Carr, et al. v. Emerald Bay Financial —
Mr. Lance obtained a judgment in 2011 for $5,086,688 on behalf of 31 Plaintiffs in a 2-1/2 week securities trial in San Diego Superior Court. The judgment included attorneys fees and costs. Mr. Lance successfully proved claims of Fraud, Constructive Fraud, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Negligence, Financial Elder Abuse, Violations of Business and Professions Code §17200 and Violations of California Securities laws. Before trial, Mr. Lance was able to secure settlements and a stipulated judgment from other defendants for several million dollars.
September 11th Victim Compensation Fund: Arbitration — Mr. Lance volunteered to represent two families who were victims of the September 11 attacks. He and his Partner David Noonan presented the claims at evidentiary hearings held in New York City as part of the Trial Lawyers Care Program.
Cacanindin v. United States of America, et al.: Settlement — Mr. Lance obtained an outstanding settlement in a very tragic and difficult case. Mr. Lance represented the family of an eight year old boy who was struck and killed in a crosswalk in Temecula while rollerblading with his father and brother. The driver was a diabetic who went into insulin shock and ran a red light. Unfortunately, he had no assets and limited insurance. The driver was from New York and had been treated by the VA Medical Center in Syracuse for his diabetes and a heart condition. The physicians in Syracuse prescribed a medication which could potentially block the symptoms of low blood sugar and allow a patient to go into insulin shock without notice. Mr. Lance traveled to New York and was able to secure very damaging admissions from the VA physicians. He filed a lawsuit against the driver and the United States of America (under the Federal Tort Claims Act) based on the actions of the VA physicians. The case involved very difficult factual and legal issues. After extensive investigation and discovery, Mr. Lance was able to obtain $874,000 for the family from the United States, and the $100,000 policy limits from the driver, for a total of $974,000.
Collins, et al. v. American Honda — Mr. Lance was heavily involved in the prosecution of this nationwide class action regarding transmission defects. Honda agreed to provide a transmission-replacement program to settle the case, which was valued in at more than $180,000,000.
Minor Plaintiff v. Hospital X: Settlement — Mr. Lance settled a medical malpractice case against a hospital for the failure to treat bacterial meningitis, which resulted in severe neurological injuries to a 5 year old girl. The case settled for $2,800,000 prior to trial.
Chappell v. McDonnell Douglas: Trial — Mr. Lance represented in a five week trial against a helicopter manufacturer for serious injuries suffered while working for Star-Kist on a tuna boat. Mr. Chappell was flying the helicopter when it began to shake violently and crashed into the South Pacific. Mr. Lance represented him in a product liability action against McDonnell Douglas, claiming that the main rotor hub assembly was defective, which caused the main rotor blade to depart. The helicopter sank immediately after the crash and was never recovered. Defendant McDonnell Douglas argued that the helicopter was not defective, that no blade loss occurred and that Mr. Chappell was solely responsible for the crash. McDonnell Douglas made no settlement offer before the jury returned its verdict. The case was tried in San Diego Superior Court and the jury awarded Mr. Chappell damages of $2,741,000.
Wage & Hour Class Action: Settlement — Mr. Lance pursued a class action lawsuit against a national company for failing to pay the business expense of its employees engaged in outside sales. The case settled in 2011. The average payment per class member was over $4,200 for a total settlement of$4,000,000.