Secured demurrer with recovery of treble fees on behalf of environmental consultant sued for negligence in the preparation of an environmental impact report prepared for a proposed conversion of agricultural land to residential development. Dismissal based on California Anti-SLAPP statute. Dismissal upheld on appeal to California Court of Appeals. (See Mission Oaks Ranch, Ltd. v. County Of Santa Barbara et… Read More

On March 28, the First District Court of Appeal affirmed Severson & Werson’s success in a 2015 AAA arbitration of disputes between Severson’s architectural client and a local hospital district. In the underlying action, the three-arbitrator panel, rejected the claims of breach of contract and negligence asserted against Severson’s client and awarded the architectural firm more than $3M in termination… Read More

Ward v. Bank of New York Mellon, et al.  (Los Angeles Case No.: BC498730) On August 13, a Los Angeles County jury returned a defense verdict on all counts in this wrongful foreclosure case, tried by Severson attorneys, Kristin Walker-Probst and Jarlath Curran.   They sought actual, emotional distress and punitive damages.   After nearly three weeks of trial, the jury… Read More

Sometimes the best results are achieved through settlement rather than from judge or jury. That was the case where Severson negotiated a resolution on behalf of one of the country’s leading tax-credit syndicators. The dispute involved three troubled affordable housing developments in Florida and a fourth in Illinois. Months of negotiations resulted in multi-million dollar relief for one failed project… Read More

Severson & Werson client Deutsche Bank National Trust Company (DBNTC) prevailed at a three-day bench trial before Judge Richard Jones of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The plaintiff, a mortgage borrower, alleged that DBNTC had failed to perfect its ownership of the loan following origination and then failed to provide pre-foreclosure notices required under Washington… Read More

Severson & Werson attorney David Berkley  recently prevailed on a claimants’ suit for damages under the TCPA, the FDCPA and for violation of common law privacy rights in a AAA arbitration. The arbitrator found that the calls at issue were not placed by an ATDS governed by the TCPA. The arbitrator also found that FDCPA case and common law claims… Read More

A construction consultant managing a multi-million dollar renovation of a condominium project was sued for trespass and conversion after allegedly entering a homeowners’ unit without permission and destroying fixtures and removing personal property.  Severson & Werson obtained summary judgment on behalf of the consultant, with the court finding not only was there no merit to either cause of action, but… Read More

Severson & Werson attorneys gained a major victory on behalf of a shared vehicle start-up in Seattle, Washington.  In a decision entered in February of this year, the Court dismissed a nationwide TCPA class action in favor of the defendant, finding that the contours of “express consent” were broad enough to encompass instances where a customer received a text message… Read More

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