Our Firm's Results

  • $80 Million

    Catastrophic Injury,Industrial Accidents

    Oil company ignores toxic chemical leak for weeks; exposes 6,000 local residents to dangerous compound that causes ongoing respiratory problems. Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook helps victims recover $80 million.

    This class action case involved Unocal, a global oil and natural gas company with operations in Rodeo, California. Six thousand area residents were exposed to an odorless chemical compound leak over a 16-day period in 1994. Similar to a prolonged catacarb leak in 1994, Unocal management was fully aware of the dangerous problem and chose to ignore it in order to meet production schedules.

    The toxic exposure caused Plaintiffs serious medical problems, including asthma, chronic coughing, upper respiratory irritation, nausea, eye and skin irritation, and neurological problems such as memory loss. Many Plaintiffs suffer from lingering health problems.

    Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook worked with various industry and medical experts to demonstrate the Defendant's liability and the Plaintiff's damages. The firm helped 600 Plaintiffs attain their share of an $80 million recovery.

    Related News Articles

    Unocal Will Settle Suits for $80 Million
    Erin Hallissy, San Francisco Chronicle, April 15, 1997
    "'94 toxic leak in Rodeo made 6,000 sick"

    Get Ready, Get Set, Litigate
    Michael Meadows, The Recorder, March 1, 2003
    "Establishing liability in a toxics case is relatively easy. But that's only the beginning."

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  • $20 Million

    Child Sexual Abuse

    Victims of clergy sexual abuse speak out in adulthood after years of silent suffering. Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook helps victims recover over $20 million decades after the crimes were committed.

    This case involved several adult Plaintiffs who were sexually abused in their youth by clergy members. The sexual abuse caused extreme emotional injuries that resulted in dysfunctional lifestyles. The Plaintiffs were abused between the years 1965 and 1980. Some of the Plaintiffs were as old as 68. Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook helped protect would-be victims by exposing the abuse and recovered in excess of $20 million for the emotional distress they suffered.

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  • $13.7 Million

    Truck Accidents

    A jury returned a verdict for $13.7 million for three families affected by a tragic trucking accident. The three victims left behind their spouses along with a total of 7 children. The family of a 54 year old mother of three who was killed in the trucking accident, who Andrew Schwartz represented, received $5.2 million.

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  • $8.3 Million

    Truck Accidents

    Our client was a man in his 40’s who was struck by a truck in Alameda County, suffering severe injuries. CMSC sued the driver’s employer and others and was able to settle the matter for $8,295,000.

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  • $7.5 Million

    Car Accidents

    Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook represented a family of four whose car was hit by a van that had crossed the center divider of highway 101 in Mendocino County. The father and one of the daughters were killed. A second daughter was injured. A lawsuit was filed in Sonoma County and the case settled for a total of 7.5 million dollars.
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  • $5.37 Million

    Truck Accidents

    A 61 year old grandmother was hospitalized for two months after sustaining head injuries when a semi-truck traveling 60 MPH, and carrying a full cargo, rear-ended the S.U.V. in which she was a passenger. CMSC was able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $5,375,000 on her behalf.
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  • $5 Million

    Medical Malpractice

    51 year old business executive suffered paraplegia as a result of misdiagnosis of head injury.
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  • $4.95 Million

    Aviation Accidents

    $4.95 Million Recovery in Sexual Harassment/Discrimination Case Against Police Department, 2009 - Sexual discrimination against female police officers by Bay Area police agency.

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  • $4.6 Million

    Building Fires,Wrongful Death

    Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook helped the Family of firefighter Scott Desmond recover a $4.6 million settlement in wrongful death suit.

    The family of a Contra Costa Fire District engineer who was one of four killed in a 2007 San Pablo house fire received a $4.6 million civil settlement by two private alarm companies, attorneys in the wrongful-death lawsuit said Tuesday.

