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Douglas Scott Reiser

Douglas Reiser’s Legal Cases

5 total

  • Barbara Bull v. Allstate Insurance, et al

    Practice Area:
    Construction and development
    Outcome:
    Settlement during Pre-litigation Mediation
    Description:
    This case involved a major landslide that occurred on a hillside in Burien, WA, a suburb south of Seattle. The matter was sent to voluntary mediation, in which each and every party participated. This legal matter involved at least 12 parties - including 5 insurers, 6 landowners, 1 contractor, and the City of Burien. In December 2007, a major rain storm fell upon the lower King County region in Washington. The rain storm caused massive flooding, runoff and surges that caused erosion, backup and incredible water infiltration. The product of several factors led to the collapse of a hillside on Shoreline Dr., Burien, WA. It has been alleged by parties that sewage backup and drainage malfunction, met with improperly designed and implemented landscaping installation and the cutting into of the toe of the hillside slope by prior developers. The incredible mess of technical legal arguments were met with a one day pre-litigation mediation where each party put forth their argument and their expert's opinion. We represented one of three downhill homeowners who were damaged by the landslide. Our client incurred major cosmetic damages to its home, but escaped any documented structural issues. It was alleged, and supported by engineers, that our client was responsible for at least a portion of the collapse due to it successor interest in the property, which was defective because it had cut into the toe of the hill's slope, in order to build a driveway. Though our client faced this potentially harmful defense, we were able to move through the one day mediation and obtain a preliminary settlement before leaving. Once we confirmed that an insurer was able to contribute the remaining funds, we were able to get our client a pleasing settlement without the massive delay, costs and pains of a major litigation.
  • MCR Marketing, LLC v. Regency Worldwide Development, Inc., et al

    Practice Area:
    Commercial real estate
    Outcome:
    Won Motion to Dismiss Allowing Settlement
    Description:
    A Motion to Dismiss this Federal Court suit was filed by various defendants. After waiting several months for a verdict, Plaintiff won an uphill battle to keep the suit in Louisiana, which led to a settlement.
  • Spaulding v. Scaup, LLC, et al

    Practice Area:
    Construction and development
    Outcome:
    Stipulation of Final Judgment
    Description:
    Successful judgment against Defendants and recovery of construction bond, paying out our client's full claim.
  • Travelers Surety v. Collins

    Practice Area:
    Construction and development
    Outcome:
    Stipulated Motion to Dismiss
    Description:
    Successfully defended this matter, which was filed by a bond company to recoup hundreds of thousands in losses to a contractor. Building an argument which persuasively argued complete preclusion, the matter was dismissed after a nominal settlement was made.
  • Xon Construction v. Thomas Scesniak, et al

    Practice Area:
    Construction and development
    Outcome:
    Summary Judgment & pending Final Judgment
    Description:
    Obtained a summary judgment on a bridge loan provided by a contractor to a private developer. Then obtained a final judgment via an offer of judgment on the remaining breach of contract claims related to the construction work performed.