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$20,000,000

Results That Speak For Themselves

Attorneys Wolterman and Metzger have represented individuals and small businesses in a variety of actions recovering in excess of $20 million for our clients in just a handful of years. In addition to the millions of dollars in personal injury actions such as automobile accidents and products liability, we pride ourselves on taking unique lawsuits other attorneys turn down. These cases are an example of that.

$6,500,000

Recovered $6.5M for a Small IT Solutions Company

Our client spun-off from an international, publicly traded consulting and systems integration company to form their own business. After that spin-off, the international company sold assets to another entity enabling unfair competition against our client. Unfortunately for our client, the transaction documents from the spin-off offered no protection. The client retained Matthew Metzger and Steve Wolterman to litigate the matter. Drawing on common law theories of good faith and fair dealing and statutory trade secret law we recovered $6,500,000 for our client and stopped the damaging competition.

$1,026,831

Matthew Metzger recovered $1,026,831.08 for a Probate Estate

We were hired to contest the probate administration of The Estate of Robert Rapson, a complex estate in Clermont County, Ohio. The original law firm administering the probate estate believed it had minimal assets.  The probate court appointed Matthew Metzger to replace the original law firm and to represent the estate fiduciary. Through extensive motion practice, several hearings, hard work, and investigation, including multiple interviews with the deceased’s extended family and contacts in Florida, we discovered an estate claim against the deceased father’s trust for failure to distribute stock held by the trust. The claim dated back many years. We pursued litigation in Florida and ultimately recovered $1,026,831.08 from the father’s trust for its failure to distribute assets belonging to the estate and for waste of the trust’s assets. The Special Master Commissioner appointed by the Probate Court had this to say about Metzger’s work: “If anyone ever doubts the value of a lawyer, they should be informed of what counsel accomplished in this estate.”

$675,000

Matthew Metzger Recovered $675,000 Against an Electric Company in a Motor Vehicle Accident

Our middle-aged client suffered cervical and lumbar disc herniations in a motor vehicle accident caused by an employee of an Electric Company, leading to a fusion surgery. Our client had prior complaints of back pain, so causation was heavily disputed. Our client owned a small financial advisory business. Pouring through his financial records, we were able to show significant lost profit due to loss in new business trailing commissions, despite our client returning to work after his injuries and despite his tax returns showing little loss. The case resolved for $675,000 after several depositions. The client had left his previous attorneys to hire Wolterman Law.

$500,000

Matthew Metzger Recovered $500,000 Against a Large Landscaping and Construction Company

Our client was a school bus driver who slipped and fell on ice in a parking lot owned by Evans Landscaping, suffering a mild traumatic brain injury involving vertigo. Several attorneys refused to take her case because “snow and ice” cases are difficult to win in Ohio. Despite the normal neurological imaging, we were able to convey the vestibular damage making a return to work as a bus driver unlikely. After defeating the Defendants’ summary judgment motion on liability and briefing dozens of motions, including several motions in limine to exclude evidence, we resolved the case for $500,000 just 10 days before trial. The case settled the day after Matthew Metzger’s deposition of the brain injury expert hired by the defendants.

$240,000

Matthew Metzger Recovered $240,000 Against a Marina in Kentucky after our Client Suffered a Fractured Ankle

The accident occurred when our client jumped onto an inflatable device owned and promoted by the Marina. He suffered a broken ankle requiring internal fixation surgery. Liability was heavily disputed. After six depositions the case resolved in mediation for $240,000.

$100,000

Matthew Metzger Recovered $100,000 in a Policy Limits Settlement for a Fractured Arm

Our elderly client suffered a compound fracture to her arm in a motor vehicle accident. After a policy limit demand, we quickly recovered the insurance policy limits of $100,000 without litigation and negotiated a significant reduction to our client’s subrogation lien. This is an example of how quick resolution is sometimes in the best interest of the client.

Confidential Amount

Recovered a Confidential Amount for a Small Business Client in an Insurance Coverage Dispute

The defendant insurance company declined coverage under our client’s information technology professional liability insurance policy. Matthew Metzger and Steve Wolterman fought the insurance company by drawing on common law insurance policy interpretation law, alleging bad faith by the insurance company for its denial of coverage. After litigation, the insurance coverage dispute went to mediation and ultimately resulted in a settlement agreement where the insurance company provided coverage to our client for a confidential amount.

Confidential Amount

Recovery of a confidential amount against a large publicly traded company.

Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury in an incident involving a large publicly traded company defendant. We obtained a confidential recovery to fully compensate for our client’s losses.

