Recoveries of $1 Million or More

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Case, Date Resolved, Court , Claim*
Amount (in millions)
Attorneys
Fermin v. Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. Inc.  8/20/12  U.S. District Court, Newark  Workplace accident (worker crushed, paralyzed by defective forklift)
$33.9M settlement
Plaintiff — David Mazie and David Freeman of Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman. Defense — Philip Crawford and Robert Brown Jr. of Gibbons.
Patterson v. Irvington Board of Education  10/12 /12  Essex County Superior Court  School negligence (student paralyzed in school beating) $16.3M verdict Plaintiff — Jack Wurgaft of Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom & Sinins. Defense — Ronald Hunt of Hunt, Hamlin & Ridley; Michael Cifelli of Scarinci Hollenbeck.
Domalewski v. Hillerich and Bradsby Co. 8/22/12  Passaic County Superior Court  Personal injury (teenager disabled by baseball hit with metal bat) $14.5M settlement Plaintiff — Ernest Fronzuto of Wellinghorst & Fronzuto. Defense — James Orr of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker; Paul Clark of Wade Clark Mulcahy; Gary Potters of Potters & Della Peitra.
In re Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation 2/28/13 Atlantic County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (faulty product led to health complications) $11M verdict (including $7.76M in punitives) Plaintiff — David Mazie and Adam Slater of Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman; Benjamin Anderson of the Anderson Law Office; Jeffrey Grand of Bernstein Liebhard. Defense — Kelly Crawford of Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti.
Chambers v. 440 Elizabeth Avenue Corp.  6/7/13 Essex County Superior Court  Personal injury (child caught in apartment complex gate suffered permanent mental impairments) $10.5M settlement Plaintiff — Kenneth Berkowitz of Blume, Goldfaden, Berkowitz, Donnelly, Fried & Forte. Defense — Stephen Hopkins of Braff, Harris & Sukoneck; Brian Steller of Connell Foley; Joseph Kelley of Zirulnik, Sherlock & DeMille.
New Jersey Transit v. Mary Franco and Carol Franco  10/12 /12  Hudson County Superior Court  Property condemnation (more compensation required for property condemned for abandoned Hudson River rail tunnel project) $8.15M verdict Plaintiff — Paul Fernicola of Paul Fernicola & Associates. Defense — George Frino of DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole.
Ceasar v. Flemington Car and Truck Co.  10/23/12  Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (dealer failed to recommend tire replacement, leading to car rollover, severe injuries to three passengers) $7.5M verdict Plaintiff — Christopher Hager of Niedweske Barber Hager. Defense — Gary Hurwitz of March, Hurwitz & DeMarco; Robert Chapin of Montgomery Chapin & Fetton; Anthony Koester of Dilts & Koester.
   Source: New Jersey Law Journal's Suits & Deals column, news stories. * Recoveries between Aug. 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013.
Escobar v. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center 5/29/13 Essex County Superior Court  Infant beating; negligent treatment (hospitals released child with diagnosis of suspected child-abuse; he was beaten afterward) $7.4M settlement Plaintiff — David Mazie of Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman. Defense — Lauren Strollo and Rowena Duran of Vasios, Kelly & Strollo; David Krolikowski of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; Lauren O'Neill of Post, Polak, Goodsell, MacNeill & Strauchler; Peter Marra of Schenck, Price, Smith & King; Michael Bubb of Bubb, Grogan & Cocca; Scott Heller of Reiseman Rosenberg Jacobs & Heller.
Shea v. American Honda Motor Co. 2/6/12  Burlington County Superior Court  Workplace accident (employee unable to work after being electrocuted, thrown from building) $6.9M verdict Plaintiff — Alfred Falcione of Flynn & Associates. Defense — Christopher Carton of K&L Gates; Robert Cerino of the law office of J. Mark Pecci II; James Kane of Carroll, McNulty & Kull.
Healey v. Department of Corrections 9/6/12  Mercer County Superior Court  Race discrimination (two white corrections officers singled out for discipline, retaliation) $6.855M verdict Plaintiff — Gina Mendola Longaro. Defense — Deputy Attorney General Ivo Becica.
Kiesewetter v. Martin 1/10/13 Mercer County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (failure to discover fetal distress, perform Caesarean sooner led to newborn's brain injuries) $6.6M settlement Plaintiff — Carole Forte of Blume, Goldfaden, Berkowitz, Donnelly, Fried & Forte. Defense — Gregory Giordano of Lenox, Socey, Formidoni, Giordano, Cooley, Lang & Casey; James Ronan of Ronan, Tuzzio & Giannone; Beth Hardy of Farkas & Donohue; Thomas Heavey of Grossman & Heavey; Joseph DiCroce; Timothy Crammer of Crammer Bishop.
Pascucci v. JG Drywall 5/15/13 Bergen County Superior Court  Workplace accident (fall from ladder led to multiple leg surgeries, amputation) $6.6M settlement Plaintiff — James Lynch of Lynch, Lynch, Held & Rosenberg. Defense — John Gonzo; Gerald Kaplan of Methfessel & Werbel.