    "Scott Desmond was a hero and he died doing his job, attempting to save lives, so I'm not happy with the resolution only because you can never be happy in situations like this," said Andrew Schwartz, attorney for Desmond's widow, Carolyn, and son, Tyler. "It's a fair settlement under the circumstances."

    There was about a 10-minute delay between the time Gayle Moore notified a Pinnacle employee through an intercom that there was an active fire in the house and the time the first fire crew was dispatched. A Pinnacle representative called the fire district's nonemergency dispatch line and said there was a fire alarm report, rather than relaying that the homeowner told them the fire was burning. The wrong terminology and incorrect phone line sent the call plummeting down the fire district's priority list.

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  • $4.2 Million

    Aviation Accidents

    Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook represented the family of a 57 year old mother of two and grandmother of one, who was tragically killed in the Chatsworth Metrolink collision on September 12, 2008. Our client was one of 24 people who met their untimely death in this tragic collision that was caused by the operator of a commuter train who was text messaging at the time he was operating his train, causing it to collide with an oncoming freight train.

    Our client was a 57 year old registered nurse and Ombudsman at Kaiser Permanente. She was the mother of two adult children, and grandmother of an infant grandson. Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook obtained an award of $4.2 million dollars for her heirs.

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  • $3.75 Million

    Product Liability

    Collapse of a defective jack stand causes the death of a husband with two young children.

    This case involved a 32-year-old active duty serviceman. The Navy officer was replacing the rear axle of his pickup truck in the driveway of his home. A pair of three-legged jack stands manufactured by the Defendant, Doe Industries, Inc., supported the truck.

    The jack stands had a rated capacity of 4,000 pounds. The Naval officer was only using 2,000 pounds of that capacity to support the rear of his truck. Despite the officer's proper use of the equipment, one of the jack stand legs supporting the passenger's side of the vehicle buckled. The truck collapsed on the officer and caused his death by asphyxiation.

    Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook discovered that these same jack stands had been the subject of an earlier recall campaign due to complaints about the legs buckling under less than the maximum-rated weight. Although the jack stands involved in the officer's death were manufactured after the product recall, Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook discovered that only minimal changes had been made to the design. Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook worked with mechanical engineering, metallurgist, economics, and psychiatry experts to demonstrate manufacturer negligence and subsequent damages to the victim and his surviving spouse and children. The Defendant settled for $3.75 million before trial.

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  • $3.5 Million

    Car Accidents

    $3.5 Million Recovery in Auto Death Case, 2009. Bay Area health care worker killed when struck by oncoming vehicle.

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  • $3.45 Million

    Car Accidents

    Auto rear end collision. Client sustains severe back injury requiring multiple surgeries and resulting in near paralysis.
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  • $3.3 Million

    Aviation Accidents

    Racial discrimination against large food producer conglomerate for failure to promote and ignoring racial insults and threats.
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  • $3.25 Million

    Aviation Accidents

    Private airplane overruns runway during landing and strikes automobile, causing major head injury.
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  • $3 Million

    Aviation Accidents

    Worker dies of severe burns after explosion and fire at local oil refinery.
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  • $3 Million -Building Fire

    Building Fires,Industrial Accidents,Wrongful Death

    Stan Casper represented the family of a victim in a wrongful death lawsuit involving a fire at the Tosco Refinery that claimed the lives of four individuals. In that case our firm discovered the premises owner was more interested in cutting costs rather than using building safety measures required to prevent such a fire.

    The Tosco Fire has been referred to as one of the county’s worst fire accidents. Mr. Casper represented the family, and filed a lawsuit against those responsible for the deaths in the building fire.

    Our firm has a long history success in overcoming defense immunities, and achieving a successful outcome, in fire wrongful death actions.

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  • $2.85 Million

    Boat Accidents

    Young man who fell from pleasure boat suffers arm amputation.

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  • $2.78 Million

    Car Accidents

    Family survives head-on collision, but serious injuries debilitate former police officer. Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook helps family recover $2.78 million damages.

