Represented developer in litigation matter involving the development of land in Northern California. Case was voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff following successful demurrer and special motion to strike (anti-SLAPP).
National Homebuilder – Construction Litigation
Newmeyer Dillion partners, Philip Kopp and Leonard Polyakov, successfully defended a national homebuilder in a construction defect lawsuit involving the owners of 71 homes. Plaintiffs’ counsel asked the jury to award the homeowners more than $24 million in damages. At the conclusion of a trial that lasted more than six months, the jury returned verdicts totaling less than one percent (1%) of the amount requested.
Private Developer – Real Estate Litigation
Newmeyer Dillion partners, Philip Kopp and Leonard Polyakov, negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of their client, a private real estate developer, in a breach of contract lawsuit against a land seller over property contaminated with asbestos.
Advised majority shareholders of international petroleum company in dispute with minority shareholders and officers that resulted in successful removal of self-dealing officer and discovery of evidence supporting further misconduct that would have led millions of dollars in additional liability.