The firm represented a 90 year old Spanish national struck while crossing the street by an inattentive driver. Despite having less than $12,000 in emergency room bills, Plaintiff was able to secure a $1,000,000 settlement on the eve of trial. Numerous experts were retained on the matter, including a neuropsychologist from UCLA, a rehabilitation physician, a life care planner and an economist. Numerous issues were disputed, including life expectancy and the extent of Plaintiff's injuries.
Jabagchourian served as lead counsel representing the City and County of San Francisco in a fraud and breach of contract claim against an IT contractor involving false invoices for work not performed. The contractor brought a counter-suit, seeking over $10 million because the City and County prohibited the company from doing business with it in the future, in violation of federal civil rights. The result was that the jury found the contractor liable for fraud and for breaching the contract. Additionally, the jury unanimously found that the City and County did not violate the contractor’s civil rights. The contract and civil rights decisions were upheld on appeal.
A San Diego Naval surgeon was killed while riding his bicycle to work by an AMR transportation van. The police investigation concluded that it was the bicyclist that was at fault. After considerable investigation, the case went to trial. The jury awarded the family of the bicyclists a verdict of $17.4 million, the highest single death personal injury award in San Diego County history.
Ara Jabagchourian served as lead trial counsel in a four week class action trial related to a Ponzi scheme. Jabagchourian represented 800 class members who were defrauded in a purported equipment lease business. The president, chief financial officer and the widow of the chief executive officer were all part of the suit. The jury award the class $47.2 million against the president and CFO of the company. In the second phase of the trial, the judge awarded $114.5 million against the widow of the CEO based on the doctrine of alter ego. The matter was upheld in the court of appeal.
Jabagchourian represented nearly five dozen households who were devastated by the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) gas explosion in San Bruno. After considerable investigation, all the cases settled, with the clients receiving substantial recoveries.
A woman in Northern California was viciously attacked by three large dogs. Bringing the case to the brink of trial, the plaintiff obtained a substantial confidential sum, including a large sum from a defendant who did not own the dogs.
Jabagchourian was also appointed liaison counsel in cases involving the listing of a Princess Cruise Line ship off the coast of Florida. The cases were all brought to successful resolution, with the plaintiffs receiving a confidential sum.
Jabagchourian also represented a minority shareholder in a closely held family business that held substantial agricultural land, helicopters, and timberland in Northern California. In a bench trial, the judge awarded $45.7 million to the plaintiff.
Jabagchourian obtained a unanimous fraud verdict against a trustee of an investment outfit known as Hope Life Foundation. The case involved a Ponzi scheme that fell apart during a downturn in the economy.