County Bexar County Trials

At Brock Person Guerra Reyna, we have tried hundreds of cases over the years, too many to include in this website. We have, however, chosen to include each of those cases governed by a jury verdict where the amount sought was in excess of $500,000. It is important to note that we have included every case tried under this broad category, not just select verdicts.


Kohutek v. General Motors Corporation
(Bexar County) Plaintiff was driving a General Motors Tahoe which went off a state highway and rolled over three times. Plaintiff, who was wearing his seat belt, had swerved to avoid a piece of debris in the roadway and lost control of the vehicle. Plaintiff, a financial manager for a local grocery chain, was rendered a quadriplegic as a result of the accident. Plaintiff sued on a product liability theory alleging that the roof strength of the GM Tahoe was inadequate to protect occupants during rollovers and that other vehicles on the market had air bag systems and rollover activated seatbelt pre-tensioners that would have prevented the quadriplegia. Brock Person Guerra Reyna was hired less than 45 days before trial. The medical specials were $5,500,000 and the lost wages were $2,044,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $50,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $7,500,000. The pre-trial offer was $1,500,000. The jury, after a month long trial and after three days of deliberations, returned a zero verdict in favor of General Motors Corporation.

Blackthorne v. Hewlett Packard Company (Bexar County) Plaintiff was terminated from her position as HP's top national sales representative after she filed an EEOC complaint of sexual harassment against two HP sales managers. Plaintiff complained that she was forced to attend a company retreat which took place on a house boat. She characterized it as a drunken orgy where she was subjected to sexually charged language, excessive drinking and body shots, public urination, and public intercourse (all by HP managers). Both managers were terminated along with Plaintiff. The Plaintiff was earning over $100,000 per year and the lost wages were $3,550,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $33,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $750,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Salvatierra v. VIA Metropolitan Transit (Bexar County) Plaintiff, a three year old child, was riding his tricycle on a sidewalk when he was run over by a 40,000 pound VIA bus. The bus was turning right at an intersection. The parents of the child witnessed the accident. The child's leg was severed by the tires of the bus and could not be reattached. The medical specials were $600,000 and the lost wage earning capacity was $200,000. The Plaintiffs asked the jury to award $30,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $5,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Gaskill v. McDonald's Restaurants (Bexar County) Plaintiff, a minor employee, was raped by a McDonald's manager (a registered sex offender who was hired without a criminal background check being performed). The manager had been previously convicted of sexually assaulting a nine year old girl and a thirteen year old girl. After the rape, the manager was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison. Three clinical psychologists testified that the Plaintiff suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after the rape. Brock Person Guerra Reyna was hired less than thirty days before trial. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $25,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $2,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $600,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Sanchez v. SpawGlass Inc. , et. al. (Bexar County) Plaintiff was walking to work on a sidewalk and was killed (electrocuted) when she stepped on an energized metal lid of an electrical pull box. The pull box was on a sidewalk that was being worked on as part of the UTSA Downtown Project. The two minor children of the Plaintiff sued the general contractor in charge of renovating UTSA Downtown as well as other subcontractors responsible for work around the sidewalk and electrical pull box. Two of the five Defendants settled the week prior to trial for $2,500,000. The case proceeded to trial against the remaining three Defendants. The Plaintiffs asked the jury to award $20,000,000. The pre-trial demand to SpawGlass (general contractor) was $12,500,000. The pre-trial offer from SpawGlass (general contractor) was $10,000. The jury returned a verdict of $7,590,000 in favor of the Plaintiff against four of the five Defendants. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of SpawGlass, Inc (Brock Person Guerra Reyna client).

Johnston v. Six Flags Fiesta Texas (Bexar County) Plaintiff sued for a traumatic head injury which resulted from striking her head while riding the Joker's Revenge rollercoaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. There were eight other instances of head injuries which Plaintiff claimed supported her theory that the rollercoaster was unreasonably dangerous and that Defendant knew about it. The rollercoaster was removed from service after the incident involving the Plaintiff. Plaintiff's treating doctors testified that she suffered from traumatic brain injury and other cognitive disorders which prevented her from working. The specials were $450,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $20,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $450,000. The pre-trial offer was $50,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the defense.

Robles v. Clark Construction Company (Bexar County) Plaintiffs (3 adults, 2 children) were in an automobile accident allegedly caused by a five inch roadway drop off. The roadway was under construction at the time and the Plaintiff alleged that the Defendant did not follow the State of Texas plans and specifications in constructing the road (which only permit a two inch drop off). One Plaintiff (mother) was killed and another (daughter) suffered a brain injury and a laceration which caused her to lose 95% of her intestine. The collective medical specials were $774,000. The lost wages of the father, who could not return to work after the accident and resulting surgery, were $283,000. The Plaintiffs asked the jury to award $15,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $5,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $100,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Garza v. Sandalwood Management (Bexar County) Plaintiff was an invitee at a neighborhood bar on Defendant's premises. Plaintiff was involved in an argument with two intoxicated patrons who were asked to leave the bar. One of the intoxicated patrons ran over the Plaintiff as he was exiting the bar, severing his leg. The premises had a prior murder and prior armed robber on site. An adjacent property operated by the Defendant had 33 aggravated assaults in the year preceding this incident. The medical specials were $500,000 and the lost wages were $100,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $12,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $5,000,000 and the pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant and assessed responsibility on the Plaintiff for causing his own injuries.

