Wendy Mateo Prevails Against Darren Chaker
On October 4, 2012, the California Court of Appeals, Fourth District, Division One, affirmed the dismissal of the complaint of Darren Chaker AKA Darren Del Nero AKA Darrin Delnero on the grounds of his claims arising from the exercise of Ms. Mateo’s right to comment on a matter of public interest. The Court of Appeal also ordered the decision published. The slip opinion is here, and also may be reviewed on the Court of Appeal’s website here.
Anice Plikaytis prevails against Debra Roth!
Congratulations to Anice Plikaytis in her successful defense of the meritless claim by Debra Roth! The Jury, in their eminent wisdom, denied Debra Roth’s claims and found that Debra Roth had received $662,559.55 from Anice Plikaytis. A copy of the verdict can be review here: Verdict 5/25/2012
San Diego Jury Finds Dan Holsenback’s Client Ron Courtois Liable; Judge Denton Awards Punitive Damages.
On December 6, 2007, a San Diego Superior Court jury found that Ron Courtois (bottom of page 30, shirtless) violated fiduciary duties that he owed to inventor and electrical engineer Jesper Steensgaard. The jury awarded compensatory damages in the amount of $20,000, and found that Ron Courtois committed his actions with the malice, oppression or fraud, as a prerequisite to an award of punitive damages. Courtois and Steensgaard agreed that San Diego Superior Court Judge Steven R. Denton would hear the claim for punitive damages at a later time. Judge Denton heard the punitive damages portion of the trial and has awarded an additional $10,000 in punitive damages against Ron Courtois. The statement of decision is located here. Remaining in the suit for determination are the claims for dissolution of a limited liability company (iCoustics LLC), injunctive relief for misappropriation of trade secrets and for unfair competition remedies. A copy of the verdict is located here: Courtois v. Steensgaard verdict. Ron Courtois was represented by the law firm of Holsenback Taylor, by J. Daniel Holsenback, the attorney who initiated the case against Jesper Steensgaard, and then later dismissed the prosecution of his complaint in the case before trial. This is a photo of Professor Steensgaard and his attorney Scott McMillan after receiving the verdict: