The attorneys at Engles, Ketcham, Olson & Keith have successfully litigated a wide variety of cases for insurance companies, corporations and individuals.One example is the landmark case of Schafersman v. Agland Coop, 631 NW2d 862, (2001), in which our firm prevailed in arguing for Nebraska to adopt the Daubert standard for the admissibility of expert testimony.
In the case of Van Lamb v. Sand Livestock, Dist. Ct. Platte Co. Nebraska, 2003, Dan Ketcham successfully obtained a defense verdict in a product liability suit against the manufacturer of a hog confinement system.
In a recent case in the District Court of Douglas Co. Bert Engles successfully defended a suit brought against the employer of a deliveryman, who had already been convicted of rape. Despite the inflammatory nature of the case the jury returned a low verdict.
In the case of Gombert v. Borders Inc., Dist. Ct. Doug. Co., 2003, Dan Ketcham defended a large retail chain on a premises liability claim. The jury returned a defense verdict.
Steve Olson recently defended a complex 1983 action in federal court. The trial successfully resulted in a defense verdict for Douglas County. Green v. Douglas Co. et al.
Robert Keith recently represented a bridge contractor in a wrongful death trial in York, Nebraska. The decedent died in an automobile accident in a state highway construction zone and suffered over $800,000 in economic damages and $1,000,000 in non-economic damages. The jury returned a defense verdict. Haghighi v. United Contractors.
Robert Keith successfully appealed a Federal District Court for the District of Nebraska’s refusal to grant a government employee qualified immunity against allegations of sexual harassment. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the District Court’s decision and found the government employee was entitled to qualified immunity and therefore summary judgment on all claims against him was proper. Crutcher-Sanchez v. County of Dakota, 687 F.3d 979 (8th Cir. 2012).
Robert Keith successfully defended a high speed admitted liability auto negligence case by receiving a favorable verdict on March 6, 2013 after the jury deliberated less than an hour. Plaintiff’s claimed medical expenses exceeded $21,000 and she asked the jury to return a verdict for $139,000 based on a 10% permanent impairment rating and 41 year life expectancy. Defendant filed an Offer to Confess Judgment for $20,000. The jury returned a verdict for $6,002.23, including $5,022.23 in medical expenses the defense asked the jury to award to reimburse Plaintiff for related medical bills.
While most trials are not appealed, the following is a represenative sample of some of the reported cases we have litigated: