TGI Fridays Loses $40 Million Lawsuit in Safety & Alcohol-Related Lawsuit -- The Seegmiller Law Firm Filed Suit on Behalf of the Victim's Family

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Jury Finds Restaurant Had Inadequate Security Practices Which Led to Stabbing Death (case RIC1100955, Operative Facts pg 5.)

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A Riverside Superior Court Jury awarded a $40 million judgment against the franchisee of the popular restaurant chain, TGI Fridays and others citing the restaurant had previous knowledge it was servicing excessive amounts of alcohol, serving minors and that the premises were frequented by violent people (case RIC1100955, Operative Facts pg 5) -- practices that ultimately led to the stabbing death of 33-year old Orlando Jordan, a loan officer at Wells Fargo Bank (case RIF148496) filed at Riverside Superior Court. West Seegmiller, of The Seegmiller Law Firm, represented the victim’s family for 3 years assembled multiple focus groups pre-trial and brought in a trial lawyer to try the case.

According to the judgments, among the security lapses cited were failure to check IDs upon entry to the bar area and not posting safety signs to make clear the laws against underage drinking.

The facts of the case states the incident took place in early 2009 when Louis Martinez, then 27, and his friend, Michael Castillo, 20, entered TGIF's bar and encountered Castillo's mother and the victim together. Jordan had been dating the woman for a short time against Castillo's wishes. An argument broke out between Castillo and Jordan leading to a physical altercation. The melee escalated and led to the deadly knife attack. Both Martinez and Castillo have been convicted.

The Seegmiller Law Firm, founded by attorney West Seegmiller in 1981, has earned a sterling reputation for seeking justice for ordinary people. When he learned that the Jordans could not find an attorney who would take the case and that the family had filed on the last day itself he agreed to take the case.

Seegmiller has taken on such titans as Coca Cola (Louis Groharing v. The Coca Cola Company, OC Superior Court Case No. 30-2009-00121655-CU-PA-CJC), Southern California Edison (SCE) (case 30-2012-00552738-CU-PO-CJC Orange County Superior Court) and Rockwell International (Kevin Murphy v. Rockwell International, Sacramento County Superior Court Case No. 321526) and emerged victorious. Visit for more information.


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