Successful Case Highlights

ELIMINATE DEFECTS
IN WATERCRAFT

$7.25 million jury verdict for a client, paralyzed from the waist down following a jet ski collision, against the manufacturer and the other driver for a defect in the design, off-throttle breaking, and speed. The first successful case of a claim against a jet ski manufacturer for off-throttle steering resulting in interest and changes instituted by the US Coast Guard. Off-throttle rudders are now manufactured and offered as a result of this case to prevent the most common form of jet ski collisions. (Cuenllas v. Yamaha, Los Angeles Superior Court)

TAKE ON CORRUPT
PUBLIC OFFICIALS

$4.25 million jury verdict for three Fresno State Police Officers against Fresno State for racial discrimination and harassment. A case of reverse discrimination resulting in a published decision, with discussion of Murray as a trial advocate. (Horsford v. Board of Trustees, (2005) 132 CalApp.4th 359) With Murray’s assistance and guidance, clients complaints led to one of the officials, the former police chief, convicted of three felonies. Background checks on Police Chiefs and a system for reporting and investigating police wrong-doing are now standard practice in state law enforcement agencies.

HIDDEN DISEASES
IN RESTAURANTS

$1.6 million jury verdict for a woman who developed a systemic, potentially fatal infection (MRSA) and suffered extreme emotional distress when her employer forced her to walk through raw human sewage while waiting on tables in an adjacent room. When she sought help for her injuries, her employer then fired her for seeking an attorney. (Bailey v. Foodmaker, Alameda County Superior Court) As a result the restaurant in issue was torn down and property now used for public good. Potential future contamination eliminated to others who would have unknowingly eaten in that restaurant.

MAKING
HIGHWAYS SAFE

Six figure settlement of wrongful death on “black ice” on Highway 37, with pressure at the California State Senate resulting in first instance, over Caltran's objection, of barricades as dividers on a single lane road in California to reduce head on collisions. (Poulos v. State of California, Solano County Superior Court) The result of this case forced Caltrans to address the kill rate of Highway 37 by installing a traffic barricade which has statistically reduced the number of deaths along that stretch of Highway 37. Hundreds of lives have been saved as a result.

COLLABORATE
VS. LITIGATE

Successfully advised a Canadian high-tech corporation threatened with a lawsuit for interfering with a competitor’s IPO, resulting in a sizable cash payment to the Canadian corporation as well as a significant increase of that company’s shareholder position in that competitor corporation.

ACHIEVE RESULTS
WHILE REDUCING COSTS

Successfully settled a nationwide class action case for millions of “pay for television” network users with results for all of them while maintaining a strict cost control in achieving the results. (Fiol v. Phillips Electronics North America, Marin County Superior Court)

JUSTICE IN THE
WORKPLACE FOR ALL

Multiple six-figure settlement negotiated for women whose employer practiced glass-ceiling gender discrimination, and others for harassment, while at the same time defending those wrongfully accused of discrimination and harassment. (Confidential settlement, Sonoma County Superior Court)

DEFENDING THE
FALSELY ACCUSED

Defended union officials from racketeering charges, copyright, and conversion in four suits, securing orders for the plaintiffs to pay our clients due to frivolous suits violating the rights of union officials. (Pecot v. Wong, (federal and state court) SFDSA v. Wong, (federal and state court))

ADDRESSING ABUSE BY
WEALTHY & POWERFUL

In a high-profile case, sued F. Lee Bailey for liable for false statements and defamation made in a book authored by Mr. Bailey. The case settled on terms that remain confidential.

WORK PLACE
PRIVACY

Class Action case against employers who force employees to take "random" drug tests when the employees work product is not in issue. Protecting the employee from "big brother" syndrome where employers feel they have a right to investigate and dominate every aspect of an employees life, even where the police dare not go. (Hezzack Daniels v. Recology, San Francisco Superior Court)

COMMUNITY ACTION TO
REDUCE DRUNK DRIVING

In 1983 volunteered as legal counsel and Vice President to the Bay Area Chapter of Mother's Against Drunk Drivers in the formation of programs and educational outreach for use by Bay Area MADD, including successfully implementing a speaker's bureau and engaging volunteer nationwide ad agencies for a nationwide ad campaign. This in conjunction with lawsuits and jury trials to hold the intoxicated driver accountable. (Sharon Abangan v. Dentist, Alameda County Superior Court)
Numerous claims for injuries against drivers under the influence in numerous courts. (Alameda, San Mateo, etc.)

Numerous claims for collisions involving death and bodily injury.

Numerous claims for racial, age, gender and orientation discrimination.