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Paul Y. Lee

Paul Lee’s Legal Cases

23 total

  • Jones v. Rack Source

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Apr 19, 2005
    Outcome:
    Dismissal of Paul's client
    Description:
    In this action, Paul represented a component manufacturer defendant. Plaintiffs alleged that they sustained serious injuries (including serious brain damage leading to a permanent vegetative state) when defects in a four story industrial wire shelving system caused plaintiffs to fall from the top floor of the shelving system. After Paul filed a motion for summary judgment plaintiffs dismissed Paul's client for waiver of costs.
  • Francis v. Fougera, a Division of Altana, Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Defective and Dangerous Products
    Date:
    Nov 24, 2008
    Outcome:
    Judgment in favor of Paul's client
    Description:
    Paul represented a pharmaceutical manufacturing defendant in this product liability action. Two plaintiffs contended that as the result of a defective surgical lubricant utilized in operating procedures, plaintiffs sustained severe infections and allergic reactions. Paul obtained a defense judgment pursuant to a motion for summary judgment against one of the two plaintiffs. Thereafter, the second plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case on the eve of the trial.
  • Wedertz v.Precision Pump & Machine-KSB, Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Sep 10, 2007
    Outcome:
    Dismissal of Paul's client
    Description:
    Paul represented a manufacturing defendant in this consolidated action involving a severe injury and death resulting from an "explosion" of a "prefactionator bottoms pump" containing extremely hot crude oil. After Paul conducted extensive discovery and prepared a motion for summary judgment, plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed his client. (At the time of our dismissal, the case was still pending as to other defendants.)
  • Smith v. KSB, Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Defective and Dangerous Products
    Date:
    Sep 11, 2003
    Outcome:
    Dismissal of Paul's client
    Description:
    This product liability action was brought against the manufacturer of a pump located at a utility company. The pump "exploded" and caused severe injuries to plaintiff, including amputation of fingers. Plaintiff attempted to serve the manufacturer (Paul's client) some time after the litigation commenced, but Paul filed multiple successful motions to quash, forcing plaintiff to proceed to trial without our client. The defendant which did proceed to trial ended up with a significant judgment against it.
  • Pinelli v.Colonial Electric, Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Brain Injury
    Date:
    Oct 02, 2001
    Outcome:
    Dismissal of Paul's client
    Description:
    In this action, plaintiff sought compensation for severe brain injury he sustained when he made contact with an underground 12,000 KV electric line belonging to an electric utility company. At the time of the incident, plaintiff was digging a trench as an employee of a construction company at a construction site. After Paul filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of the premises owner, plaintiff dismissed the client.
  • Ortiz v. Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Assn.

    Practice Area:
    Defective and Dangerous Products
    Date:
    Oct 09, 2009
    Outcome:
    Dismissal of Paul's client
    Description:
    Paul represented one of several defendants in an ongoing "popcorn lung" case wherein 3 former employees of a food flavoring manufacturing plant claim that they each sustained bronchiolitis obliterans (a severe, non-curable fixed obstructive lung disease requiring lung transplantation) as the result of their exposure to various chemicals utilized in making flavoring products, including diacetyl (the primary target chemical). Paul and another attorney who represented manufacturers of a non-diacetyl product pursuaded the court to allow their clients to engage in early exchange of expert witness information even though the remaining parties were precluded from doing so. After Paul noticed the deposition of plaintiffs' expert and gave notice of aggressive expert discovery yet to come, two of the plaintiffs dismissed the lawsuit against Paul's client. The third plaintiff settled for a nominal amount. Most of the more than dozen defendants (several of whom are non-diacetyl defendants) still remain in the case. After the dismissal of Paul's client, one of the defendants settled with 2 of the 3 plaintiffs for $3.49 million. The litigation is still active. (Updated March 2012.)
  • Selby v. High Desert Antelope Valley Nephrology Medical Group

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Date:
    Jan 24, 2007
    Outcome:
    Favorable Settlement
    Description:
    This was a wrongful death action brought by the wife and children of a painter who died of membranous glomerulonephritis, a kidney disease. Palintiffs alleged that decedent was exposed to approximately 158 different paint, solvent and related products during his seven year employment at an aircraft manufacturing plant. Paul represented one of 29 chemical manufacturers and distributors. Following completion of substantial discovery, and with Paul's motion for summary judgment pending, plaintiffs settled with Paul's client for favorable terms.
  • Garcia v. Fisher Scientific International, Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Defective and Dangerous Products
    Date:
    Mar 26, 2007
    Outcome:
    Favorable Settlement
    Description:
    In this action plaintiff alleged that during the course of his 21-year employment at a wheel rim manufacturing plant he was exposed to various chemical products manufactured or distributed by multiple defendants, including Paul's client. Plaintiff alleged that he sustained chronic myelogenous leukemia due to exposure to benzene in various chemical products. After Paul filed a motion for summary judgment based on causation and lack of exposure data, the case settled for favorable terms.
  • Barajas v. Doe Defendants

    Practice Area:
    Defective and Dangerous Products
    Date:
    Sep 22, 2004
    Outcome:
    Favorable Settlement
    Description:
    This was an action against approximately 26 chemical manufacturers (including Paul's client). Plaintiff alleged that she sustained obstructive pulmonary disease as the result of workplace exposure to boric acid, ammonium chloride and other "toxic" chemicals. After lengthy discovery, Paul achieved a settlement for a nuisance amount.
  • Workman v. Poma Distributing Company, Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Date:
    Apr 19, 2004
    Outcome:
    Favorable settlement
    Description:
    This was a wrongful death action wherein plaintiffs alleged that the decedent, a truck driver for a grocery chain, died after contracting myelodyplastic syndrome (a form of leukemia) as the result of ongoing exposure to diesel exhaust, motor vehicle fules and gasoline exhaust. After Paul conducted aggressive discovery (including expert discovery), the case settled for favorable terms.