Class Action Settlements

Guardian savings bank settlement gains preliminary approval

On March 17, 2021, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jody M. Luebbers granted preliminary approval of a class action settlement with Guardian Savings Bank based on their untimely filing of mortgage releases in violation of Ohio Revised Code 5301.36.

Wolterman Law Office and its co-counsel, on behalf of Plaintiff Jerry Garrett and the putative class, forged a settlement providing class members $300 for each valid claim for the $250 statutory damage amount available under R.C. 5301.36. In other words, class members submitting valid claims likely will receive $50 more than their statutory damage amount even after court costs and attorneys’ fees are paid in full.

The class action case, captioned Jerry Garrett v. Guardian Savings Bank, Case No. 1904332, was filed on September 16, 2019 relating to the release of mortgage on plaintiffs’ former property more than 90 days after the mortgage was satisfied (i.e. paid off). Mr. Garrett brought the case on behalf of himself and all other Ohio Guardian Savings Bank mortgagors for whom Guardian Savings Bank failed to timely file mortgage releases or the current property owner of such property from September 16, 2013 to September 16, 2019. Under Ohio Revised Code 5301.36, the failure of the mortgagee (lender) to file a mortgage release within 90 days of a mortgage being satisfied may entitle the mortgagor (borrower) and/or current property owner to $250.

Please view a copy of the order here.

Have you recently refinanced your mortgage or sold a property where you had a mortgage? If so, please contact Wolterman Law Office at 513-488-1135 or complete the form below to determine if you have a claim under R.C. 5301.36 relating to the timing of the release of your mortgage.

$549,000 Union savings bank settlement gains preliminary approval

On February 8, 2021, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Ethna M. Cooper granted preliminary final approval of a $549,000 class action settlement with Union Savings Bank (“USB”) based on USB’s untimely filing of mortgage releases in violation of Ohio Revised Code 5301.36.

Wolterman Law Office and its co-counsel, on behalf of Plaintiff Donnell Hughes and the putative class, forged a settlement providing class members $300 for each valid claim for the $250 statutory damage amount available under R.C. 5301.36. In other words, class members submitting valid claims will receive $50 more than their statutory damage amount even after court costs and attorneys’ fees are paid in full.

The class action case, captioned Donnell Hughes v. Union Savings Bank, Case No. 1904891, was filed on October 15, 2019 relating to the release of mortgage on plaintiffs’ former property more than 90 days after the mortgage was satisfied (i.e. paid off). Mr. Hughes brought the case on behalf of himself and all other Ohio USB mortgagors for whom USB failed to timely file mortgage releases or the current property owner of such property from October 15, 2013 to October 15, 2019. Under Ohio Revised Code 5301.36, the failure of the mortgagee (lender) to file a mortgage release within 90 days of a mortgage being satisfied may entitle the mortgagor (borrower) and/or current property owner to $250.

Please view a copy of the order here.

Have you recently refinanced your mortgage or sold a property where you had a mortgage? If so, please contact Wolterman Law Office at 513-488-1135 or complete the form below to determine if you have a claim under R.C. 5301.36 relating to the timing of the release of your mortgage.

Wolterman Law Office gains final approval for $691.35 payments in R.C. 5301.36 class action

Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas O. Beridon granted final approval of a settlement resolving the class action filed against General Electric Credit Union (“GECU”) based on GECU’s untimely filing of mortgage releases in violation of Ohio Revised Code 5301.36.

The settlement provides an exceptional recovery for participating class members in that each will receive a $691.35 cash payment for each $250.00 statutory damage amount. In other words, class members submitting valid claims will receive almost three times their statutory damage amount even after court costs and attorneys’ fees are paid in full.

The class action case, captioned Valerie Carr et al. v. GECU, Case No. 1903532, was filed on July 26, 2019 relating to the release of mortgage on plaintiffs’ former property more than 90 days after the mortgage was satisfied (i.e. paid off). The plaintiffs’ claim was on behalf of themselves and all other Ohio GECU mortgagors for whom GECU failed to timely file mortgage releases or the current property owner of such property from July 26, 2013 to the present. Under Ohio Revised Code 5301.36, the failure of the mortgagee (lender) to file a mortgage release within 90 days of a mortgage being satisfied may entitle the mortgagor (borrower) and/or current property owner to $250.

Please view a copy of the order here.

Have you recently refinanced your mortgage or sold a property where you had a mortgage? If so, please contact Wolterman Law Office at 513-488-1135 or complete the form below to determine if you have a claim under R.C. 5301.36 relating to the timing of the release of your mortgage.