$20 Million Punitive Damages Case

Trebelhorn v. Prime Wimbledon SPE et al., Multnomah County Case No. 16CV40959

Plaintiff Trebelhorn was a renter at the Wimbledon Square Apartments which was owned by Defendants.  In February of 2016, Trebelhorn fell through a decayed second-story concrete walkway.  He fell hip-deep into the walkway and injured his knee which required surgery.  He alleged that Defendants had deferred maintenance for many years on the 600 unit complex to drive up profits for their companies which have real estate holdings in the billions of dollars.  Trebelhorn sought $45,000 for past and future medical expenses, $350,000 for non-economic damages and $20 million for punitive damages.

Defendants admitted liability and that Trebelhorn was injured.  They disputed the extent of his injuries. They also denied any reckless or outrageous indifference to a highly unreasonable risk of harm, which would be necessary to support punitive damages.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Greg Kafoury, Mark McDougal and Jason Kafoury.

Defense Counsel – Matt Casey

Verdict – $20,495,597.06 including $20 Million in punitive damages.

Date – May 18, 2018

May 24, 2018

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