Rissman Trial Results

  • Marcantonio v. Bluhm
    Congratulations Vance Dawson and Juan Ruiz for obtaining an extremely favorable verdict in the Marcantonio case for Craig Bluhm on behalf of State Farm Insurance Company. The litigation arose out of the rear end collision causing less than $1000 damage to Plaintiff’s vehicle. As a result of the crash, plaintiff claimed he had as many as nine herniations in his cervical and lumbar spine. He underwent a three level cervical fusion and claimed that as a result of this accident and his ensuing workers’ compensation claim he was fired by his employer. At trial plaintiff requested past and future medical expenses as well as lost wages and earning capacity totaling 1,340,000 The jury deliberated for 2 hours and 30 minutes before returning a verdict of $10,970, a figure representing the diagnostic testing and conservative treatment before surgical consultation.
    Verdict Date: May 06, 2016
    Rissman Attorney: Vance R. Dawson Juan A. Ruiz
  • Ali v. Timmons
    Congratulations Vance Dawson and Jeremy Palma for obtaining a defense verdict for Gregory and Mitchell Timmons in the Ali trial which involved an alleged multiple vehicle accident. Ms. Ali was traveling in the left lane and brought her vehicle to a complete stop behind a disabled vehicle. Ms. Ali claimed that she was rear-ended by a truck driven by Gregory Timmons and that Mr. Timmons fled from the scene after the accident. Mr. Timmons claimed that he was not involved in the accident but conceded that he was in the area at the time. He claimed that another vehicle was traveling directly in front of him and stopped suddenly. Mr. Timmons brought his vehicle to a complete stop and then observed the other vehicle merge into the middle lane and pass Ms. Ali. The driver of the merging vehicle was never identified. Plaintiff claimed to have sustained a disc herniation which necessitated surgery. Plaintiff had complications following the surgery and underwent a second fusion. In closing, Plaintiff requested $641,878 in past medical expenses and $16,916 in past wage loss. The jury deliberated 1 hour, 7 minutes before returning a defense verdict finding that there was no negligence on the part of Gregory Timmons that was the legal cause of any injury to Ms. Ali.
    Verdict Date: April 29, 2016
    Rissman Attorney: Vance R. Dawson Jeremy T. Palma
  • Student v. Charter School
    Congratulations Bryan Snyder and Greg Giannuzzi for obtaining a dismissal of a federal discrimination case for a Charter School, School Board and the Principal and Teacher, in behalf of Philadelphia Insurance Company. Plaintiff had alleged that his minor son was discriminated against by the Teacher and Principal based on his race and/or ethnicity. He claimed that the student was not allowed to go to the bathroom in an emergency situation while non-minority students were allowed to leave the classroom. He further alleged that the Student was called a “troublemaker,” was threatened with if he refused to sign a disciplinary form, and disproportionately punished. Plaintiff also claimed that the punishment was reduced only after plaintiff informed the Principal that non-minority students punished differently and that the Student Code of Conduct had been violated. He also alleged that the student was not allowed the opportunity to participate in the NHS induction ceremony, damaging the student’s academic reputation. Plaintiff’s causes of action included violations of Title VI, disparate treatment, failure to supervise the conduct of its employees against the School, violations of 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, and state law claims against the School Board. Defendants moved to dismiss each count for several reasons, including lack of standing and failure to allege the essential elements of each claim. The U.S. District Court dismissed all of the federal law claims with prejudice, held that the Plaintiff lacked standing to assert Section 1983 claims on behalf of his son, dismissed the Title VI claims, and declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over state law claims. The Deputy Clerk for the U.S. District Court entered a Final Judgment in favor of all Defendants and against Plaintiff.
    Verdict Date: April 08, 2016