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Bentley & More Partners Greg Bentley and Clare Lucich Obtain $947,000 Verdict Against $185,000 Offer

THIS JUST IN: Bentley & More partners Greg Bentley and Clare Lucich obtained a $947,000 verdict against Corona Del Mar Properties LLC. The offer going into Trial was $185,000! Defense asked the jury to award only $50,000 to $100,000, but clearly the jury did not buy the defense’s attempt to discount justice. In this case, the Plaintiff slipped and fell on a freshly painted walkway at a retail property and suffered serious injuries to her shoulder and bicep requiring surgery. The Plaintiff was additionally diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a nerve compression disorder resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling. Great work Greg and Clare!

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Options for Compensation After a Wildfire

California’s recent fires have caused millions of dollars in destruction from property damage, injury, and death. The 2018 fire season has the dubious honor of being the worst in California history. Thousands of residents throughout the state have been displaced from their homes and suffered both tangible and intangible losses as a result. Knowing your options for compensation following a wildfire is one of the best ways to protect your family... Read More

How Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Wildfire Victims

Tragically, this has been a catastrophic year for wildfires throughout the state of California. Several blazes have ravaged the area, leading to hundreds of thousands of acres burned, thousands of people displaced from their homes, and millions of dollars of property damage. With so many people reporting total losses, insurance companies are inundated with claims. As a policyholder, you essentially pay your premiums in exchange for a promis... Read More

Mudslide Risk After Wildfires

In the wake of the recent Camp Fire that ripped through Paradise and surrounding communities, thousands of California residents find themselves displaced from their homes. The blaze led to millions of dollars in property damage and dozens of injuries and deaths. As the deadliest wildfire in California history, officials are still tallying the damage – and residents will feel the effects for years to come. Though the blaze may be officially ... Read More

Greg Bentley Featured on KNBC Los Angeles

Randy Mac of KNBC Los Angeles ran an in-depth piece on one of Greg Bentley’s clients and her 18 month old daughter who were severely injured by a defective e-cigarette battery. Mr. Bentley also discussed the complete lack of regulation in the e-cigarette industry and how it continually puts consumers at risk.

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/investigations/E-cigarette-lawsuit-toddler-burned-unregulated-danger-explosion-500885471.html

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Bentley & More Fighting LG Chem’s Attempt to Avoid Responsibility for Exploding E-Cigarette Battery Injuries

November 19, 2018 – Orange County, CA – LG Chem, LTD. is the Korean company responsible for manufacturing many of the exploding lithium-ion batteries used in today’s e-cigarette devices. It is now attempting to shield itself from responsibility for the devastating injuries suffered by unsuspecting consumers when their defective LG battery exploded. Although California e-cigarette users can easily and routinely purchase LG lithium-ion batteries in retail stores and online, LG has filed seven motions (with more to come) throughout the state seeking to avoid legal responsibility for this harm based upon a “lack of California jurisdiction.”

Greg Bentley, founding partner of Bentley & More LLP in Newport Beach, CA, which is litigating more than 20 cases in which an LG lithium-ion battery exploded and severely injured a California consumer, is pushing back against this stall tactic. On November 13, Bentley’s firm filed a Motion to Transfer and Coordinate Actions in Orange County Superior Court asking to coordinate at least seven actions for the purposes of conducting the necessary and relevant jurisdictional discovery.

“It’s shocking that this company buries its head in the sand, reaping profits on the sale of these defective LG lithium-ion batteries, and then has the gall to assert essentially, ‘hey, we are from South Korea, you can’t sue us in California.’ It’s appalling and consumers should be aware,” said Bentley. Bentley & More is leading the charge in holding e-cigarette companies accountable, with Greg Bentley handling cases on behalf of injured consumers throughout the United States. “LG’s tactics are just another shining example of the e-cigarette industry’s desire to put profit over safety. We will keep fighting and keep bringing attention to the issue, until something changes,” said Bentley.

About Bentley & More LLP
Bentley & More LLP specializes in working closely with clients to deeply understand their lives and tell their individual stories. The firm’s success comes from tailoring each solution to a client’s particular needs. That success is measured in far more than awards, verdicts, and peer recognition, it is measured in the real differences made in our clients’ quality of life. Bentley & More focuses on the representation of consumers in the fields of catastrophic personal injury, product liability, insurance bad faith, and workers’ compensation, with particular expertise in matters that cross over multiple fields.

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What Happens if I Get in an Accident in an Uber?

The peer-to-peer model of doing business has enjoyed immense popularity in recent years. For both convenience and cost-savings, more people are skipping the taxi services in favor of companies like Uber and Lyft. These companies have their advantages but also their dangers. For one, Uber and Lyft lack the thorough vetting processes of cab companies. Additionally, since the peer-to-peer model is relatively new, liability is still an evolving ar... Read More