Following a deadly bus crash in Mexico that left 3 dead and 1 severely injured, Plaintiffs filed a complaint against various defendants in San Francisco, including the bus company. When all other potential deep pockets were tapped, Plaintiffs' counsel sued our client, a grocery store in Napa, claiming that the passengers had purchased their bus tickets from the store. The legal theory pursued was that our client's market and the bus company were a joint venture. Partner Chris Beeman and associate Christine ‘Missy' Reinhardt immediately filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of the grocery store, arguing that no agency or other relationship existed. On the date their opposition was due, Plaintiffs counsel agreed to dismiss the matter for a waiver of costs.
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