Russell & Lazarus January 2019

CASE STUDY A Favorable Result for a Deserving Client Our firm recently won a four-week jury trial for one of our clients, which involved an assault and battery claim against a major grocery store chain. As our client was shopping, non-uniformed store employees started to shout at him. Thinking they were going to do him harm, our client started to run. The poorly trained employees chased him down and tackled him to the ground. This caused our client’s collarbone to snap. He had to be taken away in an ambulance. Later, he had to have shoulder surgery involving a lengthy recovery and was unable to provide for his family. In the wake of this incident, the store originally wanted to press

past and future pain and suffering. They also found the store and their employees were guilty of conduct that allowed for an additional award of punitive damages (a very rare and hard to obtain finding). Soon after the verdict, the store increased their settlement offer to $515,000 in order to avoid the public embarrassment of a punitive damages award. Our client accepted the offer. Trial attorneys Fenja Klaus and Jorge Ramirez devoted four weeks of their lives to fighting a highly successful and well- funded defense law firm with a seemingly unlimited budget. Our firm spent $110,000 in out-of-pocket costs over those four years to help our client, with no assurance we would get it back. However, the time and money was worth the fight to the significant benefit of our client.

charges against our client for shoplifting, but then quickly decided against it when it became clear he hadn’t taken anything. Russell & Lazarus filed a lawsuit against the store, and after four long years of litigation, the store’s best offer was only $65,000 for all of our client’s medical bills (over $100,000) and his pain and suffering. We later discovered the store was relying heavily on the fact that jurors tend to be very conservative within the jurisdiction where the lawsuit was filed. Our client is Hispanic, and it appears they were leaning on the ugly crutch of potential prejudice. The store was hoping the jury would only give our client a bit more than half of his medical bills and nothing for pain and suffering. In their view, our client’s pain and suffering meant nothing, but in the end, the jury thought differently.

The jury came back with a $400,000 verdict for past and future medical bills, and


From Kelsey Krueger, our Litigation Clerk



• 50 vanilla wafer cookies • 1/2 cup pecans • 1 cup powdered sugar • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

• 1/4 cup Sailor Jerry Rum • 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for rolling



1. Place vanilla wafers in a food processor and process into fine crumbs. Pour into a large bowl and set aside. 2. Place pecans in food processor and pulse until finely diced. Add to bowl with wafer crumbs. 3. Add powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and ground cloves. Stir until combined. 4. In a small bowl, mix Sailor Jerry Rum and pumpkin purée. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until combined. 5. Place granulated sugar in a small bowl and line a large cookie sheet with wax paper. 6. Using a tablespoon, scoop out even portions of the mixture and roll between your hands to form balls. Roll balls in sugar and place on wax-paper-lined cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture. When finished, place cookie sheet in refrigerator to chill rum balls for 1 hour. Serve cold or at room temperature.

A warm welcome to four dedicated, amazing, and very fun new team members! From left to right:

Pre-Lit Clerk: Roxy Medina Clerk: Marcus Harkins Receptionist: Cindy Lopez Pre-Lit Clerk: Mitzi Flores

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