JSH Case Noted in Arizona Attorney Article - Arizona's Top 10 Civil Verdicts of 2011Posted Wednesday July 18, 2012Article excerpt below taken from the June 2012 issue of Arizona Attorney magazine. Author is Kelly MacHenry.
Significant Defense Verdicts
In the interest of equal time and coverage, we highlight some noteworthy defense verdicts below. These are from a variety of different types of cases in which the claimed damages at trial were high. Here are a few of the year’s significant Arizona defense verdicts:
Melody Bullock v. Teufel Management, LLC
Maricopa County Superior Court, CV2008-092955
Melody Bullock was a cashier who was driving home when she was hit broadside by non-party Eliodoro Lopez Gamez. Ninety minutes after the crash, Gamez’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.242, and he was arrested for extreme DUI. Bullock sustained a fractured left wrist and developed infections that resulted in the amputation of three fingers. She alleged that Gamez was overserved at the restaurant and sports bar Native New Yorker, which was owned by Teufel Management. Bullock asked the jury to award $40 million. Teufel Management defended that Gamez did not drink any alcohol at its restaurant.
JSH defense attorneys included Ed Hochuli and Blake DeLong.