Trevino v. Holub Custom Homes (Bexar County) Plaintiffs hired Defendant to build them a custom home. Two months after the Plaintiffs moved in, and the first time they used the gas fireplace in the master bedroom, the house caught fire and completely burned to the ground. Plaintiffs were home at the time and witnessed their home and all its contents destroyed. The property damage was $2,250,000.The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $8,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,750,000. The pre-trial offer was $300,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Kennedy v. Grocers Supply Company (Bexar County) Decedent had a vehicle break down on IH-10 near Kerrville, Texas. Plaintiff alleged that the decedent was killed when Defendant's 18 wheel tractor-trailer veered onto the shoulder and struck decedent. The lead investigating DPS Trooper testified that the Defendant driver admitted he was fatigued and had only gotten 4 hours of sleep the night before. He reconstructed the accident and determined that it took place on the shoulder. Defendant claimed that the decedent was partly in the lane of travel when he was struck. The lost wages were $600,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $6,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $125,000. The jury returned a zero verdict for the defense, assessing 100% negligence on the Plaintiff.

Mendez v. Aaron Rents (Bexar County) Plaintiff sued after she was harassed and abused by an employee of the Defendant. Over a 3 month period, the employee admittedly abused her and her children in trying to collect a debt (making up to 15 calls per day, banging on doors late at night, and leaving obscene/profane messages in writing). The employee was hired in violation of company policy shortly after serving time in a federal prison for possessing with intent to distribute marijuana.The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $6,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $2,600,000. The pre-trial offer ws $300,000. The jury returned a verdict for the Plaintiff totaling $490,000. The jury returned a verdict for the Defendant as to the claims of the minor children ($0 awarded for each of the 3 children).

Luna v. Acme Brick Company (Bexar County) Plaintiff was on his way to work and operating a motor vehicle which became disabled in the travel lanes of an interstate highway. Defendant, who was driving a fully loaded 18 wheel tractor-trailer, was traveling in the same direction as Plaintiff. Defendant struck and killed Plaintiff as Plaintiff was attempting to exit his vehicle. Defendant had his cruise control set at the speed limit (65 mph) in light rain and fog, which Plaintiff alleged was too fast for the conditions. The economic specials were $350,000. The Plaintiff sued on a negligence theory and asked the jury to award $5,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Capitol Meat Company v. Alamo Meat Purveyors (Bexar County) A former owner of Plaintiff sold his assets in the company and signed a non-compete agreement pledging not to work in the wholesale meat purveying business. Thereafter, and although not owning, controlling, or sharing in the profits of Defendant, the former owner of Plaintiff acted as a guarantor for Defendant who directly competed with Plaintiff. Thereafter, Plaintiff went out of business and sued Defendant. The Plaintiff alleged business losses of $2,800,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $2,800,000. The pre-trial demand was $2,800,000. The pre-trial offer was $10,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Fore v. Vulcan Materials Company (Bexar County) Plaintiff was proceeding through an intersection with the right of way when a cement truck turned in front of her. Plaintiff alleged that Defendant failed to yield the right of way. The investigating officer, the accident reconstruction expert, and two eyewitnesses testified that Plaintiff had the right of way. Defendant contended that their driver had a protected turn arrow and that Plaintiff had enough time to avoid the accident if she had applied her brakes before entering the intersection. The specials were $72,500. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,500,000. The pre-trial demand was $300,000. The pre-trial offer was $15,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant (assessing 100% negligence on the Plaintiff).

Schnabel v. C&J Heating & Air Conditioning Company (Bexar County) Plaintiff, a 95 year old widow, hired Defendant to inspect and service her heating system. Defendant admittedly told Plaintiff her heating system was in good working order. Shortly after the inspection, the house caught fire and completely burned to the ground. Plaintiff was home at the time and witnessed her home of over fifty years and all its contents destroyed. The Plaintiff hired eight liability and damages experts. The Defendant hired none. The property damage was $500,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $750,000. The pre-trial offer was $150,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Jordan v. VIA Metropolitan Transit (Bexar County) Plaintiff, 78 years old, blind, and wheelchair bound, rolled out of a VIA Trans van and onto her head. She died shortly thereafter. Plaintiff sued for negligence because her wheelchair was not secured with straps available on the van and because she was left unattended for several minutes. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $100,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Pruneda v. VIA Metropolitan Transit (Bexar County) Plaintiff, a pedestrian, was crossing a downtown street within a crosswalk when she was run over by a 40,000 pound VIA bus. The bus was turning left at an intersection. Three eyewitnesses confirmed that the crosswalk signal favored the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff underwent lumbar surgery and was unable to return to work after the accident. The medical specials were $55,000 and the lost wages were $588,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant (assessing 100% negligence on the Plaintiff).