    This case involved serious injuries to a family of three when the Defendant, Jeffrey Hovsepian, was driving impatiently, erratically and dangerously. While in the course and scope of his employment with C&S Distributing, Inc., Hovsepian attempted to pass another vehicle on a two-lane road and collided head on with the Plaintiff's vehicle. The impact killed Hovsepian after his vehicle burst into flames. The Plaintiff's vehicle crashed into a tree.

    The first Plaintiff, who at the time of this accident was a police officer, suffered severe bilateral crush injuries to his feet. He has undergone several surgeries to repair the damage and will require future surgeries that will prolong his disability, physical therapy and rehabilitation.

    The officer's wife suffered facial lacerations, knees and chest pain, and a head injury. Doctors diagnosed her with post-traumatic vascular headaches, neurobehavioral symptoms, post-traumatic stress disorder, status-post major depressive episode, and status-post episodic dizziness. The officer's child was only one-year-old at the time of the accident. The baby suffered a skull fracture, scalp and facial lacerations, and subarachnoid bleeding.

    Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook worked with specialists, including vocational rehabilitation experts, an economist, and a mechanical engineer, to demonstrate the Defendant's liability. Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook helped the family win a $2.78 Million recovery.

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  • $2.75 Million

    Wrongful Death

    Children of a firefighter who died while trying to rescue a couple in a fire in their home in San Pablo, CA. sued the alarm dealer and the alarm monitoring company. There was a ten minute delay between the time the home owner notified the alarm monitoring company of the active fire, to when the first crew was dispatched. The alarm monitoring company also reported the fire on the non-emergency line and described the situation as a fire alarm, rather than an active fire. The wrong terminology and incorrect phone line sent the call low on the fire districts priority list.
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  • $2.75 Million

    Wrongful Death

    This case involves the wrongful death of a 5 year old kindergarten student who was being escorted to school by a teacher employed by the University of California after having been dropped off at a bus stop by a driver for the Berkeley Unified School District.

    Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook was able to prove that the bus driver had dropped the student off at an unauthorized bus stop and that the after school teacher was responsible for picking up the child at the unauthorized stop. The child was then hit in a crosswalk by a truck driver and killed.

    Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook was able to obtain a settlement from the Berkeley Unified School District, the University of California, as well as the owner and driver of the truck for a total of 2.75 million dollars. The settlement included a scholarship directed toward the creation of a computer laboratory at the elementary school where the kindergartner was a student, and the creation of a scholarship fund at the University of California in the name of the kindergartener.

    The settlement also includes formal letters of apology from both the Berkeley Unified School District, and the University of California directed to the family of the minor apologizing for their malfeasance.

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  • $2.65 Million

    Aviation Accidents

    Gender discrimination and sexual harassment involving female police officers.
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  • $2.5 Million

    Aviation Accidents

    Iron worker suffers severe ankle injury.
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  • $2.5 Million

    Car Accidents

    Driver of an SUV lost control of vehicle when she fell asleep at the wheel when returning from a camping trip. She awoke and attempted to regain control, but the vehicle rolled over and plaintiff, a rear seat passenger, sustained a head injury requiring several weeks of hospitalization. Defective product case based on instability of SUV.
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  • $2.3 Million

    Truck Accidents

    Plaintiff was one of several teenagers who were driving in Fairfield when they were hit broadside by a tractor trailer being driven by an intoxicated truck driver.

    Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook investigated the case and learned that the trucking company had hired the truck driver despite his six prior felony convictions. The truck driver was sentenced to prison for 8 years and Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook obtained a $2.3 million recovery for their client, one of the passengers in the vehicle.

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  • $2.22 Million

    Car Accidents

    Our clients were residents of Kenya, whose 31 year old son, living and working in California as a civil engineer, was killed in a tragic accident. He was a passenger in a vehicle whose driver failed to stop at a railroad crossing and collided with a freight train. CMSC sued and was able to settle the parents’ claims for $2,225,000.
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  • $2 Million

    Aviation Accidents

    Five Filipino employees, all with lengthy work history brought an action against their Caucasian supervisor and the company that employed them for a series of racial slurs, epithets and unfair job assignments and job reviews, all of which were based upon their race and ethnicity. CMSC sued the defendants and obtained a settlement of the plaintiffs’ claims for $2 million.
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  • $2 Million

    Product Liability

    Improperly designed state highway contributes to collision of automobile and van.

