Daily Journal Recognizes Williams v. Wyndham Case As One Of The Top Verdicts in California For 2016
On February 15, 2017, California’s leading legal newspaper, the Daily Journal, has recognized the outstanding success of attorneys Chris Dolan and Anne Costin in Williams v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership as one of the Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts in California for 2016. Learn more about the award.
Uber Is Putting Public Safety At Risk With Non-Authorized Self-Driving Chris Dolan Charges
In response to Uber’s deployment of self-driving cars in San Francisco without the DMV’s authorization, Chris Dolan told the National Law Journal on December 14, 2016, “This is just another example of Uber giving the finger to regulators and putting public safety at risk.” A longstanding legal foe of Uber, Chris sued Uber on behalf of the family of Sofia Liu, a 6-year-old who was struck and killed by an Uber driver while she crossed a San Francisco street with her parents and brother on New Year’s Eve in 2013.
“I thought Uber had grown up a little and become a more mainstream company and was willing to follow safety regulations,” Chris added. “It appears that was an overly optimistic view.”
$20 Million Verdict For Whistleblower Who Reported Time Share Sales Fraud
On November 25, 2016, columnist Gretchen Morgenson of the New York Times profiled Patricia Williams and the $20 million verdict in the whistleblower lawsuit. Morgenson wrote that Ms. Williams “succeeded in bringing to light abuses at a powerful corporation that wanted to keep them hidden.” Chris Dolan stated, “I hope this case sounds an alarm for corporate America. Change your behavior — or a jury will change it for you.”
Learn more about the Wyndham timeshare fraud whistleblower lawsuit.
Chris Dolan Speaks Out Against Litigation Funding Disclosure Rule
Litigation funding helps individuals or classes of plaintiffs represented by small law firms hold accountable large, deep-pocketed corporations for their misconduct. A proposed rule in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California requires parties in civil suits to disclose the presence of litigation funders, including in pending cases.
On November 23, 2016, Chris Dolan informed the Northern California Record, a publication from U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, requiring disclosure of third-party financing is irrelevant to any issue in the litigation. Instead, Chris stated, “It’s a tool to try to figure out whether the plaintiff has the funding to go the distance.” The rule would provide defense counsel an unfair advantage and create an opportunity for leverage by driving up the costs of litigation through delay and excessive discovery requests and motions.
Court Stops Physicians From Pulling Plug On Woman Erroneously Diagnosed As Brain Dead
The Mercury News reported on May 17, 2016, that last year four physicians at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California, declared Anahita Meshkin brain dead. They wanted to pull the plug on the then-29-year-old woman, who had been in a coma since 2007 after suffering a massive seizure while battling anorexia.
Anahita’s father, Mohammad Meshkin, knew her brain was functioning. “You were all trying to kill her, and she’s still alive,” Meshkin recalled saying to hospital staff at the time. He called attorney Chris Dolan who responded and filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to block the hospital from withholding Anahita’s treatment.
Hours later, two UC San Francisco School of Medicine neurologists and professors conducted an independent test — ordered by a Contra Costa Superior Court judge — and determined Anahita was not brain-dead after all. “Mr. Dolan saved Anahitia. He’s my hero and Anahita’s savior,” stated Meshkin in an interview this week.
In a companion article, the Mercury News profiled Chris Dolan, noting that since taking on the case of Jahi McMath, an Oakland teen declared brain-dead in 2013 following complications from tonsil surgery, he has became an unlikely leader in a growing resistance to the medical establishment’s long-standing determination that the loss of brain activity equals death.
“I’m getting calls from people who have a strong feeling that the doctors can’t be trusted and may be seeking to cover something up or put an end to it,” Dolan stated.
Chris Dolan Appears on Brian Copeland’s Radio Show
On April 19, 2016, Brian Copeland of KGO Radio 810 in the San Francisco Bay Area interviewed Chris Dolan. Focusing first on Jahi McMath’s condition and the civil rights lawsuit her mother filed to reverse the finding of brain death based on new medical evidence, Chris also answered listener questions on a wide range of legal topics.
Chris Dolan Expresses Caution On Push To Introduce Self-Driving Cars
In a collision caused by a self-driving car, is the passenger, car owner, manufacturer liable? Or are all three legally responsible. The calculus of duty is uncertain, and this issue lies at the heart of policy, legislative, and regulatory discussions of autonomous vehicles. In an article published in the February 2016 issue of Trial magazine Chris Dolan addresses these questions.