Harvey v. Gerloff Company, Inc. (Bexar County) Plaintiff experienced a washing machine overflow in her home. She reported the problems to her insurance company who hired Defendant to perform the repairs. Subsequent to the work of Defendant, Plaintiff experienced two additional water intrusion problems which was attributed to the negligent work of the Defendant. Plaintiff's expert testified that Defendant failed to properly address the water damage caused. The specials were in excess of $500,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Gluckman v. Badeco (Bexar County) Plaintiff sued for property damage and bodily injuries after exposure to mold stemming from construction work being performed by the Defendant at Plaintiff's residence. Plaintiff alleged that sewage backed up into Plaintiff's residence as a result of underground drilling. Plaintiff went to the hospital after exposure to the sewage and later underwent treatment for illness after exposure to mold. Plaintiff missed six months from work as a consequence. The specials were $375,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $800,000. The pre-trial demand was $350,000. The pre-trial offer was $100,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Montemayor v. Stop-n-Go Markets of Texas (Bexar County) Plaintiffs claimed to have been assaulted by a store clerk. Plaintiff claimed the store clerk came out of the store to attack them after they threatened to report him for closing early. The store clerk indicated he came out of the store, against company policy, to defend his vehicle which was being vandalized. An eyewitness testified that no vehicle was in the area. Plaintiff sued for the intentional torts of assault, false imprisonment, defamation, malicious prosecution, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $700,000. The pre-trial demand was $250,000. The pre-trial offer was $5,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Barrientes v. Thyssen Krupp Elevator (Bexar County) Plaintiff claimed to have been injured by an elevator which allegedly mis-leveled as she was exiting. There were two eyewitnesses who testified for the Plaintiff. Plaintiff pointed to other events of mis-leveling in the maintenance records. The medical specials were $50,000 and the lost wages were $25,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $500,000. The pre-trial demand was $250,000 and the pre-trial offer was $125,000. The jury returned a zero verdict for the Defendant.

Mendiola v. Dover Elevator Company (Bexar County) Plaintiff sued for injuries sustained when an elevator in which she was riding allegedly failed, causing it to fall three stories. Plaintiff claimed permanent injuries and several years of missed work as a consequence. The specials were $345,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $500,000. The pre-trial demand was $270,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Gutierrez v. Dover Elevator Company (Bexar County) Plaintiff sued for injuries sustained when an elevator in which she was riding allegedly failed, causing it to fall from floor to floor until it came to rest. There were two other occupants of the elevator (also testifying witnesses). Defendant denied that there was any defect with the elevator and that the elevator functioned exactly as it should have under the circumstances. The specials were $135,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $500,000. The pre-trial demand was $125,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

Keil v. Security Consultants (Bexar County) Plaintiff, a retail salesperson, was terminated from her job after an undercover investigation suggested she was stealing from a large department store. No documents were ever generated substantiating the allegations. The security company which conducted the investigation published the allegations to store employees. Thereafter, the Plaintiff was unable to find work and lapsed into a clinical depression for which she was treated. The medical specials were $13,000 and the lost wages were $327,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $3,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $300,000. The pre-trial offer was $50,000. The jury returned a verdict of $27,000 in favor of the Plaintiff.

Yanta v. USAA (Bexar County) Plaintiff was driving his vehicle and was struck by an uninsured driver who ran a red light. Plaintiff sued his insurance company for uninsured motorist benefits and bad faith. Plaintiff underwent surgery for a herniated disc in his neck. The Plaintiff had past medical specials of $23,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $300,000. The pre-trial offer was $20,000. The jury returned a verdict for the Plaintiff totaling $17,000.

Platz v. Grant-Lydick Beverage Company (Bexar County) Plaintiff was driving a Ford Explorer when she suffered a tread separation of the Firestone Wilderness AT tire on the right rear of the vehicle. The vehicle rolled six times and the Plaintiff was killed. Her husband and two minor daughters were in the vehicle. At the time of her death, she was employed as an attorney making $160,000 per year. Plaintiff sued Ford on a product liability theory alleging that the vehicle was prone to rollovers and that the roof was of inadequate strength during such accidents. Plaintiff sued Firestone on a product liability theory alleging that the tire was prone to tread separation. The subject tire had been patched before the accident by Grant-Lydick Beverage Company. The area of the tire where the tread separated was at the point of the patch. Plaintiff settled with Ford and Firestone for $7,250,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $7,500,000. The jury returned a verdict of $918,750 against the Defendant.

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