Group Requests Ban On Darvon And Other Propoxyphene Based Drugs released an article on February 28, 2006 entitled “Group petitions FDA to ban pain drug.”  In the petition, the group claims that Darvon and related painkillers containing the ingredient propoxyphene are linked to over 2,110 deaths between 1981 and 1999.  Already the United Kingdom has instituted a phase-out of the drug and will eventually… read more

John Chavez

OVERCOMING ADVERSITY: FORMER CLIENTS LIKE JOHN CHAVEZ CONSTANTLY REMIND US WHY WE REMAIN DEDICATED TO PERSEVERING ON THEIR BEHALF Our former client, John Chavez, was recently honored by the Golden West College Foundation at the school’s “Courtyard of Honor” ceremony. At the ceremony, a bronzed plaque with John’s picture was unveiled and pridefully displayed on… read more

President’s Message

By: Richard Cohn Ten years ago, a young medical malpractice defense lawyer, who had been practicing law for just two months, was asked by the supervising partner of his fifty lawyer firm to write a Motion for Summary Judgment. The motion was to focus on the failure of the plaintiff to file her complaint within one year… read more

Using Voir Dire to Secure a Winning Verdict

By: Wylie Aitken I. Introduction The modern day trial lawyer finds he or herself in a very interesting, difficult and serious dilemma.  More and more inroads are being made to substantively and procedurally limit a trial lawyer’s role in voir dire, while at the same time more and more resources are devoted to manipulating the public… read more

Truck Safety

The recent tragic events surrounding the death of a well known optometrist in Anaheim Hills has re-focused the Orange County community on truck safety. On March 8, 2001, a dump truck with attached trailer apparently lost its brakes traveling down Imperial Highway at the intersection of Nohl Ranch Road, in Anaheim Hills. Due to the… read more

Chapman Law Dedicates Wylie A. Aitken Courtroom

A supporter of Chapman University’s School of Law from its inception, Wylie Aitken and his wife Bette have given the school a financial endowment to establish what will be called the Center for Lawyering and Advocacy Skills. The new center enables students to build skills in negotiation, mediation, client counseling and trial and appellate advocacy,… read more

‘Playing With Fire’ Case Resolved, $2 Million Paid Under $100,000 Policy

In a unique settlement, heretofore unprecedented under California law, a young Riverside boy, severely injured in an automobile accident is to receive over two (2) million dollars pursuant to a policy issued by Amex Assurance Company, a subsidiary of American Express. The policy provided only $100,000 in coverage. This result was obtained when the carrier… read more

New Legislation To Benefit All California Citizens

Through the hard work of the statewide consumer attorneys’ organization, a group with which Aitken * Aitken * Cohn, proudly supports and participates, new legislation was recently signed by Governor Davis that will benefit all Californians in general, and the victims of the September 11, 2001, tragedies in particular.  This legislation bore the title SB… read more

Aitken * Aitken * Cohn Lawyers Win $23.5 Million Verdict

In a matter tried by Wylie, Chris and Casey at the Orange County Superior Court, a jury returned a verdict in Aitken * Aitken * Cohn’s client’s favor in the amount of $23.5 million. Fourteen year old Cade F. suffered a traumatic brain injury and has had more than 24 surgeries after the defendant ran a red light… read more

Truck Safety Update

The driver who lost control of an overloaded dump truck when its brakes malfunctioned on steep Nohl Ranch Road — resulting in the death of a Los Alamitos man and injuries to six other people — was recently told that he should be tried for gross vehicular manslaughter. Deputy District Attorney Michael Pear argued that… read more