Lee v. Agresti  11/17/12  Essex County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (untreated spinal infection caused paraplegia) $5.9M settlement Plaintiff — Carol Forte of Blume, Goldfaden, Berkowitz, Donnelly, Fried & Forte. Defense — William Brennan of Callan, Koster, Brady & Brennan; Thomas Conlon of Orlovsky, Moody, Schaaf, Conlon & Gabrysiak.
Hester v. NJ Transit   8/17/12  Essex County Superior Court  Workplace discrimination (minority employees wrongfully terminated, subjected to hostile work environment) $5.8M settlement Plaintiff — Nancy Erika Smith of Smith Mullin and Kevin Barber of Niedweske Barber Hager. Defense — James Panzini of Jackson Lewis.
Cengiz v. Cengiz  12/13/12  Monmouth County Superior Court  Automobile accident (SUV rollover, collision led to limp, leg deformities) $5.3M verdict ($1.06M recovered because plaintiff was found partially liable) Plaintiff — James Maggs and John McDermott of Maggs & McDermott. Defense — Michael Marone of McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter; Brian Stanzioni of Garvey Ballou & Rogalski.
Aeriel v. State-Operated School District for the City of Newark 2/12 /13 Essex County Superior Court  Premises liability (shooting tied to school system's failure to lock playground known as gang hangout) $5M settlement Plaintiff — Ronald Riccio, Michael Marone and Robert Scrivo of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter. Defense — Vito Gagliardi Jr. and Eliyahu Scheiman of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman; Leonard Leight of Morgan Melhuish Abrutyn.
Andalora v. ICS Builders 10/1/12  Essex County Superior Court  Workplace accident (worker suffered traumatic brain injury in fall from scaffolding)   $5M settlement Plaintiff — Bruce Stern of Stern & Stern. Defense — Thomas Mulcahy of Purcell, Mulcahy, O'Neill & Hawkins; Alfred D'Isernia of Ford Marrin Espisito Witmeyer & Gleser; Edward Thornton of Methfessel & Werbel.
Burkert v. Holcomb Bus Services Inc.  6/19/13 Camden County Superior Court  Automobile accident (student/pedestrian suffered pelvic, back, brain injuries when struck by driver after school bus dropped her off in harm's way) $5M verdict ($3.75M recovered in high-low agreement) Plaintiff — George Badey III and Michael DiGenova of Badey, Sloan & DiGenova. Defense — Arthur Donnelly III of Zirulnik, Sherlock & DeMille; William Lundgren of Green, Lundgren & Ryan.
Idrovo v. UMDNJ  7/9/13 Essex County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (undetected seizure led to loss of speech, cognitive impairment) $5M settlement Plaintiff — William Lane of O'Connor Parsons Lane & Noble. Defense — John Dughi of Dughi Hewit & Domalewski.
Thomas v. Schindler Elevator Corp . 5/16/13 Hudson County Superior Court  Personal injury (negligence by elevator company caused permanent neck impairments) $4.74M verdict Plaintiff — Edward Capozzi of Seigel Capozzi. Defense — James Sonageri of Sonageri & Fallon; William Smith of Faust, Goetz, Schenker & Blee.
Wagner v. UMDNJ  12/4/12  Essex County Superior Court  Workplace discrimination (10 female professors subjected to gender discrimination,  lower salaries) $4.65M settlement Plaintiff — Neil Mullin and Nancy Erika Smith of Smith Mullin; Kevin Barber of Niedweske Barber Hager. Defense — Lynn Kappelman of Seyfarth Shaw.
Naranjo v. Sanofi-Aventis US  6/10/13 Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (driver, passenger unable to return to work after neck, back injuries) $4.35M settlement Plaintiff — John Vlasac Jr. and Boris Shmaruk of Vlasac & Shmaruk. Defense — Joseph Manning of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin.
Martinez v. Inner City Tire and Auto Center 10/18/12  Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (truck driver thrown from vehicle, requiring leg amputation) $4.2M settlement Plaintiff — Michael Gallardo and Richard Winograd of Ginarte, O'Dwyer, Gonzalez, Gallardo & Winograd. Defense — Raymond Connell of Dwyer, Connell & Lisbona; Marco DiFlorio of Salmon, Ricchezza, Singer & Turchi; James Kane of Carroll, McNulty & Kull; John Karpousis of Freehill, Hogan & Mahar; David Kostus of Segal, McCambridge, Singer & Mahoney.
Frazier v. Van Dyne  1/23/13 Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (truck driver suffered permanent back, internal injuries) $4.15M settlement Plaintiff — Michael Cahill of Rosenberg, Kirby, Cahill, Stankowitz & Richardson; Robert Rosenberg. Defense — Lorne Reiter.
Lesende v. Borrero 9/14/12  U.S. District Court , Newark Police mistreatment (motorist assaulted by off-duty officer, held without counsel for 12 hours) $4M verdict Plaintiff — Robert Kobin of Nusbaum, Stein, Goldstein, Bronstein & Kron. Defense — Newark Assistant Corporation Counsel Avion Benjamin.
