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U.S. Chief Engineer v. Unnamed Defendants, (U.S. District Court, Central District of California) — Confidential settlement: Over $8.9 million obtained from a ship owner, a foreign shipyard and a domestic parts’ manufacturer for the family of a chief engineer who was fatally injured in an industrial accident aboard a U.S. tuna fishing vessel when an ammonia valve exploded.
Baby Doe v. Unnamed Foreign Insurance Company, (Rancho Santa Fe Superior Court) — Confidential settlement: $7.8 million recovered from a foreign insurance company that sold medical insurance to a Mexican national to get treatment in the United States and later denied medical insurance benefits for a premature infant.
Filipino Deckhand v. F/V Legacy (U.S. District Court, Southern District) — $1.25 million settlement. Jones Act case involving an accident that occurred while the crew was repairing and stacking the net on a dock in American Samoa when the net pile collapsed, causing severe fractures to the victim’s right leg and derangement of his right knee.
Samoan Fisherman v. F/V Hornet III, (U.S. District Court, Southern District of California) — $3.1 million settlement in a propeller accident case in which an employee was initially sued by the employer. After hiring our firm, the employer dropped the lawsuit and ultimately paid $3.1 million on the courthouse steps.
Grenadian Fisherman v. F/V Tradition (U.S. District Court, Southern District). $1.1 million settlement for a Grenadian national living in American Samoa who died after he was ordered to jump into the ocean to try to scare fish.
U.S. Deck boss v. Roe Boat owner, (U.S. District Court, Central District of California) — Settlement: $2.85 million recovered for a commercial fisherman who suffered a partial amputation of his dominant thumb and developed reflex sympathetic dystrophy in his hand and arm.
Assistant Skiffman v. F/V Koorale, (U.S. District Court, Central District of California) — Settlement: $2.1 million recovered for a tuna fisherman from the Marshall Islands who suffered a below the knee amputation when his foot was crushed between the skiff and the main vessel.
U.S. Master (Captain) v. Unnamed Defendants (California Superior Court, Alameda County) — Confidential settlement: $2.1 million obtained for a vessel captain who injured his low back in the Gulf of Mexico working aboard a special-purpose vessel when a cargo of gigantic cylindrical steel buoys broke free from their lashings and began rolling back and forth on the working deck, imperiling the vessel and posing a potential threat to navigation.
Costa Rican Deckhand v. F/V Cape Elizabeth (Tri-Marine) (U.S. District Court, Central District of California) — $1.2 million settlement plus past medical expenses and living expenses for a deckhand who suffered a severe shoulder injury when, during the set and retrieval of the net, a heavy steel ring and chain broke loose overhead and swung 60 to 70 feet at high speed, crashing into his left shoulder.
Costa Rican Deckhand v. Starkist (U.S. District Court, Central District of California) — $800,000 settlement for arthroscopic surgery of the knees after jury trial for a deckhand who suffered torn meniscus injuries to his knees during deployment of the life rafts while abandoning a sinking vessel.
U.S. Captain v. F/V Cape Bretton (Tri-Marine) — $800,000 settlement obtained for a captain of a fishing vessel who was assaulted, in the middle of the night, by pirates who had anchored in the harbor of Manta, Ecuador. Six armed men boarded the dark vessel and surprised and overtook the watchmen, guards and crew, holding them hostage at gunpoint.
Minor children v. Automobile Club, (Rancho Santa Fe Superior Court) — $1 million settlement obtained for three minors who suffered personal injuries after a head-on automobile collision in Rancho Santa Fe County.
Yacht Passenger v. Family Revocable Trust (U.S. District Court, Southern District of California) — Settlement: $4 million in a Jones Act case involving the death of yacht crew working aboard the U.S. flag yacht CHARLOTTE B, a 62-foot Nordhaven owned by a family trust. The yacht struck an outcropping of marked rocks, lost power and was driven into the surf line on the remote southwestern coast of Baja California.
Mexican Yacht Boat Owner v. U.S. Insurance Company (U.S. District Court, Southern District) — Settlement: $2.4 million. Bad faith denial of our clients’ claims for insurance policy benefits resulting from the total loss of their 1990 Hatteras 92-foot motor yacht while dockside in Mexico.
Whale Watcher v. Legend (Rancho Santa Fe Superior Court) — Settlement: $1.2 million. Plaintiff was injured during a whale-watching trip in Rancho Santa Fe when she was knocked down by a wave.
Yeung v. Hussein, (California Superior Court, Alameda County) — Settlement: $1.175 million recovered for a bank executive injured in a car accident; the defendant’s primary auto policy had lapsed for nonpayment.
U.S. Master v. Chevron, (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California) — Jury verdict: Obtained net judgment of $1.66 million in a Jones Act, unseaworthiness and maintenance and cure case against the international oil company.
U.S. Mate v. Unnamed Defendants, (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California) — Confidential settlement: $5 million recovered for volunteer worker who suffered quadriplegia injury. Case was dismissed on a summary judgment motion when client was represented by previous counsel. Following a reversal by the 9th Circuit, Banning LLP was able to secure a favorable settlement in a difficult case.
U.S. and other Crews of F/V Chloe Z and Kassandra Z v. TCW Special Credits, (U.S. District Court, District of Guam and territory of American Samoa) — Over $4 million received for several U.S., Croatian and Peruvian crewmen who were not paid their full wages by the boat owner who had allowed his vessels to be seized by the mortgage company.
Crews of F/V Larry Z, Yolanda Z, Milagros Z and Soleil Z v. United States of America, (U.S. District Court, Southern District) — Over $2.5 million received for several U.S. nationals and Croatian crewmen who were not paid their full wages by the boat owner who had allowed his vessels to be seized by the mortgage company.
Crews of F/V Marisa Z and Laura Z v. Caterpillar, (U.S. District Court, Southern District) — Over $1.2 million received for several U.S. nationals and Croatian crewmen who were not paid their full wages by the boat owner who had allowed his vessels to be seized by the mortgage company.
Pacific Telesis Corp. and Airtouch Cellular v. Nat’l Union Fire Insurance Co., (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California) — Jury verdict: Over $5 million recovered for corporate client from domestic insurer that improperly denied a defense and indemnity under a commercial liability insurance policy.
$12.25 million obtained for a family who lost their father in an industrial accident.
$2.5 million plus for a construction engineer whose hand was crushed.
$4.5 million plus for construction elevator operator who was killed when elevator malfunctioned.
$1.6 million jury verdict for a seaman who suffered a stroke from no apparent cause while working aboard a fishing vessel
$2 million plus for a slip and fall injury aboard a whale watching excursion