at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and was involved in a verbal altercation with some attendees seated in the Rams’ family section that quickly escalated into a physical altercation. Plaintiff filed a complaint against our clients and others stating claims for negligence; premises liability; negligent hiring, retention, and supervision; and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Settlement demand was seven figures.