Ray Gates Granted Summary Judgment and the Nevada Supreme Affirmed the Trial Court’s Ruling

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In Korton v. Conrad, Inc., 119 Nev. Adv. Rep. 14, 67 P.2d 316 (2003), the Nevada Supreme Court upheld a grant of summary judgment Ray Gates obtained in favor of an employer who was sued for wrongful death allegedly caused by the employer’s employee. The case, which Ray handled both the trial court and Supreme Court levels, further defined Nevada’s “going and coming rule”, which establishes when an employer is liable for injuries caused by an employee’s driving.

Mark Tokunaga Receives a Defense Verdict for Ski Resort

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In 2003, Mark Tokunaga defended a California ski resort.  Plaintiff claimed that the ski resort created a dangerous condition on a ski run and failed to remedy or warn of that condition.  Mark successfully defended the ski resort at trial in which the jury took only 11 minutes to deliberate before returning the defense verdict.

Mark Tokunaga Receives a Trial Court’s Dismissal and the Court of Appeal Affirmed Trial Court’s Ruling

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Platzer v. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area was tried in May 2001 by Mark Tokunaga. This was a case in which the mother of a seven-year-old boy signed a release of liability when she placed her son in a ski school lesson. The boy was seriously injured when he fell from a chairlift (a common carrier). The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of all negligence claims based on the release and upheld the jury’s verdict in favor of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area on the issue of gross negligence. Platzer v. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, 104 Cal.App.4th 1253 (2002)

Ray Gates Successfully Defends USAA in Bad Faith Cases

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Ray defended USAA in bad faith cases at trial and through appeal, including the highly publicized case of Moralez v. USAA, which involved the disappearance and likely murder of his key witness, Doris Inzunza, a USAA employee and member of a Sacramento organization protecting women from stalkers. The CBS news program “48 Hours” extensively covered the case.