Jerry Popovich, Celeena Pompeo, and Elaine Fresch Continue the Post-Covid Winning Streak with Two Defense Verdicts For a Horse Stable Corporation, and its Owner

Selman congratulates Jerry Popovich, Celeena Pompeo, and Elaine Fresch on their successful defense of a horse stable and its owner in a dog-bite incident involving a four-year-old girl, her mom, and her little brother. Selman’s horse stable client admitted liability under the California Dog Bite Statute as the dog’s owner, but the plaintiffs refused six-figure joint offers, and argued to the jury for $2.25 million.

During a 10-day jury trial in Orange County, the Selman team argued that the total compensation awarded should be $75,000 for the little girl who was bitten on her face, with a significant scar; it was argued that if liability was found for the mom, she should recover no more than $20,000; and for the little brother, the defense sought a defense verdict; the jury agreed.  The little girl was awarded $75,000, the exact sum the defense argued.  The mom and brother received nothing, with Selman’s clients getting defense verdicts.

“This is a fantastic outcome for our clients,” said Neil Selman, Managing Partner of Selman Breitman. “The result of this trial is a testament to the hard work and skill of Jerry and his team in the courtroom.”

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