Chopra Koonan

We are proud to have worked on these cases included in the

Top 100 Verdicts in California 2019

#1.   $2.05B | Pilliod v. Monsanto
#3.    $80.2M | Hardeman v. Monsanto
#12.   $42.5M | Lovenstein v. Eskaton Fountainwood Lodge
#23.  $21.4M | Rada v. Hardin Irvine Automotive
#57.  $6.1M | Hsu v. R&P Food Processing Inc.
#77.  $4M | Estate of Alvarez v. Los Angeles County MTA
#79.  $3.8M | Cleveland v. Taft Union High School District

Jury Awards


against Monsanto

Sonia Chopra of Chopra Koonan is proud to have been part of the plaintiff's trial team on the landmark case of Johnson v. Monsanto. On August 10, 2018 a San Francisco jury returned a unanimous verdict finding that Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused Mr. Johnson’s terminal cancer. The jury awarded $39.2 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages against Monsanto for failing to warn consumers that Roundup causes cancer. This case represents the first of thousands of pending cases involving Roundup.


  • $14 Million
    Newland v. County of Los Angeles

    Panish Shea & Boyle attorneys Rahul Ravipudi, Thomas Schultz and Erika Contreras obtained a $13,935,550 jury verdict in Long Beach for a young man who was seriously injured when he was struck by a car while walking on a sidewalk in Norwalk, California.  Plaintiff was traveling by foot on a Norwalk Boulevard sidewalk when a Los Angeles County Public Defender failed to yield to oncoming traffic while attempting to make a left turn into a shopping center. The Public Defender’s car collided with another vehicle who, in turn, struck plaintiff from behind at approximately 40 miles per hour, forcing him into a brick wall.  Despite the Public Defender admitting both that he was entirely at fault for the accident and that he was driving his vehicle in the course and scope of his employment for the County, the County disputed both points.   The jury found the County vicariously liable for the Public Defender’s negligence, and found the County 100% responsible for plaintiff's injuries.  They awarded $13,935,550 in damages, including $12,500,000 in pain and suffering. The County’s pre-trial settlement offer was $110,000.

  • $53 Million
    Lennig, et al. v. CRST Inc., et al

    Attorneys Brian Panish and Matthew Stumpf of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and R. Rex Parris, Bruce Schecter, Khail A. Parris and Eric N. Wilson of Paris law firm obtained a landmark $52,708,374 verdict in a Los Angeles County court for two Southern California brothers who were severely injured followiong a near head on collision with a CRST big rig.  Plaintiffs were traveling northbound on State Route 14 en route to their annual fishing trip at Mammoth Lake, California. As their vehicle approached a construction zone absent of K-rails, a CRST big rig driven by defendant Hector Contreras, crossed over the yellow line in the southbound lanes and into opposing traffic, striking the brothers’ vehicle head-on.  Plaintiffs suffered traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and PTSD.  This verdict was recognized by Law360 as among the Biggest Trucking Injury Awards of 2018. 

  • $417 Million
    Echeveria v. Johnson & Johnson

    After a four-week trial in the first of hundreds of similar cases in California, a Los Angeles jury awarded Eva Echeverria $417 million (Johnson and Johnson – $68 million compensatory damages, Johnson and Johnson – $340 million punitive damages, Johnson and Johnson Consumer Inc. – $2 million compensatory damages, Johnson and Johnson Consumer Inc – $7 million Punitive damages. Total Punitive Damages – $347 million, Total Compensatory Damages – $70 million), finding a connection between her ovarian cancer and the Johnson & Johnson baby powder she used for decades.  The plaintiff was represented at trial by attorney Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie. 

  • $17.4 Million
    Sheaffer v. NuCO2

    Panish Shea & Boyle LLP attorneys Brian Panish, Deborah Chang, Tom Schultz and Austin Ward  and co-counsel Carla DeDominicis obtained a $17,393,479.87 jury verdict in a Vista, California court for a young man who suffered severe facial injuries and a mild brain injury after being involved in a six-vehicle collision caused by a negligently driven NuCO2 truck.  This is reportedly the highest amount ever awarded by a jury in the North County Division of the San Diego Superior Court.

  • $34.5 Million
    Casillas v. Landstar Ranger

    Panish Shea & Boyle LLP obtained a $34,555,220 jury verdict for a young man who was hit and severely injured when he was run over by a tractor-trailer while he was stopped on the sidewalk of a Los Angeles, California street. Panish Shea & Boyle LLP attorneys Brian Panish, Tom Schultz, Erika Contreras, Deborah Chang and William Douglas and co-counsel Banafsheh, Danesh & Javid, P.C. all represented the plaintiff in the case.  19-year-old plaintiff was on the sidewalk at an intersection when a semi-truck tried to make a right turn and its 55-foot-long truck trailer crossed over the sidewalk hitting plaintiff resulting in a below-the-knee amputation of his left leg. Landstar refused to accept responsibility for the accident until immediately before the start of trial, and even attempted to place blame on plaintiff.  $27,875,000 of the verdict was for past and future pain and suffering.

  • $21.5 Million
    Rada v. Hardin Irvine Automotive

    Panish Shea & Boyle LLP attorneys Brian Panish, Andrew Owen, and Matthew Stumpf obtained a $21,503,420 jury verdict for a Southern California man who suffered catastrophic injuries after a vehicle illegally exiting the 405 Freeway HOV lane struck his motorcycle and sent him careening across three lanes of traffic and into a passing flatbed trailer.  Plaintiff was riding his motorcycle in the northbound HOV lane of the 405 Freeway.  The impact of the collision sent the 26 year old motorcyclist across three lanes of traffic.  Plaintiff, who was a sucessful graphic designer, suffered life-changing injuries including a fractured right femur, multiple fractures in his dominant right hand and an L1 compression fracture which left him unable to perform the work he used to do.  The jury took only two hours to render their verdict in favor of plaintiff awarding $3,503,420.48 in economic damages and $18,000,000 for pain and suffering.  

  • $2.05 Billion
    Pilliod v. Monsanto

    Attorneys Michael J. Miller, Curtis G. Hoke, David J. Dickens, Jeffrey Travers, Nancy Guy Armstrong Miller of The Miller Firm, LLC; R. Brent Wisner, Michael L. Baum, Pedram Esfandiary of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC; Mark Burton of Audet & Partners, LLP; Steven J. Brady of Brady Law Group earned the rank of Top Verdict in California 2019 for their landmark victory against Monsanto in the third Roundup trial to take place in California.  Plaintiffs Alva and Alberta Pilliod used Roundup on their Northern California property for decades. In 2011, Mr. Pilliod, now 76, was given a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In 2015, his wife, who is 74, learned she had the same disease.  The Alameda County jury found that Monsanto negligently designed, and failed to warn about the dangers of Roundup, and that punitive damages against Monsanto were warranted.  The jury awarded $52M in pain and suffering, along with assessing $2B in punitive damages against Monsanto, resulting in the eighth largest-ever verdict in a product defect case.   

  • $80 Million
    Hardeman v. Monsanto
  • $289 Million
    Johnson v. Monsanto
  • $42.5 Million
    Lovenstein v. Eskaton et al.
  • $21.3 Million
    Eaves v. Ashland, Inc.
  • $20.5 Million
    Jun v. Chaffey Joint USD
  • $19.8 Million
    Diao v. Southern Cal Gas Co.
  • $17.1 Million
    Huayanca v. Southland Transit District
  • $15.3 Million
    Francisco v. ACC Transit
  • $41.8 Million
    Lo v. SoCalGas
  • $160.5 Million
    Moradi v. Marquee Nightclub