Litigation Attorneys Arash Yahyai & Carey Ramin Win Summary Judgment on Behalf of Large National Retail Client

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin litigation attorneys Arash J. Yahyai and Carey Ramin recently secured summary judgment on behalf of a national retail client in a slip-and-fall case filed in Riverside County Superior Court.

Plaintiff brought suit against the Defendant for premises liability and general negligence after she allegedly slipped on a clear liquid near the cash registers on the Defendant’s premises. She claimed that she sustained injuries as a result of the slip-and-fall and asserted that the Defendant failed to clean the area or provide notification of the dangerous condition.

Defendant submitted evidence that the retail associates are trained to inspect the area and take immediate care of any hazards they encounter through the inspections. Video of the incident area demonstrated that a customer service manager had inspected the exact incident area less than two minutes prior to the incident occurring and found no clear liquid or dangerous condition in the area. This inspection was in keeping with the reasonable safety sweeps performed daily by employees.

Mr. Yahyai constructed the motion for summary judgment to demonstrate that the Plaintiff could not provide evidence that the Defendant created the alleged spill and that the Defendant had no constructive notice of the dangerous condition. Ms. Ramin prepared the reply after Plaintiff submitted opposition to the motion. Mr. Yahyai successfully argued the opposition before the Judge. Plaintiff conceded she had no evidence as to how the spill was created or how long the spill existed before she fell. Therefore, the court ultimately agreed with the Defendant and granted its summary judgment motion.

About Arash Yahyai

Arash J. Yahyai is an associate attorney in Pettit Kohn’s San Diego office. He has extensive trial experience representing clients in transportation, catastrophic injury, personal injury, and premises liability matters. He has obtained favorable results for his clients in both pre-litigation and litigation. He has secured victories through dispositive motions, mediations, bench trials, arbitrations, and settlement conferences. Mr. Yahyai is licensed to practice before all courts in the State of California as well as the United States District Court, Southern District of California. Additionally, he serves as a Board Member of the San Diego Defense Lawyers and is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and the law fraternity of Phi Alpha Delta.

About Carey Ramin

Carey Ramin is an associate attorney in Pettit Kohn’s San Diego office representing clients in a broad range of civil matters. As an experienced trial attorney, she has obtained defense verdicts and favorable results on behalf of her clients. She focuses her practice on retail litigation and the defense of clients against personal injury, general liability, and premises liability matters. In addition, she handles all aspects of litigation including party and expert depositions, mediation, and motion practice. Ms. Ramin is licensed to practice before all courts in the State of California as well as the United States District Court, Southern and Central District of California. She maintains memberships in Lawyers Club of San Diego, San Diego Defense Lawyers, and the San Diego County Bar Association.

About Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin PC is a leading AV-rated, full-service trial firm with expertise in litigating and resolving civil matters in both state and federal courts. The firm represents clients in the areas of Appellate, Business Litigation, Community Association Litigation, Employment & Labor, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Real Estate Litigation, Restaurant & Hospitality, Retail, Transactional & Business Services, Transportation, and Trial & Civil Litigation. Clients include large and mid-sized corporations, privately held businesses, institutions, and individuals. Pettit Kohn is located in California and Arizona with offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Tucson. Learn more about the firm at