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Featured Settlement : Auto v. Motorcycle

Richard Ruehle, et al. v. Joseph Pete Chavez, et al. (Orange County Super Ct. No. 30-2017-00912044): On May 11, 2021, defendant California Republican Party agreed to the terms of an $11 million settlement with plaintiff Richard Ruehle, who while riding a motorcycle, was struck by a vehicle driven by paid political campaign canvasser, Joseph Chavez. Plaintiff suffered catastrophic injuries rendering him a quadriplegic because of the accident. Plaintiff filed suit against Joseph Chavez, Eric Linder for Assembly 2016 and the California Republican Party, alleging that Defendants were part of a joint enterprise, and acted out of negligence when he was struck by Chavez, who happened to be unlicensed at the time of the accident. Plaintiff was represented by Aitken Aitken Cohn.