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California appeals court upholds $20 million settlement for burn victim

The California Court of Appeal’s Second District recently upheld a ruling made by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury in June 2014 that awarded almost $20 million to 27-year-old Pengxuan “Dean” Diao, who claimed in a personal injury lawsuit against Southern California Gas Co. that the utility company was responsible for a natural gas explosion in San Gabriel which severely burned him on Jan. 19, 2011.

Diao also filed a lawsuit against Richard Liu and Joanna Cheung, the owners of the Marshall Street home where the accident occurred.

Jurors awarded Diao a total of $19,876,818, noting that SoCalGas should be responsible for $18.1 million, while the remainder of the award should be paid by the landlords. Kevin Boyle, Diao’s legal counsel, said SoCalGas admitted its liability regarding the accident before trial proceedings and that the jury’s only job was to assign the amount of damages.

If you have suffered injuries in an accident that someone else caused, contact the legal team at Ritter & Associates by calling (619) 296-0123 as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.


Caitlyn Jenner reaches settlement with woman after PCH collision

Sixty-six-year-old television personality and retired Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner has reached a settlement with Jessica Steindorf, the driver of the Prius that was involved in the four-vehicular pileup that happened in February 2015 along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California and resulted in one fatality.

According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Jenner was not charged with a crime at the time because she “was traveling at a speed slightly below posted speed limit and minimally slower than victim” and it was not believed that Jenner committed any moving traffic offenses.

In a statement given the day after the accident, Jenner said: “It is a devastating tragedy and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time…I will continue to cooperate in any way possible.”

Our attorneys at Ritter & Associates in San Diego, California work for victims of car accidents caused by the negligence of others. We can help you pursue compensation for you injuries while you focus on your recovery. To learn more, call our offices today at (619) 296-0123.


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