A maintenance engineer suffered a low back injury as he stumbled into a mis-leveled elevator at his place of work. Although he returned to his job after undergoing surgery, earning more after the accident than before, Tony Stuart asked the jury to award exactly $670,984 against the elevator maintenance company. The returned a verdict for that precise amount.
McNair v. Worldwide Church of God
Libel and slander
$1,250,000 jury verdict
This case tested the right of citizens to protect their names from libel against the Constitution’s protection of religion. The plaintiff, defamed by a minister of the church from the pulpit and in a church publication, was awarded $1,250,000 in a jury trial.
Box v. Lawyer
$1,305,910 jury verdict
At Universal Studios, Suzanne Box accompanied her seven-year old son on “ Jurassic Park --The Ride.” The person seated next to her was heavier than either she or her son, so when the ride attendant lowered the restraint to secure the riders, there was considerable room between her son and the bar.
When the ride proceeded to its thrilling climax -- an 84-ft. drop down a 50-degree slide into a pool of water -- Ms. Box feared for her son’s safety, so she turned to prevent him from falling out, and as the boat splashed down, Suzanne felt a severe jolt of pain.
The injury that Suzanne received required surgery and left her with unresolved chronic shoulder pain. She retained an attorney, but he failed to file her claim within the statute of limitations. Suzanne was referred to Stuart Law Firm.
To prevail before a jury on Suzanne’s behalf, Stuart Law Firm would have to obtain a jury award for a defect in the design and operation of a fixed amusement park ride. This was something no attorney in California had ever achieved. Based upon the evidence and arguments that Tony Stuart presented at trial, however, the jury returned a verdict of $1,305,910.
Scott & Johnston v. Whittiker Corporation
$1.5 million jury verdict
Two business executives were promised substantial bonuses to launch the Whittiker Corporation's fledgling HMO, and to make it a profitable venture. Then the defendant decided to sell the HMO, promising the executives a different bonus if they would assist with the sale. After the company was sold, however, the defendant reneged on its promise to award the executives their bonuses.
Tony Stuart proved the defendant was unjustified in denying the bonuses, and a jury awarded the plaintiffs $1.5 million.
Lopez v. Maged Abu-Assal
$1,545,440 jury verdict
Neurosurgeon Maged Abu-Assal, M.D. recommended that his patient, Sandra Lopez, undergo surgery to remove a spinal tumor. Sandra agreed. As a result of the surgery, Sandra was paralyzed.
According to Sandra, Dr. Abu-Assal had not advised her of the serious risk of paralysis that this surgery presented. If she had been so advised, she stated, she never would have consented to it. Before the surgery, she said, she could walk, exercise, and function as a normal person .
Dr. Abu-Assal contended, on the other hand, that he did advise Sandra and her husband of all risks of the surgery. He also claimed that when he recommended the surgery, Sandra was walking spastically, had abnormal lower extremity reflexes, increased muscle tone, and other abnormal signs.
The case went to trial. Medical malpractice cases are notoriously difficult to win, especially where they involve swearing matches between the doctor and the patient. Based upon the evidence and argument that Tony Stuart presented to the jury, however, it awarded Sandra a verdict in the amount of $1,545,440.