December 2, 2019
Defense jury verdict in suit against marine client claiming unsafe docks
David R. Hunt and litigation paralegal J. Peter Del Valle defeated a claim by a former Long Beach lifeguard/rescue boat operator alleging he was injured when responding to a sinking vessel at defendant’s marina in Long Beach. Plaintiff claimed he was injured reboarding his rescue boat after providing assistance to sinking vessel. The jury did not buy it, concluding in an 11/1 verdict that the marina was not negligent and if there was indeed an accident, Plaintiff was 100% at fault for his alleged fall. The last Plaintiff demand at mediation had been $3.4 million to a defense offer of $125,000.