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Douglas Michie’s Legal Cases

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  • Marriage of Olsen

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    May 18, 1994
    Outcome:
    Successful Appeal
    Description:
    Marriage of Olsen (1994) 24 Cal.App.4th 1702, 30 Cal.Rptr.2d 306. Lower court ruling was overturned on appeal. Ms. Olsen waived her right to spousal support in exchange for an interest in her ex-husbands military pension. Congress changed the law disallowing a spouses right to an interest in a military pension and applied it retroactively. This left Ms. Olsen with neither spousal support nor any pension income. The Appellate Court set aside her waiver of spousal support as it was based upon a mistake of law. This case is cited extensively thorughout the country and is used by other lawyers to assist their clients that have entered into agreements or waived rights based upon a mistake of law.
  • Harringer v. Gemmel

    Practice Area:
    Real Estate
    Date:
    Jun 15, 1994
    Outcome:
    Jury Verdict in favor of Plaintiff
    Description:
    Jury trial in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. Plaintiffs bought a newly built house that had numerous defects. Action was brought against contractor who declared bankruptcy. Case went to jury trial against real estate brokers for failure to provide transfer disclosure statement and for failure to supervise contractor/sales agent. Jury awarded all damages requested by Plaintiffs for a total of $134,000.
  • Alvarez v. Gerry Baby Products

    Practice Area:
    Litigation
    Date:
    Jul 16, 1996
    Outcome:
    Settlement paid to Plaintiff
    Description:
    Plaintiff was injured by defective product manufactured by Defendant. Extensive discovery, including numerous expert witness positions, resulted in a settlement made by Defendants to Plaintiff. The terms of the settlement are subject to a confidentiality agreement that prohibits disclosure of the terms.
  • MacDonald's vs. Harness

    Practice Area:
    Real Estate
    Date:
    Apr 20, 2000
    Outcome:
    Ground Lease was Modified
    Description:
    MacDonald's executed ground lease for 20 years, after which it sought to purchase property under terms of lease. It submitted an appraisal nearly $200,000 less than the Plaintiff's appraisal. Litigation ensued. Matter was settled by extending the lease for another 10 years at a rent much higher then the previously agreed rent.
  • Ramezany v. Yamada

    Practice Area:
    Litigation
    Date:
    Feb 10, 1999
    Outcome:
    $280,000 settlement for Plaintiff
    Description:
    Plaintiff contracted RSD as a result of the negligence of Defendant. Future medical expenses could be extensive. After preliminary discovery and depositions of medical experts and doctors, the matter settled at Mandatory Settlement Conference for $280,000.
  • Mcconaghy v. Portico Mobilehome Park

    Practice Area:
    Real Estate
    Date:
    May 11, 1998
    Outcome:
    Case settled with $300,000 paid to Plaintiffs
    Description:
    This case invovled a mobilehome park owner that required all tennants wanting to place a mobilehome in the new mobilehome park to purchase their mobilehomes through a specified dealer. This tying arrangement resulted in excess sales price being paid for the mobilehome. In litigation it was discovered that a rebate was paid to the park owner for each home sold by the dealer.
  • Alvarez v. Molina

    Practice Area:
    Wills & Living Wills
    Date:
    May 21, 1992
    Outcome:
    Property deeded to client by step-brother
    Description:
    This was a will contest. The step-brother produced a will porportedly written on mother's death bed willing property to himself, despite mother & father's longstanding previous wills willing property to client. A will contest lawsuit was filed against the step-brother claiming fraud. An arbitration award was rendered in favor of client & step-brother requested a trial de novo. Fearing the possibility of punitive damages, the step-brother deed the property to client.