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Springel & Fink trial attorneys Adam Springel and Michael Merritt represent utility company in trial against the Luxor and Mandalay Resort Group and prevail with unanimous jury verdict

Utility company that settles personal injury claim for $300,000 obtains complete reimbursement from co-defendant after six-day jury trial.

Throughout the case, the Luxor and Mandalay Resort Group denied liability. Knowing a large verdict was a significant risk, the utility company negotiated a favorable $300,000  settlement with Plaintiffs and concurrently issued a $199,000 Offer of Judgment to its co-defendants. After the Offer of Judgment was rejected, the case proceeded to a six-day jury trial. In less than two hours, the unanimous jury returned with a verdict that the Luxor and Mandalay Resort Group were actively negligent, thereby shifting the entire $300,000 loss from the utility company to the Luxor and Mandalay Resort Group plus likely attorney’s fees and costs from beating the pre-trial Offer of Judgment. The case was later settled during post-trial motions for $585,000.

To learn more about this case, or the strategies successfully implemented, please contact Adam Springel or Michael Merritt.

Springel & Fink Obtains Order Requiring Plaintiff to Reimburse Homebuilder nearly $900,00

Springel & Fink trial attorneys Adam Springel and Jennifer Fornetti obtain an Order requiring Plaintiff homeowners to reimburse homebuilder more than $869,000 in attorney’s fees, expert fees, costs and interest after beating Offers of Judgment during a month-long construction defect trial in Las Vegas

UPDATE: Plaintiffs sued a national homebuilder for construction defects in Clark County District Court.

After a successful trial, and after defeating Plaintiff’s post-trial claim for in excess of $1.5 million in statutory attorney’s fees, expert fees, costs and interest, Springel & Fink filed a claim to recover its client’s attorney’s fees, expert fees, costs and interest after beating the Offers of Judgment that were extended to Plaintiffs long before trial.

After more than a year of post-trial motions, the Court found that Plaintiff unreasonably rejected the homebuilders’ pre-trial Offers of Judgment and ordered Plaintiffs to reimburse the homebuilder in excess of $869,000 in attorney’s fees, expert fees, costs and interest incurred to take the case through trial unnecessarily.

To learn more about this case, or the strategies successfully implemented, please contact Adam Springel or Jennifer Fornetti.

 

Springel & Fink trial attorneys Adam Springel and Jennifer Fornetti beat Offers of Judgment in month-long construction defect trial in Las Vegas

Plaintiffs sued a national homebuilder for construction defects in Clark County District Court.

The lawsuit involved numerous allegations of defective construction with the primary claim being that expansive soils caused movement of the homes that required repairs of nearly $150,000 per home. Well before trial, Defendant issued a $28,000 Offer of Judgment to each homeowner. Trial attorneys Adam Springel and Jennifer Fornetti admitted liability as to a number of minor issues, but contested the soils claims.

After a month-long jury trial, the jury unanimously rendered verdicts for Plaintiffs of $3,793.20 and $10,586.25, amounts less than the damages conceded by Defendant during trial. Plaintiffs next sought in excess of $1.5 million in statutory attorney’s fees, expert fees, costs and interest after receiving the verdict. Defendant responded that even after adding recoverable pre-Offer attorney’s fees, expert fees, costs and interest that Defendant beat both Offers of Judgment. After extensive post-trial motions and hearings, the Court agreed that Defendant beat the Offers. The case remains pending as to any fees and costs to be awarded to Defendant for beating the Offers. To learn more about this case, or the strategies successfully implemented, please contact Adam Springel or Jennifer Fornetti.

Clark County – Binding Arbitration

Springel & Fink trial attorneys Adam Springel and Jennifer Fornetti obtain a $101,700 binding arbitration award in $12 million construction defect claim and $6 million underfunded association reserve claim

Plaintiff homeowners association sued Defendant condominium converter for $12 million in construction defects plus $6 million in alleged underfunded association reserves.  Trial attorneys Adam Springel and Jennifer Fornetti successfully compelled the case to arbitration after extensive law and motion practice.  In arbitration, trial counsel proceeded to defeat all but a few de minimus construction defect claims on statute of repose and statute of limitations grounds.  Plaintiff then chose to pursue a $6 million underfunded Association reserve claim.  After a lengthy binding arbitration, and a $94,700 admission of liability during the arbitration, Plaintiff obtained an award of $101,700.  To learn more about this case, or the strategies successfully implemented, please contact Adam Springel or Jennifer Fornetti.

Clark County District Court Case No. A557865

Springel & Fink trial attorney Michael Merritt obtains a $59,000 jury verdict in an admitted liability spinal fusion case with a $4.2 million prayer for damages

In 2007, Plaintiff and Defendant were involved in a rear-end collision motor vehicle accident. Plaintiff sued alleging 5-years of treatment that included spinal fusion surgery allegedly resulting from the accident. Total medical expenses were $616,000. During the course of the lawsuit, Defendant admitted liability for the accident, thereby limiting the trial to causation and damage issues. During trial, Plaintiff asked the jury for a total of $4.2 million in past and future special and general damages. Springel & Fink trial attorney Michael Merritt’s successfully argued the client’s case, which led to a final jury verdict of $59,000 for past medical expenses. No future medical expenses were awarded. No past or future general damages were awarded. To learn more about this case, or the strategies successfully implemented, please contact Michael Merritt.