One month earlier, Chris stated to the Washington, D.C. publication Roll Call that there is no need to rush and bring driverless cars to the market quickly when major issues involving their safety, cybersecurity, and liability remain unresolved. “What gets me concerned more is the tech companies saying we want to rush to market or the vehicle manufacturers saying we want to rush to market,” Chris observed. “There needs to be assurance to the public through proper development and testing that these systems are going to be safe.”
Cell Phone Video Records Restaurant Patrons In Restroom
On January 21, 2016, NBC Bay Area news reporter Cheryl Hurd interviewed Chris about a new case involving a “Peeping Tom.” A worker at a popular Mexican restaurant videotaped adults and allegedly children who used the restroom.
Lawsuit Filed To Deem Jahi McMath Alive And Restore Her Civil Rights
On December 23, 2015, on behalf of Jahi McMath and her mother Nailah Winkfield, the Dolan Law Firm filed a complaint in federal court in San Francisco for violation’s of McMath’s civil rights. The complaint summarizes overwhelming evidence, support of numerous expert physician declarations, that McMath’s brain is active.
The suit requests that the federal court invalidate the certificate of death issued for McMath, declare that she is not brain-dead under the criteria established by California law, and restore her fundamental constitutional and civil rights.
The complaint charges that several of Jahi’s constitutional rights have been violated, including rights outlined in the Fourteenth Amendment, which provides that no “State (shall) deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.”
“This complaint is designed to restore Jahi McMath’s life — to give her the most basic dignity and freedom to be called a human being and not a corpse,” Chris Dolan stated at a press conference.
Uber Settles Sophia Liu Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Ride service Uber has reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the family of a 6-year-old girl who died in a San Francisco car accident, Reuters reported on July 15, 2015.
The girl, Sofia Liu, died after she, her younger brother and their mother were hit by a car in a San Francisco cross-walk on New Year’s Eve in 2013. At the time of the crash, the driver was logged on to the Uber X smartphone app and was available to provide rides, the lawsuit said.
Liu’s family asked the court to keep terms of the settlement with Uber confidential, court filings showed, citing the privacy of her brother.
“The settlement is confidential and the family will only say that while nothing will ever bring Sofia back, they are grateful to the American Judicial System for providing them a way to resolve the legal issues raised by Sofia’s death,” Christopher Dolan, attorney for the Liu family, said in a statement.
San Francisco Housing Authority Sued Over Fatal Fire
Relatives of Esther Ioane and her son Santana Williams who were killed on April 16, 2014, in a fire in San Francisco public housing have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against The City and the Housing Authority, the San Francisco Examiner reported on June 15, 2015.
Ioane and Williams died on April 16, 2014, after a fast-moving fire consumed their two-bedroom unit at 76 Brookdale Avenue in the Sunnydale housing projects.
The complaint was filed by attorney Chris Dolan and co-counsel in San Francisco Superior Court in March on behalf of Keith Williams, Santana’s father, and Ioane’s two surviving children. The suit cites negligence in maintaining the property due to Sunnydale’s well-known poor physical condition and the Housing Authority’s failure to perform necessary upkeep on the blockhouse-style buildings.
Chris Dolan Comments On New Rideshare Driver Insurance Coverage
On May 27, 2015, the Los Angeles Times interviewed Chris Dolan regarding a new insurance product designed to fill an insurance gap for drivers with companies such as UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar.
The policy provides coverage for drivers who are waiting for a match from on-demand transportation applications such as UberX.
Chris created a national conversation regarding this critical insurance gap in 2014 by representing a San Francisco family in connection with the death of 6-year-old Sofia Liu. The Dolan Law Firm has the nation’s leading rideshare accident practice representing passengers and pedestrians injured in accidents by rideshare drivers.
Additional Press Coverage
- Records Dispute City’s Account Of Fatal Sunnyvale Fire, San Francisco Chronicle, July 22, 2014
- Public Housing Resident Requested Smoke Detectors Fixed Before Fatal Fire, San Francisco Examiner, July 22, 2014
- San Jose Mother Files Suit For Son’s Molestation By School Employee, February 1, 2014
- Uber And A Child’s Death, New York Times, January 27, 2014
- Chris Dolan: A Personal Story of Representing Jahi McMath, San Francisco Examiner, December 25, 2013
- Governor Signs Medical Record Bill Championed by Attorney Chris Dolan, October 1, 2013
- California Personal Injury Attorney Takes on Court Underfunding, The Recorder, August 11, 2011
- Attorney Chris Dolan Helps Improve Patient Care Through Proposed EMR Law
- The Wild One – Profile of Attorney Chris Dolan, Super Lawyers, August 2009
- Hog Heaven – Profile of Attorney Chris Dolan, California Lawyer, November 1999