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Trial Win – $20.2 Million Verdict

After 3 years of litigation, attorneys Gregory G. Brown, Mark Higuchi, & Joseph Dankert of Brown & Charbonneau, LLP obtained a favorable jury verdict in the amount of $20,201,418. The verdict consisted of $17,201,418 in compensatory damages, and $3,000,000 in punitive damages. Additionally, the real property transfers were set aside to the extent permitted under […]

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Trial Win – $5.9 Million Verdict

After 3 years of litigation, Brown & Charbonneau, LLP obtained a favorable jury verdict in the amount of $5,909,554 in damages. The jury also elected to award punitive damages, and there is a punitive damages trial set for early January 2024. This case involved a conversion action arising out the theft of funds from a […]

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Can You Sue Your Business Partner?

A California business litigation attorney knows that suing your business partner is not something that anyone wants to have to do. When you file a lawsuit against a business partner, you are making a disagreement you are having even more adversarial. You and your partner are both likely to spend a lot of money, and […]

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CA Executive Order N-80-20

California Executive Order N-80-20 signed by Governor Newsom on September 23, 2020, is summarized as follows: California proclaimed a State of Emergency as a result of COVID-19 on March 4, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and other public health measures continue to affect individuals, business, and governmental agencies. Many businesses have suffered financial hardship […]

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Settlement Offers Under Code of Civil Procedure section 998

A settlement offer made under CCP 998 imposes certain consequences/penalties in the event the offer is rejected and a “more favorable judgment or award” is not obtained at trial, as follows: Mandatory:  A plaintiff loses the right to recover court costs incurred after the offer was made and, in addition, must pay the defendant’s postoffer court costs. The plaintiff may […]

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Employer Labor Commission Proceedings

Labor Commission proceedings are set up as streamlined, less formal proceedings, to allow employees the opportunity to pursue claims against their employers with minimal cost.  An employee or employer is not required to be represented by counsel, and often times is not. While Labor Commission proceedings are generally considered more “employee friendly” than civil actions, […]

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LABOR COMMISSION PROCEEDINGS

Labor Commission proceedings are set up as streamlined, less formal proceedings, to allow employees the opportunity to pursue claims against their employers with minimal cost.  An employee is not required to be represented by counsel, and often times is not.  Here are the general steps required to obtain a resolution using the Labor Commission proceedings: […]

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DEATH OF A PARTY

The Person You Were Suing Suddenly Dies, Now What? The answer lies within the statutory language found in California Code of Civil Procedure and the California Probate Code.  See Code of Civil Procedure Sections 337.40 through 377.42; and Probate Code Sections 550 through 554.  When a party to a lawsuit dies, the opposing party must take […]

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Insurance Claims… Do you have one?

Representing You in Insurance Claims Brown and Charbonneau, LLP lawyers successfully represent both policyholders and insurance companies with insurance coverage claims.  The types of insurance claims we can help with include: Auto Insurance Commercial Insurance Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance Life Insurance Disability Insurance Business Insurance Professional Liability Insurance Officer & Director Insurance Employment Practices […]

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PERSONAL GUARANTEE LIABILITY

Most shareholders or LLC members do not have personal liability for their business debts.  As a consequence, banks and suppliers often do not extend credit to smaller businesses without a personal guarantee. What is a Personal Guarantee? A personal guarantee is a promise that an individual will pay off a loan, lease, or contract if […]

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