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  • 12Dec
    2014

    Summary Judgment Affirmed

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    Acker & Whipple obtained summary judgment in behalf of a candle manufacturer defendant.  Twins perished in a house fire, and the boys’ parents sued, alleging a candle was defectively designed and caused the fire. Plaintiffs’ expert opined that the candle cracked or the glass casing couldn’t resist high temperatures, but he provided no factual basis for his opinions. The court sustained all objections to plaintiffs’ expert’s declaration and granted summary judgment on all causes of action.  Plaintiffs appealed. Acker & Whipple continued to represent the candle manufacturer.  The appellate court affirmed, agreeing that there was no triable issue of material fact regarding liability.  See the SUCCESSES page for more details.

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  • 01Dec
    2014

    Acker & Whipple Has Been Certified!

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    Acker & Whipple is now certified as a women’s business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the country.  We recognize the commitment to supplier diversity that is embraced by many corporations and government agencies today, and we can add diversity to your supply chain.

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  • 14Jul
    2014

    Defense Verdict Affirmed on Appeal

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    The Second District of California’s Court of Appeals recently affirmed in full the defense verdict for Acker and Whipple’s client in the matter of Torres-Medina v. San Luis Bay Inn Timeshare Association.  The appellate court also awarded full recovery of costs.  Attorneys Jerri Johnson and Laurie Stayton successfully tried the case to a San Luis Obispo jury in July 2013 and defended the case in the appeal that soon followed.  To read more about this case and learn more about these outstanding litigators, please see the SUCCESSES and ATTORNEYS pages of our website.

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  • 23Jun
    2014

    Did You Know Acker & Whipple Is Female Majority-Owned?

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    Acker & Whipple is excited to be applying for certification by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council as a  business owned, managed and controlled by women. WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of such businesses  and is the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations. With our application now submitted, Acker & Whipple expects the review process to be completed and certification granted by autumn. An interesting article, Responding to the Diversity Challenge, regarding increasing diversity in the legal community can be found  HERE.

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  • 10Apr
    2014

    Jerri Johnson Joins Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

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    Acker & Whipple is pleased to announce that Jerri Johnson has been invited to join the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.  The CLM is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Risk Managers, claims professionals and attorneys.  Through education and collaboration the organization’s goals are to create a common interest in the representation by firms of companies, and to promote and further the highest standards of litigation management in pursuit of client defense.  Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership by invitation only based on nominations from CLM Fellows.

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  • 09Apr
    2014

    The Firm Welcomes Two Additional Attorneys

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    Michael Worth and Michael Goodman recently accepted attorney positions with Acker & Whipple. We are proud to have them on our team. They will be working in all the firm’s practice areas.  Please look to the website’s ATTORNEYS page for more information.

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  • 10Dec
    2013

    Acker & Whipple Is Proud to Welcome its Newest Attorney

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    Stephanie Marshall recently accepted an associate attorney position with the firm. She will be working in all the firm’s practice areas.  Read more on the Attorneys page.

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  • 13Oct
    2013

    Congratulations to Jerri Johnson and Laurie Stayton

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    who recently obtained a defense verdict in favor of the firm’s client, a time-share resort in San Luis Obispo. Local jurors were not convinced that plaintiff’s slip and fall accident was caused by any negligence of the resort. This victory was highlighted in DRI’s The Voice. Click on the title of this news story, then click here to read it.

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  • 13Oct
    2013

    Leader Spotlight

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    Acker & Whipple congratulates Colette Magnetta, featured in the Leader Spotlight of DRI’s The Voice. Click on the title of this news story, then Click here to read the article. Click here for the full newsletter.

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  • 13Oct
    2013

    The Defense Wins

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    The Defense Research Institute is featuring attorneys Jerri Johnson and Laurie Stayton and their prior jury trial win in this week’s The Voice. Click on the title of this news story, then Click Here to read the article. Click here for the full newsletter.

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  • 13Oct
    2013

    Acker Appointed Vice Chair of DRI Committee

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    Defense Research Institute (DRI) has appointed Stephen Acker as Vice Chair of its Law Practice Management Committee, effective October 21, 2013. The latest issue of DRI’s It’s Your Business features an article by Stephen Acker about the “business” of law practice. Click on the title of this news story; then Click here to read to the article. Click here for the full newsletter.

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  • 13Oct
    2013

    Two Recent Motions for Summary Judgment Granted

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    Colette Magnetta moved on behalf of an event promoter defendant. Plaintiff claimed insufficient crowd control at a concert-like event allowed an unexpected bump which caused him to fall on stairs and incur a brain injury. Defendant asserted that it did not owe a duty to plaintiff for the unforeseeable touching and causation was speculative. The Court granted summary judgment. Stephen Acker and Kelley Harman obtained summary judgment in behalf of a candle manufacturer defendant. The mother of two young boys lit a candle in their room and fell asleep. Soon after, LA Fire Department responded to a fire at the home in which the boys had both perished. LAFD recovered no...

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  • 13Oct
    2013

    Jerri Johnson Accepted into ABOTA

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    The firm’s managing attorney Jerri Johnson has been accepted as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. ABOTA prides itself on its exclusive membership, by invitation only, to trial lawyers “of high personal character and honorable reputation” who has also met qualifications of significant trial experience.

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Pursuing Excellence in Defense Litigation

Jerri Lynn Johnson

Jerri Johnson

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The law firm of Acker & Whipple maintains a diverse litigation practice representing businesses, professional persons and governmental entities involved in most areas of civil litigation in California state and local federal courts, with an emphasis upon defense of product liability, construction workplace accident, property damage, premises liability, and transportation claims. The firm is rated AV, the highest rating for competence and integrity, by the Martindale-Hubbell Directory.



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