RECENT FIRM ANNOUNCEMENTS

October 04, 2012 - Darren Chaker, a vexatious litigant with a criminal history, failed in his appeal of the dismissal of his SLAPP suit against the Firm's client Wendy Mateo.

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.

May 25, 2012 - Congratulations to Firm Client Anice Plikaytis on her Jury Verdict!

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

August 05, 2011 - A McMillan Law Firm client successfully completed a 19 day jury trial, and received a verdict significantly below his statutory offer to compromise!

A Riverside County (Indio) returned a verdict for approximately $41,000 against the client of the firm following a harrowing 19 day jury trial.  The McMillan Law Firm represented the defendant in a case where the plaintiff sought nearly a half a million dollars against the Firm’s client.  In March of 2011, the Firm client made a statutory offer to compromise for $100,000.

July 22, 2011 - Superior Court Judge dismisses three of six counts against client Kathleen Sterling as they violate her rights to Free Speech.

On March 3, 2011, Tri-City Healthcare District filed the lawsuit against Hon. Kathleen Sterling, Director, seeking $100,000 in damages, based on the same set of facts that Tri City based its earlier restraining order proceedings upon. The suit alleged, in part, that her comments and actions were damaging the hospital’s business reputation and that she had injured several hospital personnel during an incident before a board meeting on Feb. 24.  Superior Court judge in Vista issued a ruling on July 22, 2011, that struck down part of a civil lawsuit filed by Tri-City Medical Center against board member Kathleen Sterling on that grounds that it appears to violate her constitutional right to free speech. Judge Earl H. Maas ruled three of six counts in the suit are attempts to stop her from participating in hospital board meetings and speaking about hospital-related business. The counts affected by the judge’s ruling are trespassing, injury to Tri-City’s business reputation and a request to legitimize seven sanctions against Sterling.  Although stayed pending the outcome of the appeal on the denial of the restraining orders, three additional counts of battery, assault and negligence are substantively unaffected by the judge’s ruling.

 

April 04, 2011 - Client Kathleen Sterling defeats efforts to keep her from her post at Tri City Healthcare District

A judge refused Monday, April 4, 2011, to grant permanent restraining orders against Tri-City Healthcare District Director Kathleen Sterling, saying there was no clear and convincing evidence that Sterling posed a risk to the safety of board members or employees at the Oceanside medical center.  Scott McMillan and Kerry Eskenas represented Director Sterling against lawyers of the tony Procopio law firm of San Diego.

May 11, 2011 - The Firm congratulates client Richard Cervantes on his seven-figure jury verdict, which included punitive damages.

Following a three week jury trial, the McMillan Law Firm’s client Dr. Richard Cervantes prevailed on his contract and fraud claims against the defendant Jose Albert Molina.  Jury awarded contract damages of $30,200. False Promise damages of $1,195,000, with the components of economic $45,000, non-economic $250,000, and punitive of $900,000.

December 06, 2007 - Firm client Jesper Steensgaard obtains a verdict, with instructions for a punitive damage determination against Ron Courtois here.

Firm client Jesper Steensgaard obtains a verdict, with instructions for a punitive damage determination against Ron Courtois arising from Courtois’s breaches of fiduciary duty.  The trial involved eleven court days, plus 12 hours of deliberation by the jury.  The verdict is available here.  A very happy client and his attorney.

November 01, 2007 - San Diego North County Jury finds liability and awards damages against Verizon Directories Sales-West Inc. See verdict!

Following an eight day jury trial, and two and a half days of deliberations, a San Diego County Jury found Verizon / Idearc Directories Sales West Inc. liable for wage payment violations and conversion.  Verizon / Idearc willfully failed to pay wages when due and a commission when due, resulting in waiting time penalties.  Additionally, the jury found that the defendant committed a conversion, resulting in $47,000 in non-economic damages to the plaintiff, Sean Ryan.  Scott McMillan, Shawn McMillan and Bethsaida Obra represented Mr. Sean Ryan.  The Jury’s verdict is here.

July 02, 2007 - The McMillan Law Firm welcomes Adam Case

The McMillan Law Firm is pleased to announce that Adam Case has joined our team.  Adam will be functioning as the Firm’s legal assistant and comes to use with a Bachelor of Arts fron the University of San Diego.

July 01, 2007 - Farewell and congratulations to Bryan Rho on his departure from the Firm and move in-house

The McMillan Law Firm bids Bryan Rho farewell.  Bryan recently accepted a position as in-house counsel with a San Diego based software company that specializes in developing regulatory compliance risk management software and web based training solutions for the financial services industry.  Bryan has been an invaluable member of the team and played a pivotal role in the Firm’s success.  Bryan will be missed.