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Senior Associate Michelle L. Villarreal secured a summary judgment.

On October 3rd, 2022- Senior Associate Michelle L. Villarreal secured a summary judgment in favor of the City of Cypress in a dangerous condition of public property lawsuit.  Plaintiff alleged she tripped on a sidewalk defect, sustaining a neck injury and bilateral rotator cuff tears requiring surgery.  Although the Court noted Plaintiff’s attorney’s “creative” attempts to create a triable issue during oral argument, it ultimately agreed with the City’s position that conjecture and speculation could not defeat the motion.  The Court held the City met its burden by demonstrating it did not have actual or constructive notice of the defect and Plaintiff failed to show a triable issue of fact.