Verdicts and Settlements
Read Through Past Successes for Our Chico Law Firm
The attorneys at Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza, LLP have been representing residents of Chico, California in a wide range of legal areas for over 100 years. Since our firm began serving the greater Chico area community in the early 1900’s, we have been committed to helping our clients fight for justice in personal injury law as well as other areas, including estate law and business law. Below, our attorneys explain some of our most notable and proudest achievements in recent years. For more information about how we can help you with your legal case, please contact us to schedule an initial consultation.
Legal Disclaimer: Every case is different and depends on a variety of factors unique to your situation. The case results below do not guarantee a similar outcome for your situation and do not constitute legal advice.
Notable Case Results
Supreme Court Win: Big Victory for Local Governments
City of Oroville vs Superior Court of Butte County
2019: On August 15, 2019, lead attorneys for the City of Oroville, Mark A. Habib and Lia M. Juhl-Rhodes, from the law firm of Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza, LLP won a landmark inverse condemnation case in the California Supreme Court. In reversing a decision against the City of Oroville by the Butte County Superior Court and Court of Appeal, 3rd District, the California Supreme Court held that Oroville’s sewer system was not the legal cause of damage to the plaintiff dentists’ office building. The Supreme Court unanimously held that the dentists’ failure to install a backwater valve on their building, which was required by State and local building codes, was the legal cause of the dentists’ claimed damages. Amicus briefs were filed in support of City of Oroville’s position by a variety of municipal agencies and municipalities, including the League of California Cities. This was the first significant inverse condemnation decision ruled on by the California Supreme Court in more than twenty years. Click here to read more.
Oct. 2019: Partner Anthony Cardoza represented a client who faced felony charges of Domestic Violence and False Imprisonment. Prior to trial, Mr. Cardoza was able to get the charged reduced to misdemeanors by the Judge at the Preliminary Hearing. At trial, the client was found not guilty of all charges, including a lesser included charge of battery. After two days of trial, it took the jury less than an hour to find our client not guilty of all charges.
Clearance of Felony Criminal Charges
Oct. 2019: Partner Anthony Cardoza represented a client in Butte County charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence causing injury. After a contested Preliminary Hearing, Mr. Cardoza was able to convince the Judge to reduce the felonies to misdemeanors in the case. Our client avoided a potential State Prison sentence and pled guilty to the misdemeanor.
Gun Rights Protected
Oct. 2019: Partner Anthony Cardoza won a court trial in which the Government was attempting through a civil restraining order process to take a citizen’s gun rights away.
Clearance of Felony Criminal Charges
2018: Partner Anthony Cardoza led a two-day jury trial representing a defendant who faced a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, namely a vehicle. Under Penal Code section 245(a)(1), a conviction for these charges would have resulted in up to four years in state prison and lifetime loss of her driver’s license. Additionally, our client would have also lost her occupational license, which which would have ended her decades-long career. However, the client was cleared of her felony charge and instead was found guilty on a much lesser offense of misdemeanor assault. She received probation, and retained her driving and professional license.
Acquittal of Misdemeanor Criminal Charges
2018: Partner Anthony Cardoza represented a client who faced the charge of a misdemeanor count of spousal battery under Penal Code section 243(e)(1). If convicted, he could have faced one year of jail time, and he would have lost his right to own firearms, which would have then ended his longtime career. Due to Cardoza’s work, the defendant’s verdict was an acquittal of all charges.
$3 Million Settlement
2016: Settlement on construction site injury case for the policy limits of 3 million dollars.
$1.5 Million Settlement
2014: Settlement for 19-unit mobilehome park for 1.5 million based upon violations of leases, mobilehome residency law, construction defect, and breach of habitability. Our attorneys represented the owners of 13 of the units in question.