Pelham-Webb v. Flannery  9/3/12  Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (pedestrian killed walking across intersection) $4M settlement Plaintiff — Bruce Nagel of Nagel Rice. Defense — settlement reached before counsel retained.
Hruska v. Grujic Trucking LLC 7/15/13 Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (pedestrian run over by delivery truck, suffering fractures, scarring, deformity, ongoing pain)   $3.95M settlement Plaintiff —  Anthony Riposta. Defense — Catherine McGlone of Callahan & Fusco.  
Clanton v. Nissan North America  3/19/13 Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (vehicle roof detached after being struck by tire, leaving driver permanently disabled) $3.6M verdict (additional $500,000 in earlier settlement) Plaintiff — Cynthia Walters and Justin Van Dyke of Budd Larner. Defense — Gerard Cedrone of Lavin, O'Neil, Ricci, Cedrone.
In re Camden Police Officers 1/8/13 Camden County Superior Court  Wrongful conviction (88 individuals wrongfully charged or convicted as a result of police misconduct) $3.5M settlement Plaintiff — Alexander Shalom of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. Defense — John Eastlack Jr. of Weir & Partners.
Byfield v. LaMotta 5/31/13 Burlington County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (abdominal pain, psychological injuires caused by overlooked surgical complications) $3.4M verdict Plaintiff — Gary Ginsberg of Ginsberg & O'Connor. Defense — Joseph Lang of Lenox, Socey, Formidoni, Giordano, Cooley, Lang & Casey; John Talvacchia of Stahl & DeLaurentis.
MacLean v. Jet Aviation 12/5/12  Middlesex County Superior Court  Slip and fall (wet floors at airplane hangar led to fall, permanent injuries) $3.2M settlement Plaintiff — Peter Chamas and Max Stagliano of Gill & Chamas. Defense — Fred Wexler of Brown, Gavalas & Fromm; Patrick Coyne of Zirulnik, Sherlock & DeMille; James Bride of Leary, Bride, Tinker & Moran.
Caicedo v. Caicedo 4/26/13 Essex County Superior Court  Bicycle accident (cyclist struck by police car, resulting in permanent leg injuries, limp) $3M verdict Plaintiff — Casey Woodruff of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Mitterhoff, Grabas & Woodruff. Defense — Newark Assistant Corporation Counsel Avion Benjamin.
Estate of Coon v. AGL Welding Supply  10/4/12  Union County Superior Court  Workplace fatality (worker killed by explosion from improperly inspected welding tank) $3M verdict Plaintiff — Joel Rosen and Michael McMahon of Cohen, Placitella & Roth. Defense — Jeffrey Kadish of Golden, Rothschild, Spagnola, Lundell, Boylan & Garubo.
Billings v. BPO Elks 4/24/13 Middlesex County Superior Court  Personal injury (Elks Club member hurt back in fall at lodge) $2.83M verdict ($1.7M recovered because plaintiff was found partially liable) Plaintiff — Barry Eichen and Edward McElroy of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy. Defense — Thomas Wester of McDermott & McGee.
Brue v. Brunetti 2/21/13 Bergen County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (misdiagnosis, delayed treatment led to permanent disability) $2.75M settlement Plaintiff — Adam Slater of Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman. Defense — Craig Combs of Giblin & Combs; Philip Mattia; Scott Heller of Reiseman, Rosenberg, Jacobs & Heller; Justin Johnson of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin.
Estate of Gomez v. Tec-Cast  2/13/13 Bergen County Superior Court  Workplace fatality (explosion in pressurized vessel killed worker) $2.73M verdict Plaintiff — John O'Dwyer of Ginarte, O'Dwyer, Gonzalez, Gallardo & Winograd; Raymond Carroll of Davis Saperstein & Salomon. Defense — George Kenny of Connell Foley; James Coons of Ansa Assuncao.
Wetzel v. Weeks Marine  9/18/12  Middlesex County Superior Court  Workplace accident (worker left disabled by fall from improperly secured ladder) $2.63M settlement Plaintiff — Peter Chamas and William Bock of Gill & Chamas. Defense — Joseph Gallo of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker; John Scott of Hardin, Kundla, McKeon & Poletto.
Phillips v. Montville Board of Education 9/28/12  Morris County Superior Court  Personal injury, negligence (spectator at  high school varsity baseball game suffered brain trauma when hit in head by ball)   $2.5M settlement Plaintiff — Bruce Nagel and Greg Kohn of Nagel Rice.       Defense — Thomas Wester of McDermott & McGee.
Ramdat v. Bayonne Board of Education 9/13/12  Hudson County Superior Court  Automobile accident (school bus ran over pedestrian in crosswalk, causing discrepancy in leg length, brain injury) $2.5M settlement Plaintiff — John Molinari of Blume, Goldfaden, Berko- witz, Donnelly, Fried & Forte. Defense — Howard Nirenberg of Nirenberg & Varano.
Rubio v. Compass Building Corp. 6/27/13 Middlesex County Superior Court  Workplace accident (roofer's fall caused head, other injuries; fall protection not provided) $2.5M settlement Plaintiff — Gerald Clark and Sarah Delahant of the law office of Gerald Clark. Defense — Christopher Hoare of Capehart & Scatchard; Anthony Carlino of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter.
