The case of Mansdorf v. Giacomazza, involving an 88-year-old man who had become the trustee of the family trust upon the death of his brother. The primary asset of the trust was 1300 acres of Malibu coastline, valued at $400,000,000. Giacomazza, through lies and duress, had swindled Mr. Mansdorf of the property. Orloff and Associates was able to demonstrate to the court the lies and lack of credibility of Giacomazza and obtained a judgment returning the property to the family trust.
In another recent case, the Bureau of Automotive Repair shut down our client's auto body repair shop for alleged violations of California state laws. Our client had financed equipment and other materials and signed a 10-year lease, so it was vitally important the business remain operational. Because of our swift and aggressive action on its behalf, we were able to successfully protect our client's real estate interests and the business stayed open.
In Primetech v. Volvo Aero, we represented an aircraft parts manufacturer that bought parts that they were going to resell. When the parts were not delivered we took immediate legal action against the vendor and were able to successfully recover nearly all of the money as well as the parts. This case ended up being a sizeable settlement for our clients.
When an unlicensed contractor tore down our client's house and then abandoned the project, we were able to sue the contractor and recover a six-figure judgment against the unlicensed contractor. Under the law, an unlicensed contractor is viewed by the court as just as serious as an unlicensed doctor or lawyer. Any money that they have taken must be returned, and the court will treat the action as misrepresentation, and in some cases, fraud.
In Valov v. DMV, our client opposed being photographed for a driver's license on religious grounds. Rather than citing the law as a reason for declining the case, we took the case and had the law changed by arguing that our client's case did not involve a compelling state interest. By successfully arguing that another standard applied to our client's situation, we protected his rights and many others facing the same issue.