    This case involved the death and serious personal injuries of two sisters after a two-car accident on U.S. Highway 50 in El Dorado County, California. The Plaintiffs were passengers in a 1993 Honda Civic on Highway 50 when it collided head-on with the 1992 Toyota van.

    The driver of his van had lost control of his vehicle and crossed over the highway into the eastbound lanes after he suddenly hit a patch of black ice. One Plaintiff was seriously injured and her sister died.

    Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook filed suit against both the driver of the van and the state of California. Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook held several contentions of liability against the State. First, the firm contended the highway was negligently maintained and therefore led to dangerous conditions for motorists. Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook also contended that the State negligently failed to institute approved safety improvements that would have reduced cross-median collision and prevented the fatal accident. Finally, Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook contended that the State failed to warn the public of this hazardous trap created by icy road conditions.

    The State countered that the driver of the van did not exercise reasonable care in light of the winter conditions and blamed him for the head-on collision. The State also argued that it had no notice of the black ice on the roadway and claimed immunization from negligence under a government code.

    However, despite the State's arguments, the case was settled after two days of mediation with Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook clients receiving a total of 2 million dollars.

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  • $2 Million

    Aviation Accidents

    Life insurance policy holders fraudulently switched to different policies with higher premiums. Class action filed. Recovery for clients and injunction against future conduct.
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  • $1.9 Million

    Wrongful Death

    University Professor killed in accident by delivery truck on U.C. Campus.
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  • $1.6 Million

    Medical Malpractice

    (Failure to Monitor ICU Patient, August 2011)

    61-year-old female was assigned to the ICU after the surgical placement of a tracheostomy, for which she was totally dependent upon for her oxygen intake. Although she had shown earlier signs of agitation, she was not restrained. During a shift change, she tried to get out of her bed and dislodged her trache. Before her airway could be reestablished, she suffered an anoxic brain injury. Plaintiff contended that she should have been restrained or more closely monitored. There was no loss of income claim because the Plaintiff was retired at the time of injury.

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  • $1.5 Million

    Car Accidents

    Law enforcement officer ignores traffic signals, causes collision, and leaves young woman with severe head trauma. Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook helps victim obtain $1.5 million damages.

    This case involved a 33-year-old victim of an automobile accident. The Plaintiff suffered a major head injury with cognitive impairments when a Richmond Police Department vehicle ran a red light and struck her car. Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook worked with accident analysis experts, rehabilitative medicine experts, neuropsychologists, and economists to demonstrate the cause of the accident and how it impacted the victim's life. The Defendants settled for $1.5 million before the trial.

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  • $1.425 Million

    Car Accidents

    Canadian couple's dream vacation turns into a nightmare after serious auto accident leaves wife disabled. CMS&C helps injured parties recover damages and financial help for the future.

    This case involved husband-wife tourists from Ontario, Canada who were traveling across the United States in a rental car. The Defendant's vehicle struck the Plaintiff's car as it was traveling along Interstate 80. The collision caused the Plaintiff's car to roll over. As a result, the 55-year-old Plaintiff dislocated and fractured her right wrist, which required several surgeries and extended hospitalization. The accident forced the Plaintiff into early disability retirement. The Defendants settled for $1.425 million before the trial.

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  • $1.275 Million

    Civil Rights,Wrongful Death

    A federal jury returned a verdict against the Gilroy Police Department, finding that officers trampled on the constitutional rights of a combative man when they shot and killed him on Pacheco Pass in 2008.

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  • $1.25 Million

    Aviation Accidents

    A California jail staff's neglect of a 35-year-old male schizophrenic's medical needs leads to attempted suicide that leaves him in a vegetative state. Jury verdict finds negligence as the cause.