Viola v. City of Hackensack   8/23/12  Bergen County Superior Court  Wrongful termination (employee fired after ending relationship with superior) $2.48M settlement Plaintiff — Neil Mullin and James Burden of Smith Mullin. Defense — David Pack of Thomas Hanrahan; Richard Malagiere.
Mangual v. Berezinsky  12/26/12  Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (couple struck by medical-service driver, resulting in leg amputations, other permanent injuries) $2.35M settlement Plaintiff — Eric Kahn and Lawrence Simon of Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom & Sinins; Gregg Wisotsky. Defense — Thomas Mulcahy of Purcell, Mulcahy, O'Neill & Hawkins; Brian Steller of Connell Foley.  
Smith v. Brazel 5/30/13 Mercer County Superior Court  Automobile accident (driver suffered lasting injuries when hit by vehicle that swerved into oncoming traffic) $2.25M settlement Plaintiff — Christopher Pyne of Stark & Stark. Defense — Marie Ramos-Wright of the law office of Anthony Castellani.    
Gonzalez v. Skender Meka 9/3/12  Middlesex County Superior Court  Workplace accident (unsafe working conditions led to 30-foot fall from roof, brain damage, other injuries) $2.16M settlement Plaintiff — Gerald Clark and Sarah Delahant of Clark Law Firm. Defense — Erik Anderson of Rearden Anderson; George McCool of Wright & O'Donnell.  
Doculan v. Bayonne Medical Center  5/7/13 Hudson County Superior Court  Workplace discrimination (hospital technician written up, fired after complaints about lack of staffing) $2.14M verdict Plaintiff — Kevin Costello of Costello & Mains. Defense — Scott Wich of Clifton, Budd & DeMaria.
Chiesa v. The Project Freedom Fund 10/9/12  Essex County Superior Court  Consumer fraud (company advertised phony legal advice to inmates) $2.1M in civil penalties   Plaintiff — Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa. Defense — Christopher Balioni of the law office of Gerald Saluti.
Gatesy v. Perotte 5/15/2013 Union County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (delayed diagnosis of neck injuries led to quadriplegia) $2.1M settlement Plaintiff — Barry Packin and Bruce Nagel of Nagel Rice. Defense — Herbert Kruttschnitt of the law office of Gerald Green; James Sharp of Sharp & Associates; Kenneth Brown of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker; Thomas Pyle Jr. of Post, Polak, Goodsell, MacNeill & Strauchler; Edward Thornton of Methfessel & Werbel; David Weeks of Ruprecht Hart Weeks & Ricciardulli; Sean Buckley of Buckley Theroux Kline & Petraske.
Bellamy v. Keyport Primary Care Center   11/14/12  Monmouth County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (delayed cancer diagnosis caused infant to lose both eyes) $2M settlement Plaintiff — Timothy Barnes of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman. Defense — Kenneth Brown of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker; Pamela Hattem of Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski.
Estate of Nestor Pagan v. Fernandez  3/1/13 Bergen County Superior Court  Motorcycle fatality (motorcyclist killed after other driver made illegal U-turn) $2M verdict (additional $250,000 in earlier settlement) Plaintiff — Jonas Seigel of Seigel Capozzi. Defense — David McKenna of the law office of Joseph Carolan; Glenn Dyer of Dyer & Petersen.
Griffin v. Zage 11/27/12  Bergen County Superior Court  Automobile accident (driver paralyzed after head-on collision) $2M settlement (additional $2M in earlier settlement) Plaintiff — Nancy Lucianna. Defense — Thomas Morrone of Chasan Leyner & Lamparello; William Cunningham of Daly, Lamastra & Cunningham.
D'Onofrio v. Borough of Seaside Park 2/19/13 U.S. District Court , Trenton Harassment (borough warned restaurateur against bringing in black performers, revoked certificate of occupancy, imposed liquor license conditions) $1.99M settlement Plaintiff — Philip Davolos III and Kevin McCann of Chance & McCann. Defense — Michael Vassalotti of Brown & Connery.
Leahey v. Community Surgical Supply of Toms River Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (rear-end collision  severed aorta, fractured vertebrae, aggravated cognitive disabilities)   $1.99M settlement Plaintiff — Andrew Jacobs of Berman Sauter Record & Jacobs. Defense — John Gilfillan of Carroll, McNulty & Kull; Robert Gunning of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker.
Salomon v. Lee 8/1/12  Bergen County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (adverse reaction from drug prescribed by psychiatrist killed 11-year-old boy) $1.94M settlement Plaintiff — Carol Forte of Blume, Goldfaden, Berkowitz, Donnelly, Fried & Forte. Defense — Louis Ruprecht of Ruprecht Hart Weeks & Ricciardulli.    
Estate of Anton v. Brown 5/21/13 Monmouth County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (incorrect drug dosage led to death) $1.9M settlement Plaintiff — Paul Caliendo of Gill & Chamas. Defense — Bruce Helies of Wolf Helies Duggan Spaeth & Lucas; Russell Malta of McGreevy & Malta; Herbert Kruttschnitt III of the law office of Charles Hopkins.
