Case Studies

Agriculture

Parish Guy Castillo Wins First-of-Its-Kind Agriculture Case; Recovering Nearly $6 Million for Walnut Grower Delivered Diseased Trees

Brittalia Ventures v. Stuke Nursery Co., Inc., San Joaquin County, counsel for plaintiff. $4.5 million dollar verdict arising from breach of contract and breach of warranty in the sale of walnut trees.

Parish Guy Castillo Successfully Defends Local Farming Company

Fornasero v. RDJ Farms, Inc., San Joaquin County, counsel for defendant and cross-complainant. Successful defense of action alleging breach of contract, fraud, negligence, and violation of various Agricultural Code sections. Verdict for prayer of cross-complaint.

Antitrust and Unfair Competition / Class Actions

Parish Guy Castillo Recovers Multi-Million Dollar Settlement for California Public Entities

In re Hydrogen Peroxide Litigation. (E.D. Pa.) Parish Guy Castillo, PLC served as lead counsel for California public entities in a class action asserting price-fixing claims on behalf of indirect purchasers of hydrogen peroxide. Our attorneys successfully led the case to a multi-million dollar settlement, which has been distributed to the public entities involved.

Parish Guy Castillo Eliminates Quarter of a Billion Dollar Damage Claim

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors v. Harris, et. al., U. S. Bankruptcy Court, counsel for defendants. Lead counsel in defendant class action alleging improper payments to shareholders in violation of Corporation Code and corporate bylaws. Settlement of class action eliminated over a quarter of a billion dollar damage claim against former members of now defunct agricultural cooperative.

Business Litigation / Real Estate

Parish Guy Castillo Successfully Defends City of Oakdale in $500,000 Breach of Contract Case Brought by Real Estate Developer

JKB Homes v. City of Oakdale, Stanislaus County Superior Court Case. Parish Guy Castillo, PLC defended the City of Oakdale in a suit brought by a real estate developer alleging that the developer was entitled to payment of almost $500,000 for unused development credits. The developer’s claims were rejected at trial and Oakdale obtained a complete defense.

Appeals

Parish Guy Castillo Wins Landmark Appeal

Ahcom, Ltd. v. Smeding, 623 F.3d 1248 (9th Cir. 2010), counsel for plaintiff. William H. Parish acted as appellate counsel in this landmark decision. The decision overrules several decades of decisions of the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel that held that when a California corporation filed for bankruptcy protection, only the bankruptcy trustee had standing to pursue a “generalized claim for alter-ego liability.” The decision prevents shareholders of bankrupt corporations from using the bankruptcy laws to bar alter-ego claims asserted by corporate creditors.

Parish Guy Castillo Achieves Judgment Dismissing Claims for Breach of Contract and Fraud; Affirmed on Appeal

Gold Strike Heights Homeowners Association v. Westwind Development, Inc., Calaveras County and California Third Appellate District, counsel for defendants. Our client, a real estate developer and its principal owner, was sued for breach of contract and alter ego claims. After a three week jury trial, the trial court granted a judgment notwithstanding the verdict and vacated the jury’s award. The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s ruling and awarded our client costs and attorneys’ fees for successfully defending the action. Erin Guy Castillo was lead trial and appellate counsel on the case.

Banking

National Bank Represented by Parish Guy Castillo Wins Breach of Contract Case

Security Pacific National Bank v. Western Gold Produce, Inc., San Joaquin County, counsel for plaintiff and cross-defendant. Breach of contract action and cross-complaint for lender liability. $850,000 recovery for plaintiff and complete defense of $12 million dollar cross-complaint.

Parish Guy Castillo Wins Complete Defense for a Stockton Credit Association

Gillum v. Stockton Production Credit Association, San Joaquin County, counsel for defendant. Complete defense of multi-million dollar lender liability action.

Local Community Bank Receives $300,000 Judgment Following Parish Guy Castillo Representation

Community Bank of San Joaquin v. Pacific Capital Bank, N.A., San Joaquin County, counsel for plaintiff. William H. Parish represented a local community bank in a lawsuit to enforce the terms of a letter of credit issued by a Southern California Bank. The court granted summary judgment in favor of our client, rejecting the defendant’s claim that defendant was not obligated to honor the demand for payment. The $300,000 judgment was paid in full.

