Jacoby v. Georgetown divide public utility district – wrongful termination/retaliation defense verdict

In this case, tried in January 2017 in El Dorado Superior Court, plaintiff alleged that he was terminated in retaliation for initiating a sexual harassment investigation and “blowing the whistle” on an allegedly illegal financial transaction.  The target of both allegations was the District’s former general manager, who terminated Plaintiff shortly following the revelations.  Plaintiff brought claims under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and under §1102.5 of the California Labor Code (“Whistleblower” Protection Statute).  Richard Jacobson successfully represented the defendant District, obtaining a defense verdict during the third week of trial.  Jacobson argued that Jacoby was terminated for legitimate reasons unrelated to claimed “whistleblowing.”  Before and during trial Plaintiff demanded $250,000 in settlement.  His attorney had argued to the jury for total damages exceeding $750,000.00.  If Plaintiff prevailed, he would also have been entitled to recover attorneys’ fees and costs under FEHA.

Adaya v. Hayward unified school district – public entity defense verdict

In this case plaintiff, a special needs student, was struck by a passing vehicle immediately after exiting from a school bus owned and operated by Hayward Unified School District.  Plaintiff claimed that the school bus driver was negligent in allowing her to cross the street and for failing to activate the crossover light/warning arm system protocol before allowing the students to exit the bus.  She sustained a fractured femur, among other injuries and at the time of trial was still walking with assistance. Plaintiff demanded $400,000 before trial and her attorney had argued for damages exceeding a half million dollars.  Richard Jacobson represented the District and its driver, obtaining a defense verdict in Alameda County Superior Court.

Association with Progressive Insurance as panel counsel in northern California

Jacobson Markham is very pleased to announce its association with Progressive Insurance as panel counsel in northern California. The firm looks forward to representing Progressive and its insureds in a variety of litigated matters.

D. Re DeLong v. Raley’s And Lorina, Inc.

Richard Jacobson successfully defenses products liability action and recovers defense costs.

A.F. Hayward Co., Inc. v. Clark & Sullivan Builders, Inc., et al.

Acting as defense counsel, Patrick Markham successfully settled a breach of contract surrounding a construction project after the second week of trial for $37,500. 

Lisa Edwards v. Michael Johnson, Miller Bros. L.C., JBS Swift

On behalf of an injured Plaintiff, Richard Jacobson settled a motor vehicle accident during the second week of trial for $5,000,000.00.

Cynthia L. Evans v. AlliedBarton Security Services, Inc.

The firm uses Facebook evidence to impeach Plaintiff and exclude a key witness via motion in limine to obtain a defense verdict for its client in a slip and fall incident. 

Dwight Phillip McElyea v. FedEx Freight West, Inc.

Richard Jacobson successfully obtains a defense verdict for FedEx Freight West, Inc. in a rear-end motor vehicle collision.