Estate of Stark v. Sultana 10/10/12  Middlesex County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (doctor's misdiagnosis led to death) $1.9M verdict Plaintiff — Robert Hicks of Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom & Sinins. Defense — Eric Weinberg; Sam Rosenberg of Reiseman, Rosenberg, Jacobs & Heller.    
Thompson v. Spiliotopoulos 4/16/13 Essex County Superior Court  Automobile fatality (driver struck by bus going wrong way) $1.9M settlement Plaintiff — Dennis Donnelly of Blume, Goldfaden, Berkowitz, Donnelly, Fried & Forte. Defense — Denis McBride of Kent & McBride; D. Scott Conchar of the law office of William Staehle; Kevin Sullivan of Tressler; Erik Anderson of Reardon Anderson.
Aslam v. Richardson  10/22/12  U.S. District Court , Trenton Automobile accident (tractor-trailer rear-ended car, killing its driver) $1.875M settlement Plaintiff — Matthew Mendelsohn and David Mazie of Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman. Defense — Robert Borrelle Sr. of Dempster & Haddix.
Tarallo v. Chaaban 2/14/13 Essex County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (patient died of aortic tear after incorrect tests were performed and being released from hospital) $1.775M verdict Plaintiff — Dennis Donnelly of Blume, Goldfaden, Berkowitz, Donnelly, Fried & Forte. Defense — Jeremy Cooley of Lenox, Socey, Formidoni, Giordano, Cooley, Lang & Casey; James Sharp of James Sharp & Associates.
Balestire v. Market Halsey Urban Renewal  5/24/13 Essex County Superior Court  Workplace accident (worker crushed by overloaded cart of sheetrock, causing permanent disability) $1.75M settlement Plaintiff — Brett Greiner of Levinson Axelrod. Defense — Jeffrey Bell of Golden Rothschild Spagnola Lundell Boylan & Garubo; Joseph Skinner of Daly Lamastra & Cunningham.
Rothman v. NJ Transit 10/25/12  Hudson County Superior Court  Automobile accident (passenger thrown into metal pole when two buses collided, requiring surgeries) $1.75M settlement Plaintiff — Raymond Gill Jr. of Gill & Chamas. Defense — Louis Ruprecht of Ruprecht Hart Weeks & Ricciardulli.
Tice v. NJT 7/19/13 Salem County Superior Court  Automobile accident (pedestrian suffered traumatic brain injuries when hit by bus)    $1.75M settlement Plaintiff — Mati Jarve of Jarve, Kaplan Granato. Defense — Michael Dunn.
Toscano v. Martinez 9/11/12  Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (good samaritan hit by limousine after stopping to help overturned van) $1.75M verdict ($1.575M recovered because plaintiff was found partially liable) Plaintiff — Edward McElroy and Barry Eichen of Eichen, Crutchlow, Zaslow & McElroy. Defense — Anthony Fiore Jr. of Gage Fiore; Gerard Nolan of Soriano Henkel Biehl & Matthews; Michael Salvo of Ahmuty, Demers & McManus.
Fitzpatrick v. Mount Olive 9/4/12  Morris County Superior Court  Automobile accident (rear-end hit by police car caused injuries) $1.7M settlement Plaintiff — Edward Capozzi of Siegel Capozzi. Defense — Eric Harrison of Methfessel & Werbel.
Ware v. The Bloom Organization 11/26/12  Burlington County Superior Court  Workplace accident (maintenance worker electrocuted because of unmarked breakers) $1.65M settlement Plaintiff — Gary Ginsberg of Ginsberg & O'Connor. Defense — Patrick Brennan of the law office of William Staehle.
Castro v. Endara  12/3/12  Somerset County Superior Court  Automobile accident (rear-end collision resulted in neck, back injuries) $1.6M verdict Plaintiff — Victor Macam of Palmisano & Goodman. Defense — Michael Lynch of the law office of John Kennedy.
Mariano v. Wong 9/26/12  Middlesex County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (opthamologist's failure to complete presurgery scanning led to complications, including visual impairment) $1.6M settlement Plaintiff — Adam Slater of Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman. Defense — R. Scott Eichhorn of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin.
Pinkney v. NJ Transit 3/13/13 Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (pedestrian struck by bus, resulting in partial leg amputation) $1.6M settlement Plaintiff — Marc Winograd. Defense — Thomas Hart of Ruprecht Hart Weeks & Ricciardulli.
DePinto v. ABM Janitorial Services 3/15/13 Bergen County Superior Court  Automobile accident (motorcyclist struck by stray tire; injuries prevented return to work) $1.58M verdict Plaintiff — Rosemarie Arnold. Defense — Matthew Vitucci of Gallo, Vitucci & Klar.
Meares v. Berker 7/16/13 Middlesex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (brain bleeding, stroke-like symptoms, cognitive defects blamed on collision)   $1.45M settlement Plaintiff — J. Robert Bratman of Stark & Stark. Defense — Stephen Foley Jr. of Campbell, Foley, Delano & Adams.