Business Litigation

Parish Guy Castillo Recovers More Than Half a Million Dollars in Damages in Loan Fraud Case

Pacific State Bank v. Dell Aringa, U. S. Bankruptcy Court, counsel for plaintiff. Judgment for damages in excess of $500,000 arising from fraud in obtaining a loan.

Parish Guy Castillo Successfully Defends and Prosecutes Cross-Complaint in Breach of Contract Case

Continental v. Chancellor, Stanislaus County, counsel for defendant. Complete defense of action for specific performance and successful prosecution of cross-complaint for rescission.

Trucking Company Granted Complete Defense; Represented by Parish Guy Castillo

Alegre v. Vaz Trucking Co., Inc., San Joaquin County, counsel for defendant. Complete defense of action alleging violations of RICO, unfair competition, and interference with prospective economic advantage.

Parish Guy Castillo Achieves Complete Defense for Law Firm; Recovers $500,000 in Cross-Complaint

Mori v. Prominent Central Valley Law Firm, Stanislaus County Superior Court, defense of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract claims and cross-claim for breach of contract. Complete defense of plaintiff’s claim and recovery of prayer of cross-complaint, $506,000.

Parish Guys Castillo Represents Individual in Multi-Million Dollar Complex Business Litigation Case

Edward Coelho v. Frank Coelho, Jr., et.al., Fresno County, counsel for defendant. Multi-million dollar complex business litigation involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, usurpation of business opportunity, quiet title, constructive and resulting trust.

Corporations and Partnerships

Local Corporation Receives $1.4 Million in Damages; Represented by Parish Guy Castillo at Trial

Galli Properties, Inc. v. Galli, San Joaquin County Superior Court. Parish Guy Castillo, PLC represented a local corporation who sued its former directors and officers for breaching their fiduciary duties. While managing the corporation, the directors and officers allowed over $1.2 million to be embezzled by the former corporate bookkeeper. Our team was successful in recovering the full $1.2 million that was taken, plus interest, for a total award of $1.4 million to the corporation. The corporate shareholders were fully compensated for their loss.

Creditors’ Rights

Parish Guy Castillo Wins Summary Judgment in Multi-Million Dollar Lien Case

Chevron U.S.A.,Inc. v. IRA Administrators, Inc., San Joaquin County, counsel for defendant. Our client owns a multi-million dollar lien against real estate. The owner of the property filed a declaratory relief and quiet title action seeking to subordinate our client’s lien, effectively rendering the lien unenforceable. The Court granted our motion for summary judgment confirming our client’s right to enforce the lien. William H. Parish and Erin Guy Castillo were counsel on the case.

Employment

Individual Represented by Parish Guy Castillo Granted More Than $500,000 in Damages in Wrongful Termination Case

Junco v. Commerce Security Bank, Sacramento County, counsel for plaintiff. Plaintiff’s verdict for compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $500,000 arising from wrongful termination of employee for reporting sexual harassment.

Real Estate

Parish Guy Castillo Achieves Complete Defense for City of Oakdale in Real Estate Development Case

JKB Homes v. City of Oakdale, Stanislaus County. Parish Guy Castillo, PLC defended the City of Oakdale in a suit brought by a real estate developer alleging that the developer was entitled to payment of almost $500,000 for unused development credits. The developer’s claims were rejected at trial and Oakdale obtained a complete defense.

Building Company Successfully Avoids Trial in Contract Case; Represented by Parish Guy Castillo

Dutra v. Frontier Community Builders, San Joaquin County, counsel for defendant. Our firm was retained by Frontier Community Builders to defend the company in a lawsuit seeking to rescind a real estate development contract. We obtained a summary judgment, dismissing the case without trial. William H. Parish and Erin Guy Castillo represented Frontier Community Builders in the case.

Personal Injury

Parish Guy Castillo Obtains One Million Dollar Verdict in Wrongful Death Case

Wiley v. K-Mart, San Joaquin County, counsel for plaintiff. $1.0 million dollar verdict for wrongful death of armored car guard killed during the course of store robbery.