Victory Lap:Significant Accomplishments by NAMWOLF PAC Firms
Trial - Voluntary Dismissal
Subsequent to the filing of Motions in Limine, convinced the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois to voluntarily dismiss with prejudice a criminal indictment alleging in 5 counts that a physician intentionally and knowingly used the DEA registration number of another physician in the course of the distribution and dispensing of controlled substances. The dismissal order was entered less than 30 days before a jury trial was set to commence. Case was handled by Anthony L. Schumann, who was assisted by Michael Cohen.
Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer P.A – Chicago, IL office
25-year old Plaintiff alleged back injury with future fusion surgery, loss of normal life, and permanency. Defendant pled to speeding. Defense alleged road rage and discredited future surgery. Battle of the experts! Plaintiff asked for $2.8 million. Jury awarded plaintiff $5,980.49. Susan Chae Corcoran & Renee Ziolkowski tried the case (Cook County/Nov 2015).
Defended class action suit against large international corporation defeating certification of class claims for violation of privacy rights under the Song Beverly Act and California Consumer Legal Remedies Act. Successfully excluded the application of the Song Beverly Act to business credit cards in published appellate decision.
Brought in 4 days before trial to be the lead trial attorney in a case in which the plaintiff was a lawyer with international law firm experience who believed she out maneuvered the lawyers originally hired to handle the case. As the lead attorney, learned the case and forced the evidence to focus on the legal basis of the claims made against the bank resulting in a complete defense verdict.
Obtained a directed verdict after opening statement on a punitive damage bad faith case based on limiting instructions of admissible evidence after filing motions. Plaintiff was precluded from establishing a prima facie case by virtue of the motions in limine granted resulting in a defense verdict after the presentation of opening.
Successfully defended a Fortune 500 retail company in an employment arbitration. Claimant alleged discrimination on the basis of sex (pregnancy), failure to prevent discrimination, failure to accommodate a pregnancy-related medical condition, retaliation and wrongful termination. The arbitrator’s decision resulted in an ultimate finding on behalf of Respondent, represented by Susan Kumagai and Brian Chun, on all claims.
Financial Advisor was terminated, refused to pay notes to employer exceeding $800k, and asserted defenses and counterclaims for over $2 million in damages. After 9 sessions, the three-member panel awarded our client the full amount, interest and attorney’s fees, and denied the counterclaim in its entirety. Attorney: Jose I. Rojas
DeMahy Labrador Drake Victor Rojas Cabeza (DLD Lawyers)
Wilson Turner Kosmo obtained a defense verdict in San Diego Superior Court for a Fortune 50 Company in a wrongful termination and retaliation lawsuit after a hard fought 3 week trial against a prominent plaintiff's counsel from Los Angeles, Carney Shegerian. Plaintiff claimed he was terminated for raising complaints of harassment and discrimination on behalf of other employees, but the Wilson Turner Kosmo team established plaintiff's poor performance lead to his termination. Plaintiff sought millions in compensatory damages as well as punitive damages. Claudette Wilson, Katie Pothier and Jessica Chasin tried the case.
Achieved dismissal of state court action in which former employee claimed automobile manufacturer refused to reinstate employee because of his disability. Just moments before a hearing on the employer’s motion to dismiss based on a contractual period of limitations contained within the company’s employment application, Anne Widlak persuaded Plaintiff’s attorney to voluntarily dismiss the complaint with prejudice.
Successfully opposed union certification election at a skilled nursing facility under new NLRB “quickie” election rules. The process from petition to election took a little over a month and resulted in a margin of victory for the employer that prevented the union from challenging the election. No exceptions to the election or unfair labor practice charges were filed. Cliff Hammond counseled the employer.
Represented railroad in N.D. of Illinois in race discrimination and retaliation action. Defenses were: other applicants were more qualified for promotions and plaintiff was terminated for unsatisfactory work performance. Allegations of statements by a supervisor: "You are not my choice and you're not my kind;" and; when, plaintiff was seeking a promotion, "You're not going to move until you get my blessing to move." Court found for defendant on all claims.
Represented a major University in pro se action in N.D. of Illinois claiming various forms of discrimination, fraud and denial of pension benefits. Plaintiff continued to be employed during the litigation. The Court granted a complete summary judgment.
Achieved appellate victory, in which the court clarified what is required to show pretext and temporal proximity in cases where an employee is terminated for poor performance. The court’s discussion on the use of “me too” declarations is also most helpful for California employers regarding pretext. The Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment in an employment case where the employee alleged national origin, race, age and disability discrimination, retaliation, harassment and wrongful termination.
Successfully defended a major Bay Area City in a case where a sworn officer sued claiming sexual harassment, sex discrimination, retaliation, failure to prevent discrimination and harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent hiring, supervision and retention. Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment was granted in full. All claims were dismissed and plaintiff is not entitled to a recovery.
Represented Fortune 100 company in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in action alleging claims of race and gender discrimination, and violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The District Court granted summary judgment in favor of the employer, thereby dismissing the action. The District Court’s judgment was affirmed on appeal by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Boutwell Fay LLP assisted plan sponsor by advocating for and obtaining IRS approval of a novel approach to correcting an error it had made in administering its 401(k) plan, reducing the projected cost (>$2M) of correction as compared to the IRS safe harbor method by ~97%.
The Lim Ruger team of Bryan Sheldon and Richard Ruger defeated a $13.8 million shareholder dispute/breach of fiduciary duty claim brought by a large manufacturer’s former vice president and obtained a $1.5 million verdict against the former executive on the client’s cross-complaint for breach of fiduciary duty and interference with contract.
Love and Long, L.L.P. represented an agency of the United States of America in a $50,000,000 loan to a non-profit borrower that makes downstream loans to certain enterprises involved in the supply chains for cocoa, coffee and cashews in Latin America, Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Sanchez & Amador, LLP handled a $600,000,000 line of credit facility as legal counsel for lender. The credit was secured by publicly traded technology stock that was subject to Securities & Exchange Commission Rule 144.