Downey v. Plumer 3/29/13 Burlington County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (failure to diagnose appendix ailment led to lasting health problems) $1.5M settlement Plaintiff — Michael Glassman. Defense — John Zen Jackson of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter.
Curley v. Allegheny Plant Services 10/4/12  Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (collision between tractor-trailer and pickup truck caused neck injuries)   $1.44M verdict Plaintiff — Gary Grabas and Patrick Mangan of Bramnick Rodriguez Mitterhoff Grabas & Woodruff.  Defense —  Floyd Cottrell.
Esposito v. Reilly  9/27/12  Burlington County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (patient died after anesthesiologist gave incorrect fluid dosage)   $1.4M verdict Plaintiff — Gary Ginsberg of Ginsberg & O'Connor. Defense — Paul Daly of Hardin Kundla McKeon & Poletto.
Estate of Jacheo v. Central Railroad of New Jersey 2/15/13 Middlesex County Superior Court  Wrongful death (railroad worker's fatal lung cancer caused by working conditions) $1.4M settlement Plaintiff — Barry Eichen of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy. Defense — Spencer Robbins of Robbins & Robbins; Daniel Donahoe of Burns White.
Majmundar v. J.P. Stevens High School  8/1/12  Middlesex County Superior Court  Personal injury (eye injury blamed on fall from stage at school open house) $1.4M settlement Plaintiff — David Freeman and David Mazie of Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman. Defense — William Bloom of Methfessel & Werbel.
Tien v. Mack Cali 3/18/13 Middlesex County Superior Court  Workplace accident (employee hit by falling hardware suffered traumatic brain injuries that prevented return to work) $1.4M verdict ($1M settlement reached later) Plaintiff — Adam Rothenberg of Levinson Axelrod. Defense — Alan Lebowitz of Maloof, Lebowitz, Connahan & Oleske; Scott Conchar of the law office of William Staehle.
Ginter v. Jaust 5/8/13 Sussex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (rear-end collision caused life-limiting injuries)   $1.37M verdict (additional $200,000 awarded to spouse) Plaintiff — Andrew Fraser and Timothy Dinan of Laddey Clark & Ryan. Defense — Timothy Gilfillan of Carroll McNulty Kull.
Chiapulla v. Giaconna  11/30/12  Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (pedestrian struck,  left with permanent cognitive impairment, seizures) $1.3M settlement Plaintiff — James Mahoney. Defense — William Cunningham of Daly, Lamastra & Cunningham.
Sirianni v. Network Managment 5/7/13 Hudson County Superior Court  Workplace accident (construction worker hit in head by hatch with defective safety equipment, causing traumatic brain injury) $1.3M settlement Plaintiff — Luis Martinez of LaBarbiera & Martinez. Defense — Cynthia Birkett of the law office of William Staehle; Joseph Kelly of Zirulnik, Sherlock & DeMille; Joseph Reardon of Weston, Stierli, McFadden & Capotorto.
Ved v. Potter  1/13/13 Somerset County Superior Court  Automobile accident (vehicle ran over pedestrian's feet, causing debilitating injuries) $1.27M settlement Plaintiff — Michael Paglione of Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader. Defense — Michael McCaffrey of Purcell, Mulcahy, O'Neill & Hawkins; Jeffrey Bell of Golden Rothschild Spagnola Lundell Boylan & Garubo.
Bullman v. Goldie  3/7/13 Somerset County Superior Court  Workplace accident (contractor paralyzed in fall from ladder) $1.25M settlement Plaintiff — Kevin Parsons of Gill & Chamas; Howard Crane of Koerner & Crane. Defense — Michael Della Rovere of O'Toole & Couch.
Poplawski v. Zakheim  5/29/13 Hudson County Superior Court  Automobile accident (failure to stop at stop sign caused collision, neck and back injuries)     $1.25M verdict ($500,000 recovered under high-low agreement)       Plaintiff — Marvin Walden of Greenberg, Walden & Grossman. Defense — Salvatore Iacopelli of the law office of Doreen Ryan.    
Weitzer v. Abraham   11/26/12  Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (speeding motorcycle struck two pedestrians in crosswalk, killing one, severely injuring the other)   $1.25M settlement Plaintiff — Bruce Nagel and Andrew O'Connor of Nagel Rice. Defense — Brian O'Toole of O'Toole & Couch.
Barboza v. Tacuri 11/29/12  Essex County Superior Court  Slip and fall (fall on poorly lit, moss-covered steps caused broken ankle, joint displacement) $1.2M settlement Plaintiff — Gregg Stone of Kirsch, Gelband & Stone. Defense — Matthew Venema of Venema, Proko & Keahey.
Greenberg v. Kirschenbaum 5/2/13 Bergen County Medical malpractice (diagnosis delay, misread medical tests led to heart inflammation, death) $1.2M settlement Plaintiff — John Ratkowitz of Starr Gern Davison & Rubin. Defense — Gary Riveles of Dughi Hewit & Domalewski; Jay MacNeill of Post Polak Goodsell MacNeill & Strauchler; Juliana Barno Spitzer of Sharp & Associates.
