Founding Partner Eugene P. Ramirez's Trial Victory Chosen Among Top Verdicts Of 2022
Congratulations to Manning Kass Founding Partner Eugene P. Ramirez for having his defense verdict, Hernandez v. City of Huntington Beach selected as a Top Verdict of 2022 by the Daily Journal.
The case focused on an incident in 2017 where a man was chasing adults and children in a sports complex in Huntington Beach, CA while holding a sharpened stick and a broken bottle. Police were called to the scene to de-escalate the situation. When the man approached a mother and her small child on stadium bleachers and leaned over as if to attack her, the officers fired, which led to the man being pronounced dead at the scene.
The mother of the deceased man sued the city for wrongful death by excessive force as well as negligence. After deliberation, Mr. Ramirez and City Attorney Michael E. Gates were able to prove that the plaintiff's son was indeed in a position where he was about to attack the mother and her child, which led to a defense verdict in their favor. The case took place in February 2022.
You can read more about the verdict here (subscription required). Congrats to Mr. Ramirez and everyone involved!