    This case involved a 35-year-old male schizophrenic who was arrested for several misdemeanors and incarcerated in a California jail. The Plaintiff exhibited suicidal tendencies and was placed in a segregated cell, but the jail staff neglected to ensure that bed sheets were not allowed in the cell. The Plaintiff used the bed sheets to hang himself. Jail staff later found the Plaintiff hanging from his cell. Although he was rushed to a local hospital where his life was saved, doctors said he would live the rest of his life in a persistent vegetative state.

    The Defendants contended that the Plaintiff was solely responsible for his own injuries, arguing they were neither deliberately indifferent nor negligent to his unstable psychiatric condition. However, Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook argued that the Defendants were negligent and therefore the proximate cause of the victim's life-altering injuries. After two daylong mediation sessions, Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook was successful in winning a $1.25 million recovery for the Plaintiff.

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  • $1.171 Million

    Construction Accidents

    Jury verdict in construction accident; death of husband and father.
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  • $1 Million

    Wrongful Death

    Police shoot Asian man to death in front of his wife. Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook helps family prove civil rights violations and win a $1 million recovery.

    This case involved the shooting death of Kwanchung Kao by a Rohnert Park police officer. The tragic event began when Kao returned home after a late night at a local bar where he was subjected to racial slurs. Upset by the incident, Kao began acting strangely, removed his shirt and began yelling, "Neighbors, please help me!"

    Kao's neighbors called the police. Defendants, Officers Shields and Lynch, arrived on the scene in separate patrol cars at 2:16 a.m. Lynch approached Kao in his patrol car in a manner intended to scare him. Kao responded by poking the car with a stick. Lynch asked Shields to remain in his patrol car and called for backup. However, Shields instead exited his car and confronted Kao.

    Kao's wife, the Plaintiff, tried to calm her husband and get the stick out of his hands. Shields commanded the Plaintiff to stand clear and, although he was armed with pepper spray and a baton, shot Kao to death in front of her. The Plaintiff, a registered nurse, attempted to help her dying husband but the officers once again commanded her to stand clear.

    Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook worked with an economist and a police expert to demonstrate that the civil rights of Kao and his wife had been violated. After several failed attempts by the Defendants to appeal the suit, the City of Rohnert Park settled the case for $1 million.

    Related News Articles

    City Settles with Family of Man Shot Dead by Police in 1997
    Randi Rossman, The Press Democrat, August 14, 2001
    "More than four years after a Rohnert Park police officer shot and killed a resident brandishing a fighting stick, Rohnert Park officials have agreed to pay the man's family $1 million.."

    3 Years After Police Shooting, Suit Hinges On How Kao, Officer Seen
    James W. Sweeney, The Press Democrat, April 23, 2000
    "Relying on expert testimony from a retired police officer and a Florida police academy instructor, lawyers for Kao's family say Shields came out shooting because he was unprepared for a physical confrontation. "We don't think Jack Shields should have been on the streets. We're saying that he violated the decedent's constitutional rights." said Andrew Schwartz, another attorney representing Kao's family."

    Widow Sues Rohnert Park Over Killing by Officer
    Bill Wallace, San Francisco Chronicle, February 3, 1998
    "The widow of a Rohnert Park man who was shot to death by police last year filed a $50 million federal lawsuit yesterday against the city, its police chief and two officers involved in the shooting. "This man was shot in his front yard, posing no threat to anyone," attorney Andrew Schwartz said."

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  • $1 Million

    Aviation Accidents

    Teachers sexually harassed by school custodian complain to school administrators for protection and are ignored.
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  • $1 Million

    Car Accidents

    VerdictSearch - Plaintiff is a 41-year old, BART employee. On September 15, 2008 Plaintiff was riding his bike next to the curb on North Texas street when Defendant Barnes, who was distracted by both the noise of his vehicle and his telephone conversation with his boss, made an illegal right hand turn in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 22107, and ran over our client with his ten thousand pound truck.

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