Toribio v. DeLuca  1/22/13 Essex County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (misdiagnosis led to partial paralysis, other medical problems) $1.2M settlement Plaintiff — Beth Baldinger, David Mazie and Matthew Mendelsohn of Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman. Defense — Justin Johnson of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; David Weeks of Ruprecht, Hart, Weeks & Ricciardulli.
Gonzalez v. Hugelmeyer 7/26/13 Atlantic County Superior Court  Automobile accident (couple suffered back, other injuries in rear-end collision)     $1.19M verdict Plaintiff — Thomas Vesper of Westmoreland Vesper & Quattrone; Stephen Barry of Barry, Corrado & Grassi. Defense — Michael Malia of King, Kitrick, Jackson & McWeeney;  Kathleen Drew of the law office of Anthony Castellani.
Zamudio-Cadena v. McEntee  4/4/13 Middlesex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (back problems, cognitive issues caused by multicar accident) $1.19M settlement   Plaintiff — Raymond Eisdorfer of Eisdorfer, Eisdorfer & Eisdorfer. Defense — Michael Leegan of Goldberg Segalla.
Murayama v. Sodexo 5/9/13 Bergen County Superior Court  Slip and fall (fall on cafeteria floor led to reconstructive surgery on both hips, complex regional pain syndrome) $1.16M settlement Plaintiff — Rosemarie Arnold and Maria Luppino. Defense — John Borelli of Segal, McCambridge, Singer & Mahoney; Ashley Farnschlader of Sweeney & Sheehan; Robyn Gnudi Kalocsay of LeClair Ryan.
Condiracci v. JW Custom Homes 2/22/13 Middlesex County Superior Court  Slip and fall (fall on ice led to diminished concentration, retirement) $1.15M settlement Plaintiff — Bruce Stern of Stark & Stark. Defense — Emery Mishky of Margolis Edelstein; Brian Harris of Braff, Harris & Sukoneck.
Arcia v. Hwang 7/19/13 Middlesex County Superior Court  Drunken-driving accident (driver left in vegetative state after complications from leg surgery for injuries when hit by drunken driver) $1.1M settlement Plaintiff — Ronald Goldfaden of Blume, Goldfaden, Berkowitz, Donnelly, Fried & Forte. Defense — Bruce Magaw of Decker & Magaw; Paul Mancuso of the law office of Debra Hart.    
Magill v. Eastern Pines Convalescent Center  6/27/13 Atlantic County Superior Court  Wrongful death (patient died when nursing home failed to monitor blood sugar after hypoglycemic episode) $1.1M verdict Plaintiff — Thomas Howard of Kirsch Gartenberg Howard; Deborah Gough. Defense — Mark Pakrut of Tompkins, McGuire, Wachenfeld & Barry.
Park v. ACC Fort Lee Plaza   10/1/12  Bergen County Superior Court  Slip and fall (shopper tripped over strip upturned by plow in parking lot, suffered head, neck injuries) $1.1M settlement Plaintiff — Bruce Stern of Stark & Stark. Defense — David Burnett of Daly, Lamastra & Cunningham; Darryl Beckman of Beckman Roth Ogozaleck.
Spann v. Perez   12/3/12  Monmouth County Superior Court  Automobile accident (rear-end collision led to lasting neck problems) $1.1M arbitration Plaintiff — Norman Hobbie of Hobbie Corrigan & Bertucio. Defense — Glenn Curving of Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti.
Visco v. Brand  4/1/13 Ocean County Superior Court  Automobile accident (driver thrown from vehicle suffered permanent foot injuries, disfigurement) $1.1M settlement Plaintiff — Charles Cerussi of Cerussi & Gunn. Defense — Mario Delano of Campbell, Foley Delano & Adams.
Moore v. SICA Industries Inc.  9/28/12  Gloucester County Superior Court  Workplace accident (crane operator struck by improperly secured object, causing back, neck injuries) $1.075M settlement Plaintiff — Charles Nugent Jr. of Nugent Law. Defense — Joseph Assan of Dempster & Haddix; Beth Wright of Zirulnik Sherlock & DeMille.
Royster v. New Jersey State Police 8/2/12  Essex County Superior Court  Workplace discrimination (African-American officer was subjected to racial bias, denied promotions, investigated) $1.06M verdict Plaintiff — Michael Reimer. Defense — Robert Hagerty of Capehart & Scatchard.
Alissi v. Roselli 1/30/13 Essex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (driver struck, killed by runaway tire after misdiagnosis by auto mechanic) $1.05M settlement Plaintiff — David Fried of Blume, Goldfaden, Berkowitz, Donnelly, Fried & Forte. Defense — Robert Gold of Gold Albanese & Barletti; Richard Smith of Weston Stierli McFadden & Capotorto; Sanford Kaplan of Muscio & Kaplan.
Heredia v. Wilson 8/27/12  Hudson County Superior Court  Automobile accident (bus passenger injured in collision with car)   $1.05M settlement Plaintiff — Marvin Walden Jr. of Greenberg, Walden & Grossman. Defense — Walter Swayze III of Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney.  
