Attorney Dan Everakes Wins 10 Rental Car Cases in Los Angeles Court

Attorney Dan Everakes Wins 10 Rental Car Cases in Los Angeles Court

Los Angeles attorney Dan Everakes
Attorney Dan Everakes

Glendale-based attorney Dan Everakes of Colman Law Group continues his run of triumphs in rental car cases. The Graves Amendment expert recently triumphed on his tenth Graves motion in Los Angeles Superior Court since the beginning of 2015. In each instance, Dan’s client was dismissed from the action and allowed to recover costs as the prevailing party.

The Graves Amendment, a federal statute, bars imposition of liability against a rental car company for the alleged negligence of its renter, absent independent negligence or criminal wrongdoing on the part of the rental car company. In essence, this statute prevents recovery against a rental car company simply for being the owner of the vehicle.

Plaintiff’s counsel in these cases has attempted a variety of arguments to circumvent the Graves Amendment. Several attorneys have claimed that the California financial responsibility statutes make the Graves Amendment inapplicable in California.

Other counsel claimed that rental car companies are liable for negligently entrusting the vehicle to its renters for several reasons, including failure to verify whether a renter has personal automobile liability insurance before renting the vehicles.

However, Dan has successfully argued that the Graves Amendment preempts any California law attempting to impose liability on the rental car company for simply being the owner of the vehicle. He has also prevailed in motions by arguing that California does not require a rental car company to verify whether each renter has personal automobile liability coverage.

Dan Everake’s recent Graves victories

Ana Edelmira Ayala, et al., v. LaGrande Rhone et al., Los Angeles Superior Court number BC548779

Drewna Davis v. Marina Aguilar, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court number BC563281

Cammeron S. Ellis v. Abdul Hamid Shaghasi, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court number 13K04891

Yolanda Ramirez, et al., v. Thomas Ford, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court number BC508773

Martha Leon v. Maxine Campbell, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court number BC561336

Luis Robles v. Jose M. Herrera, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court number 14K16127

Reyna Soto, et al., v. Hertz Vehicles LLC, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court number BC587967

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Leonard Lasalandra, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court number BC540694

Imogene Toczauer, et al., v. Andrey Litvinov, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court number 15K02491

Pamela Miller, et al., v. Hazel H. Brown III, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court number 14K15323

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