Defense award in favor of Jim Kjar and Hanna Dunn upheld on appeal

The Los Angeles Superior Court recently upheld a defense award in a medical malpractice case tried in 2019 by Jim Kjar and Hannah Dunn. Please see The 2019 Results section of our website for a detailed discussion of the case. Claimant requested a significant 7 figure award of damages and un her appeal alleged several…

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Erica Levitt and Alexandra Martino’s 4th Demurrer sustained without leave to amend foreclosing non-MICRA claim against healthcare provider

Erica Levitt and Alexandra (Ali) Martino secured a dismissal for their healthcare provider client without leave to amend by way of a 4th Demurrer. The plaintiffs alleged civil rights violations under Section 1983. To be liable for federal civil rights violations under Section 1983, a private party must act “under color of state law.” Erica and…

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Robert L. McKenna III, Michael R. Pittman, and Andrew J. Wiseman obtain a defense award in a $15 million hypoplastic left heart syndrome case on liability in a bifurcated arbitration

Mr. McKenna and his team obtained a defense award for several pediatric cardiologists and a pediatric anesthesiologist. The case was a very complex medical malpractice action involving care and treatment for a minor claimant with the congenital heart condition hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLSS). Claimant alleged that the physicians failed to timely diagnose and treat…

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Robert L. McKenna III, Michael R. Pittman, and Andrew J. Wiseman obtain a complete defense verdict on liability in O’Rourke v. Ali with exposure of $30 million

In O’Rourke v. Ali, et al., Mr. McKenna and his team represented a hospitalist and there was also an emergency medicine physician who was a named defendant through trial. Plaintiffs were represented by Robert Vaage and Elizabeth Teixeira of the Law Offices of Robert Vaage. On January 13, 2012, then 53-year-old male plaintiff woke up…

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