Representative Verdicts for Michael J. Bidart


Throughout Mr. Bidart’s long career, he’s achieved successful verdicts in the courtroom both for clients and for consumers throughout California. Below is a list of representative verdicts for Mr. Bidart:

  • Mr. Bidart and Danica Dougherty were successful in Anna Rahm v. Kaiser in Los Angeles Superior Court. The jury unanimously concluded that Kaiser Permanente breached the standard of care and awarded damages of $28.2 million. Additionally, 10 of the 12 jurors found in favor of Anna on causation.
  • Mr. Bidart obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $17.5 million on behalf of a teenage boy rendered a quadriplegic following a diving accident at a camping activity. The verdict provided the client the means to pay for his significant lifetime medical needs.
  • Mr. Bidart obtained a Judgment against American States Insurance Company in the amount of $6,196,175 for their failure to settle a case on behalf of an insured who caused severe injuries, including wrongful death, following a head-on collision.

  • Mr. Bidart’s inexhaustible efforts were showcased in 1999 with a landmark $120.5 million verdict against Aetna over its refusal to pay for care recommended by the health plan’s own physicians (Goodrich v. Aetna).
  • In Schoenburg v Blue Shield, Mr. Bidart secured a victory for his client and a change to California law benefiting all consumers. The jury awarded Judith Schoenburg and her husband Robert $312,000 after they sold their house to cover Ms. Schoenberg’s breast cancer treatment. Blue Shield refused to cover the procedure, calling it “investigational.” Most important, Blue Shield, in order to avoid more lawsuits and larger verdicts, established a breast cancer treatment plan with four medical transplant centers. Patients with Blue Shield who qualify for the treatment now receive full coverage, which can amount to upwards of $150,000.
  • Secured roughly $100 million from insurance companies on behalf of consumers following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Mr. Bidart and William Shernoff challenged the insurance companies’ failure to notify policyholders of reductions in coverage 9 years prior. The Superior Court handed down a decision, subsequently upheld by the California Appellate Court, proclaiming that California’s unfair business practices law indeed could be applied to insurance companies.