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Ronald W. Chapman

Ronald Chapman’s Legal Cases

17 total


  • George Oswald v Clients

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Outcome:
    No Cause of Action
    Description:
    Plaintiff alleged that client, a radiologist, failed to interpret and report a broken wire in a pacemaker/ICD lead following an ER x-ray presenting with chest pain. Several days after discharge Plaintiff’s ICD failed to regulate heart rate and rhythm, resulting in subsequent cardio-respiratory arrest and severe anoxic encephalopathy. Defense argued the standard of care requires radiologists to comment/report on the cause of chest pain and does not require reports on the condition of hardware. The jury returned a verdict of No Cause of Action on behalf of our clients.
  • Heather Swanson v Clients

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Outcome:
    Order Vacating the Verdict and Judgment
    Description:
    Plaintiff brought a claim alleging damage to aorta during laparoscopic surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. Plaintiff prevailed at trial, Defendants appealed and prevailed at the Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals entered an unpublished opinion holding that because Plaintiff’s Notice of Intent was defective, the trial court erred by denying Defendant’s Motion for Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict. The court found that Plaintiff’s NOI was defective for two reasons: 1) it did not contain a proper statement concerning the alleged action that should have been taken to achieve compliance with the standard of care, and 2) it failed to sufficiently specify proximate cause by not detailing the manner in which Defendants’ alleged breach of the standard of care factually or foreseeably caused injury to Plaintiff.
  • Estate of Frances Colleen Meservy, Dec. v Client

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Outcome:
    No Cause of Action
    Description:
    Plaintiff died as a result of a ruptured aneurysm. Plaintiff sued family practice physician (client) alleging he failed to order a CT or MRI five weeks earlier when Plaintiff complained of headaches. Client referred Plaintiff to a neurologist for further investigation, and asked Plaintiff to return if headaches worsened. For health insurance reasons, Plaintiff was unable to see a neurologist for six weeks. Plaintiff never returned to client. Plaintiff died five weeks later of a ruptured brain aneurysm. The jury returned a verdict of No Cause of Action on behalf of our clients.
  • Estate of Christopher Cassidy, Dec. v Client

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Outcome:
    No Cause of Action
    Description:
    Patient was a 16-year-old boy who died from meningitis. Plaintiff alleges that client, an emergency room physician, failed to timely diagnose and treat son’s Fulminant Meningococcal Meningitis. It was argued that medical intervention could not have saved patient and that client was well within the standard of care having diagnosed and begun treatment within 2 hours of patient presenting to ER. The jury returned a verdict of No Cause of Action on behalf of our clients.
  • Estate of Jeannette Brookshire, Dec. v Clients

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Outcome:
    No Cause of Action
    Description:
    Plaintiff alleges that clients failed to timely evaluate and determine cause of anemia, right thyroid nodule and bilateral masses, leading to the death of Plaintiff’s decedent from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. We filed a Motion for Summary Disposition and were denied. We successfully appealed and the case was returned to the trial court. It was argued at trial that clients, internal medicine physicians, were well within the standard of care having referred patient to specialist and having relied on recommendations, advice and treatments made by specialists. The jury returned a verdict of No Cause of Action on behalf of our clients.
  • PEO Wins Big and defeats MESC Allegation of Over $26,000,000 in Unpaid Unemployment Taxes for Alleged SUTA Dumping

    Practice Area:
    Employment & Labor
    Outcome:
    No Cause
    Description:
    Client, a PEO (Professional Employer Organization) was sued by Michigan Employment Security Commission for alleged SUTA (State Unemployment Tax Act) dumping. The MESC alleged that the PEO underpaid unemployment taxes by $4,290,027.99 resulting in a claim for damages totaling $26,627,318.06 after interest and penalty fees. PEO sought judicial relief following the Agency's determination of unpaid taxes for alleged SUTA dumping. The alleged dumping took place prior to July 1, 2005. The parties stipulated the new 2005 changes did not apply. The State of Michigan State Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules concluded that “while the PEO did create new entities and transfer employees to such entities to reduce unemployment taxes, the practice was not prohibited by the Act prior to July 1, 2005”. The Administrative Judge reversed the Agency’s determination.
  • Manufacture’s sales representative settles for $300,000 after Manufacturer falsified sales figures to reduce rep’s commission

    Practice Area:
    Business
    Outcome:
    Settled
    Description:
    Client, a manufacture’s sales representative, brought suit against manufacture when they failed to pay him the agreed 5% commission of gross sales from a large sales contract he brought to the manufacturer. The manufacturer played with sales figures totaling over $8.4 million over several years in order to cheat client out of his commission. After extensive review of manufacturer’s sales records and financial documents, we were able to determine the actual amount of gross sales relating to client’s agreement with defendant and quickly settled just shy of the actual cash value of the commission he had earned.
  • Client Receives $310,092 after Attorney Failed to File Workers’ Compensation Claim

    Practice Area:
    Litigation
    Outcome:
    Settled
    Description:
    Client retained Defendant approximately one month after the death of her husband to file workers’ compensation death claim. Defendant failed to file a claim within the two-year Statute of Limitations.
  • Fed-Ex Driver Settles Claim for $425,000 for a Motor Vehicle Accident

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    Settled
    Description:
    Client was a Fed-Ex driver en route when t-boned by Defendant in a Hummer on Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Client suffered damage to back and bladder and now has lower back pain and numbness in the feet, resulting in permanent disability.
  • Clients v Keith Epstein

    Practice Area:
    Securities & Investment Fraud
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2010
    Outcome:
    $20,000,000 Judgment
    Description:
    Facts- Eleven families individually hired their financial advisor. Several clients were in their 70’s or 80’s and suffering from various medical conditions including macular degeneration and early Alzheimer. The advisor systematically transferred all client funds from secure retirement accounts to variable or fixed annuities without conducting any type of suitability study. He then fraudulently withdrew funds claiming them to be taxes. Over the years the advisor withdrew funds from client accounts, many withdrawals were unauthorized. He convinced the clients to reinvest the funds in fraudulent mutual funds. He then cashed the checks and deposited the funds into his own personal account. He concealed the events by preparing false and misleading statements. The advisor fraudulently converted in excess of $5,000,000 to his own use. Disposition - The Court entered a judgment against defendants for $20,000,000 for Negligence, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Fraudulent Misrepresentation, Statutory Conversion and treble damages. A FINRA claim is pending against Mutual Service Corporation, the broker/dealer supervising advisor.