Equine Fraud Verdict Obtained in San Diego County Superior Court - Catanese And Wells

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Sim Racing Stables Ltd. wins on all counts brought against Stable Manager and Agent.

Catanese & Wells, a Los Angeles based law firm specializing in equine law obtained another favorable result following a multi-week jury trial in the San Diego County Superior Court in the case of Sim Racing Stables Ltd. v. Accardy, Case No.: 37-2009-00086874-CU-BC-CTL. This case involved claims by the plaintiffs for fraud, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence. The jury found in favor of the plaintiffs on all counts and further awarded monetary damages.

The trial was conducted by lead counsel T. Randolph Catanese, Esq. and associate counsel Douglas R. Hume, Esq. According to Mr. Catanese, senior partner, “We are thankful and pleased with the outcome in this case. We believe the jury acted to preserve and protect the Thoroughbred racing business in Southern California.”

In the case, the plaintiffs, Mr. and Mrs. Sim and Sim Racing Stables Ltd. alleged that the defendant, their stable manager and agent, committed fraud, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence in the handling and management of eleven of their Thoroughbred horses. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the defendant lied on multiple occasions about sales transactions, did not fully disclose the details of sales, and sold horses without the plaintiffs’ consent. Additionally, plaintiffs alleged that the defendant permitted a trainer to collect sales commissions on transactions without the plaintiffs’ knowledge or consent. The San Diego jury found the defendant liable on all claims by the plaintiffs. Specifically, the jury found that the defendant committed fraud, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence. The jury also awarded monetary damages in addition to finding that the defendant acted with malice.

About Catanese & Wells, A Law Corporation

Headquartered in Southern California, Catanese & Wells, A Law Corporation, was formed in 1989 to provide innovative and specialized legal representation to clients. Its practice groups include Equine Law, Civil Litigation, Estate Litigation and Business Law. The Equine Group represents clients throughout the United States and internationally in all areas of equine business from contract preparation/review, purchasing and sales transactions, boarding agreements, racing and licensing, breeding issues, insurance claims, fraud and misrepresentation, veterinary malpractice, rider safety issues, and equine-related business operations. Clients include owners, breeders, trainers, agents, riders, boarders, veterinarians, caretakers, and stable managers.

Additional information about Catanese & Wells can be found at http://www.cataneselaw.com.

T. Randolph Catanese, Esq.


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