Ronald Zurek (Senior Partner/Los Angeles). In a case with rather unusual and dramatic facts and claims, Ron defended a women who was sued for punitive and other damages when the car she was driving at high freeway speeds veered into the center divider and then collided with other cars, thereby injuring her passenger/boyfriend. He claimed that the defendant, suffering from depression and having mixed alcohol and medication, was trying to commit suicide as she had done repeatedly in the past.
The defense focused upon the plaintiff’s own conduct. Ron was able to prove that it was, in fact, the man’s own intoxication and conduct that caused the accident. A jury took only 20 minutes to fully acquit the defendant and because plaintiff had previously failed to accept a modest settlement proposal that had been offered, he will now actually owe our client over $17,000 in costs.