Estate of Green v. Robert Wood Johnson University Hopsital   10/17/12  Middlesex County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (open-heart surgery complications caused death) $1.03M settlement Plaintiff — Bruce Nagel, Barry Packin and Greg Cohn of Nagel Rice. Defense — Jeffrey Krompier; Louis Ruprecht of Ruprecht, Hart, Weeks & Ricciardulli; Raymond Fleming of Sachs, Maitlin, Fleming & Green; Joseph DiCroce.
In re Estate of Blythe 12/13/12  Union County Superior Court  Contested will (two brothers contested will left unchanged after death of beneficiary) $1.03M settlement Plaintiff — Jay Freireich of Brach Eichler; Evan Harris of Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero, Paster & Schiffman. Defense — Matthew McDowett and Christopher Leddy of Stein & Supsie.
Parvin v. CM Wells Construction  5/20/13 Warren County Superior Court  Workplace accident (wind caused roofing panel to strike worker, leading to brain injuries) $1.03M settlement Plaintiff — Bruce Stern of Stark & Stark. Defense — Scott Seelagy; Warren Sperling of Bennett Bricklin & Saltzburg; Anna Krepps of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin.
Canal v. Silberman  7/13/12  Bergen County Superior Court  Automobile accident (pedestrian left partially paralyzed after being hit) $1.02M settlement Plaintiff — Peter de Frank of Corradino & Papa. Defense — Adam Adams and James Pantages of Stein, McGuire, Pantages & Gigl.
Diaz v. Callaway Construction  6/13/13 Essex County Superior Court  Workplace accident (fall from scaffolding caused injuries requiring reconstructive surgery) $1.02M settlement Plaintiff — Michael Carton of Kroll Heineman Carton. Defense — John Sullivan of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter; Edward Davis of the law office of Debra Hart.
Arnold v. Steinbach 3/6/13 Middlesex County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (delayed prenatal diagnosis of liver problem led to debilitating conditions for mother, child)   $1M settlement Plaintiff — William Crutchlow and Barry Eichen of Eichen, Crutchlow, Zaslow & McElroy. Defense — E. Burke Giblin of Giblin & Combs.    
DiMeglio v. Ehrenfeld 7/17/13 Bergen County Superior Court  Automobile accident Automobile accident (pedestrian's bones broken, surgery required)   $1M settlement Plaintiff — Dennis Drasco, Arthur Owens and Paul Sandars III of Lum, Drasco & Positan. Defense — Marie Carey of the law office of Kevin McGowen.    
Estate of Lujan v. Stephen 4/17/13 Mercer County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (incorrect diagnosis led to death from bacterial meningitis) $1M settlement Plaintiff — Daryl Zaslow of Eichen, Crutchlow, Zaslow & McElroy. Defense — Sean Buckley of Buckley Theroux Kline & Petraske.
Gibbs v. Camilla 4/2/13 Middlesex County Superior Court  Automobile accident (collision led to lasting head, neck injuries) $1M verdict Plaintiff — Adam Rothenberg of Levinson Axelrod. Defense — Robert Pettoni of the law office of Douglas Jeungling; Mark Trudeau of the law office of John Kennedy.  
Major Tours v. Calorel 9/10/12  U.S. District Court , Camden Discrimination (minority casino bus drivers held to greater scrutiny)   $1M settlement Plaintiff — Yvette Sterling and Barbara Ransom of Sterling Law Firm; Ezra Rosenberg and Irene Zyzenberg-Lyman of Dechert; Michael Churchill and Ben Geffen of the Public Interest Law Center. Defense — Deputy Attorneys General Nonee Lee Wagner, Wayne Martorelli and Amy Chung.  
Ramos v. Lucash Montgomery Builders 6/25/13 Somerset County Superior Court  Workplace accident (carpenter's fall after scaffolding collapse caused hip, back injuries) $1M settlement Plaintiff — Peter Chamas of Gill & Chamas. Defense — Mark Bongiovanni of Leary, Bride, Tinker & Moran.
Silva v. UMDNJ 4/22/13 Essex County Superior Court  Workplace accident (construction worker injured by broken drillbit, leading to blindness) $1M settlement Plaintiff — Bruce Nagel and Greg Kohn of Nagel Rice. Defense — Jay Scott MacNeill of Post, Polak, Goodsell, MacNeill & Strauchler.
Snider v. Fritz 5/20/13 Hudson County Superior Court  Medical malpractice (failure to diagnose pneumonia led to death) $1M settlement Plaintiff — Francis Dorrity. Defense — Sam Rosenberg of Reisman Rosenberg Jacobs & Heller.
Thompson v. Chubb Group 12/21/12  Ocean County Superior Court  Automobile accident (rear-end collision led to severe spinal injury, preventing return to work) $1M settlement Plaintiff — James Maggs of Maggs & McDermott. Defense — John Bashwiner of Bashwiner & Deer.
Williams v. Seaton  6/28/13 Burlington County Superior Court  Medical malpractifce (nurse applied too much pressure during birth, resulting in Erb's palsy) $1M settlement Plaintiff — Daryl Zaslow of Eichen, Crutchlow, Zas- low & McElroy. Defense — Charles Koernig of Stahl & DeLaurentis.
 

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