Press & Decisions

Press Articles of Interest

Santa Barbara Independent – September 12, 2016
Santa Barbara Attorney Wins $15.6 Million from MetLife,” Yamamura, Jean.
Plaintiff Had Invested Life Savings in Worthless Securities Promoted by Managing Partner.

Insurance Journal – September 2, 2016
California Granny Who Lost Life Savings Awarded $15M in Case Against Insurers,” Melley, Brian.
“I am so grateful to the jurors for seeing through MetLife’s finger-pointing argument that they weren’t responsible for the loss of my retirement savings,” Ramirez said in a statement issued by her lawyers.

Christine RamirezLos Angeles Times, September 1, 2016
Years after falling victim to a Ponzi scheme, Simi Valley retiree wins $15.6-million judgment,” Koren, James Rufus.
Years after losing her retirement savings to a Ponzi scheme run by a Sherman Oaks money manager, Christine Ramirez could soon get it back — and much, much more.

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Los Angeles Business Journal, Sept. 1, 2016
Simi Valley Ponzi scheme victim awarded $15M, MetLife held responsible,” Stych, Anne.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury on Wednesday awarded $15.4 million in damages to a Simi Valley woman for losses she suffered in a Ponzi scheme and found insurance company MetLife liable for the losses.

Northern California Record, September 1, 2016
Unanimous verdict sides with plaintiff in suit against MetLife, awards $15.6 million,” Phaneuf, Taryn.
The jury has awarded the plaintiff $15.6 million in the lawsuit against MetLife, its subsidiaries and a former managing partner, holding the insurance giant responsible for the losses of a woman who invested in what turned out to be a Ponzi scheme.

CVN, September 1, 2016
BREAKING: Jury Slams MetLife with $15M Punitive Verdict Over Elderly Investor’s Losses in Ponzi Scheme,” Siegel, David.

RamirezNew York Times, September 1, 2016
Retiree Awarded $15.6 Million in Reported Ponzi Scheme Tied to MetLife“, Finkle, Victoria.
A Los Angeles jury late Wednesday said MetLife and two of its affiliates should pay $15.6 million to a woman who said she was swindled in a reported Ponzi scheme that had links to a MetLife insurance agent.

Law360, August 31, 2016
MetLife, Units Hit With $15M in Punitives for Ponzi Scheme,” Salvatore, Cara.

MetLife verdictLos Angeles Times, August 31, 2016
Simi Valley woman awarded $15.4 million after investing in Ponzi scheme pushed by insurance salesman“, Koren, James Rufus.
A Simi Valley retiree was awarded $15.4 million in damages Wednesday after insurance giant MetLife was found liable for losses she suffered in an investment that turned out to be a Ponzi scheme.

Time.com, August 31, 2016
Grandma Who Lost Savings Wins $15 Million in Case Against Insurers,” Melley, Brian.
A California grandmother who lost her life savings in a real estate investment scam offered by an insurance agent was awarded more than $15 million Wednesday in a lawsuit against MetLife and two subsidiaries, attorneys said.

financial fraud caseFoxla.com, August 31, 2016
Ponzi Scheme Verdict
Christine Ramirez told Fox 11 News reporters in a video published August 31, 2016 that justice was done in a recent financial fraud case against MetLife. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded almost $16 million to Ramirez in the case. Watch the video now. Attorneys Richard Donahoo of Donahoo & Associates, PC and Thomas Foley of Foley Bezek Behle & Curtis LLP were co-lead counsel for the case.

Law360, July 20, 2016
MetLife Owes for Agents’ Role in $216M Ponzi Scam, Jury Told,” Lowrey, Brandon.
A woman who was among hundreds of investors claiming MetLife agents tricked them into buying unregistered securities from an alleged $216 million Ponzi scheme urged a California jury Wednesday to find the insurer liable for her losses, saying MetLife allowed its agents to solicit investors for the scheme.

CVN, July 20, 2016
Harthshorne, et al. v. MetLife Inc., et al. Video of a portion of opening arguments case against MetLife,

Northern California Record, August 28, 2016
Attorneys make final arguments in MetLife lawsuit,” Phaneuf, Taryn.

New York Times, May 30, 2016
MetLife Suit Raises Questions of Extent of Corporate Liability,” Finkle, Victoria.

Orange County Register, October 20, 2014
Jury awards $7.4 million to mother injured in crosswalk crash,” Salazar, Denisse.

Wall Street Journal, June 22, 2014
“U.S. Increases Scrutiny of Employee-Stock-Ownership Plans,” Simon, Ruth and Needleman, Sarah E.

Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 20, 2014
Plaintiffs’ attorneys deluge defendants with arbitration cases,” Hautala, Laura.

Anaheim Small Business Examiner, October 12, 2011
Public Works and Prevailing Wages: A Primer,” Cooks, Kato.

Law360, May 1, 2009
LA Contractor Can’t Force Arbitration: Calif. Court,” Lipman, Melissa.

California Lawyer, August 2010
Wage Wars,” Berg, Emmett.

Published Court of Appeal Decisions

Flores v Axxis – “petition to compel arbitration” April 30, 2009

Reyes v. Van Elk, Ltd., 148 Cal. App. 4th 604 (2007), review denied, cert denied;
Violante v. Communities Southwest Development and Const. Co., 138 Cal. App. 4th 972 (2006)

Landeros v. Department of Corrections, 99 Cal. App. 4th 271 (2002)

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