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Martindale Hubbell - AV rated lawyer - Best Rating Possible
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
AVVO Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney, 10 of 10
ATLA Top 100
Lawyers.com - Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 - Top Rating Possible
National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
American Society of Legal Advocates - Top 100 - 2014
Marquis' Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law
AVVO Clients' Choice Personal Injury Lawyer
American Society of Legal Advocates - Top 100 - 2013
$3.0 million awarded for insurer bad faith!.
Dominic Peressini, age 39, is a former University of Colorado math professor. When he was severely injured in an automobile accident, he had never considered that recovery of his $125,000 in lost wages would depend on the trust which he had placed in his insurer American Family Mutual Insurance Co. Unfortunately for Mr. Peressini - during the time of his injuries, that insurer had a business plan of increasing insurance company profits as its top priority - which meant reducing wage loss claims payouts. A senior case manager used a battery operated "if pigs could fly" toy as an office joke each time a rejected claim brought the staff closer to its cost-cutting goals. Under his insurer's business plan, Dominic Peressini's brain injuries, mangled arm and post-accident memory and cognitive problems were too expensive - so they were rejected. After years of struggle through the courts, in November 2005 Mr. Peressini was awarded nearly $3 million for his unpaid lost wages, insurer bad faith, pain and suffering and other damages. The jury correctly determined that the insurer should have placed its obligations to its policyholders above its profit goals.
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The Hawaii Supreme Court recently upped the stakes for individuals knowingly participating in fraudulent transfers designed to leave the claims of creditors unsatisfied. In the case of Kekona v Borneman, Sup. Ct. No 29036, (Hawaii Civil No. 93-3974, April 24, 2015), the HSCt affirmed a civil judgment which awarded in excess of $250,000 in compensatory damages and in excess of $1,600,000 in punitive damages against a third party who willingly received real property from a debtor who was trying to defraud her creditors. The court considered (1) the expenses and delays of the litigation, (2) the level of the misconduct of the third party and (3) the third party's net worth in upholding the punitive damages award of over 6 times the compensatory damages. (The standard of proof required was 'clear and convincing evidence').