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Berenson Associates congratulates the following clients and their support staffs for their recent litigation successes. We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to assist them.

For Defendants:
Jim Troupis, Donald Best & colleagues from Michael, Best & Friedrich
Virginia Medlen, Peter Carroll, Kamrin MacKnight & colleagues from Medlen & Carroll
Russell Johnson from Skjerven, Morrill, MacPherson, Franklin & Friel
Case:
Hoffmann LaRoche v. Promega Corp. (in a countersuit heard first)
Type:
Intellectual Property
Note:
A battery of eminent defense experts (predominantly biochemists) included two Nobel laureates
Outcome:
Federal Court finding invalidated Roche's patent on TaqDNA polymerase (an enzyme upon which all genetic research relies) due to fraud in the patent application. Plaintiff's original complaint was effectively dismissed. The ruling will cost Plaintiff hundreds of millions of dollars--which in turn will be saved by the scientific research community.
Greg L. Johnson, John S. Poulos, Jennifer L. McQuarrie and colleagues from Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro.
Case:
LRFI v. Comerica Bank
Type:
Breach of Contract
Outcome:  
Jury verdict for the defense
Steven C. Mitchell & colleagues from Geary, Shea, O'Donnell & Grattan
Case:
Noble v. Ukiah Police Department
Type:
Wrongful Death
Outcome:  
Jury verdict for the defense
Jason P. Gonzales and colleagues from the San Francisco Attorney's Office
Case:
S. Martha v. City of San Francisco
Type:
Personal Injury
Outcome:  
Jury verdict for the defense
Russell J. Smith and colleagues from Haight, Brown & Bonesteel
Case:
Clay v. San Francisco Giants
Type:
Racial Discrimination
Outcome:  
Jury verdict for the defense
Michael P. Bradley, Alexander J. Berline and colleagues from Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney
Case:
Novak v. Acceptance Insurance Co.
Type:
Legal Malpractice
Outcome:  
Jury verdict for the defense
L. Jay Pedersen, Michelle M. Yoshida and colleagues from Bledsoe, Cathcart, Diestel & Pedersen
Case:
Willden v. Mann
Type:
Landlord/Tenant Dispute
Outcome:  
Bench trial finding for the defense
Robert P. Feldman, Rodney G. Strickland, Jr., Cynthia T. Bright and colleagues from Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
Case:
Kingsbury v. CyberMedia
Type:
Stock Option Dispute
Outcome:  
Jury verdict for the defense
Richard S. Diestel, Alison M. Fee and colleagues from Bledsoe, Cathcart, Diestel & Pedersen
Case:
Wilson v. Avon
Type:
Product Liability
Outcome:  
Favorable settlement for defense
L. Jay Pedersen, Michelle M. Yoshida and colleagues from Bledsoe, Cathcart, Diestel & Pedersen
Case:
Diaz/Oliveras v. Richards
Type:
Landlord/Tenant Dispute
Outcome:  
Jury verdict for the defense
Blake P. Loebs & colleagues from the San Francisco Attorney's Office
Case:
Dempster v. City of San Francisco
Type:
Personal Injury
Outcome:  
Jury verdict for the defense
Richard S. Diestel, Alison M. Fee and colleagues from Bledsoe, Cathcart,Diestel & Pedersen
Case:
Ziegler v. Smith
Type:
Unfair Commercial Competition
Outcome:  
Favorable settlement for defense
For Plaintiffs:
John M. Feder, Timothy G. Tietjen and colleagues from Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & Zanobini
Case:
Hammerli v. Novelact
Type:
Negligence/Personal Injury
Outcome:  
$7 million settlement
Michael A. Kelly and colleagues from Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Echeverria
Case:
The Estate of RCH v. UpRight Corp. and US Rents
Type:
Product Liability
Outcome:  
$10 million settlement
Stephen M. Murphy and colleagues from the Law Offices of Stephen M. Murphy
Case:
Cohan v. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
Type:
Medical Malpractice
Outcome:  
$2.6 million settlement
John P. Echeverria, Richard H. Schoenberger and colleagues from Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Echeverria
Case:
Papillon v. Conco
Type:
Personal Injury
Outcome:  
$2.5 million settlement
Michael P. Bradley and colleagues from Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney
Case:
Clemco v. TransAmerica
Type:
Environmental Coverage
Outcome:  
7-figure settlement plus determination of coverage worth several million dollars
Dane J. Durham, Walter H. Walker, III and colleagues from Walker & Durham
Case:
Brown v. Webcor
Type:
Negligence (construction design)
Outcome:  
$1.2 million settlement
Jeffrey Holl and colleagues from Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Echeverria
Case:
Jacob v. Fischer
Type:
Personal Injury (vehicular)
Outcome:  
Jury verdict awarding $650,000 to plaintiff
Richard H. Schoenberger, Michael Recupero and colleagues from Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Echeverria
Case:
O'Cain v. Basu
Type:
Medical Malpractice
Outcome:  
Jury verdict awarding $995,000 to plaintiff
Timothy G. Tietjen, John M. Feder and colleagues from Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & Zanobini
Case:
LaPlante v. [manufacturer of industrial tools]
Type:
Product Liability
Outcome:  
Confidential 7-figure settlement
Richard H. Schoenberger, Douglas S. Saeltzer and colleagues from Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Echeverria
Case:
DeRose v. Schwan's
Type:
Personal Injury
Outcome:  
$300,000 settlement
Mark Zanobini and colleagues from Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & Zanobini
Case:
Smith v. Camp Sylvester, et al.
Type:
Personal Injury
Outcome:  
$240,000 settlement
Michael P. Bradley, Alexander J. Berline and colleagues from Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney
Case:
Castillo v. Hammerblow Corp. & Griffith
Type:
Product Liability & Negligence (respectively)
Outcome:  
$1.8 settlement
Timothy G. Tietjen and colleagues from Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & Zanobini
Case:
Rodriguez v. San Jose Construction
Type:
Personal Injury
Outcome:  
$1.8 million settlement
John M. Feder and colleagues from Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & Zanobini
Case:
Pherwani v. Wayburn
Type:
Personal Injury
Outcome:  
$250,000 settlement
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