In 2011, Mr. Webb won a monumental case against Match.com—the biggest online dating company in the world. Mr. Webb’s client, Jane Doe, had unwittingly been on a date with a serial convicted rapist. It was only after she became his latest victim that she found out about his past and that it all could have been avoided if only Match.com had screened him out. Given that he is a publicly registered sex offender Match.com could easily have done this. When Mr. Webb tried to impress upon the company, that they should screen registered sex offenders off their site to avoid further harm to other women, Match.com refused.
Citing their disclaimer clause, Match.com continued to refuse to do the right thing. Mr. Webb filed a class action suit to shut down the company and notified the press of the situation. The coast to coast media attention was enormous. As a result, people because aware that Match.com refused to prohibit known convicted sex offenders from using their site to target women. Consequently, the company relented and reversed their position within three days! Match.com agreed to new industry standard — routine checks for sex offense convictions and a policy of screening these offenders off their site. After this victory, Attorney General Kamala Harris, publically announced that the Match.com case had been the basis of her decision to force the major online dating sites to screen for sex offenders. Mr. Webb’s skillful and powerful use of media and the law accomplished in just three days what years of pending legislation had not done.
Attorneys for Mark Fiorito, who suffers epileptic seizures as a result of severe head injuries stemming from the accident, said the award by Marin County Superior Court jurors dramatized dangers inherent in quick-release mechanisms that allow a bike's front wheel to be removed for easy transportation and storage. Because two of four defendants named in the suit have already settled out of court, Fiorito will actually receive less than the $3.4 million set by the jury. The lead attorney in the case is Mark Webb.Bike lacked safety devices Webb argued in court that the front wheel on Fiorito’s Mongoose bicycle had come loose during a two-hour ride. During the trial Webb showed jurors a chart listing 15 other lawsuits against Mongoose and Merida Industries, the Taiwanese company that assembles Mongoose bicycles. “I believe that each of these cases represents the same (quick-release) defect,” said Webb after the verdict. “To the best of my knowledge, all of these accidents happened because there was no safety device.” Fiorito's attorneys also called world-famous bicycle racer John Howard to the stand. He testified that he had once been injured when his quick-release mechanism failed and the front wheel popped off his bike. Mongoose and Rogers had already reached pretrial settlements. Fiorito declined comment on the award. Webb said his client “feels vindicated and hopes this never happens to anybody else.”
“Bernice is never going to be the same again,” Webb said. But “the great thing about (the settlement) is that she’s going to be taken care of for the rest of her life.”Police Chief Richard Word said Battle has not been disciplined, pending the results of an internal investigation. Battle, who joined the force in November 1998, has been transferred from patrol to a sexual assault task force.
“I recognized that what was for them (SunPharm) a complication or side effect, was exactly the thing that we were looking for,” he said.
A lawsuit brought in San Francisco federal district court alleges that SunPharm breached an agreement with Rider to credit him for his discovery, according to attorney Mark L. Webb, who represented Rider in the suit. But Rider and SunPharm reached a settlement in June, Webb said, and both parties hope for rapid approval of DEHOP.
Over protests of a squad of attorneys, they were arrested by postal inspectors and jailed. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Webb moved to revoke the bail of all five defendants. Defense attorneys protested, but Webb told the court he was prepared to “present evidence that Bailey, Lance Smith and Robert G. Moore (two co-defendants) conspired to murder the chief prosecution witness in this case.
Antonio Cerrito Sr., 40, a wiry professional criminal in federal protective custody, said he was to be paid $50,000 by Frank Roza Jr. for his part in the $150,000 contract on the life of Joseph Escove, owner of William Hall Coins in San Francisco. Roza, 45, owner of the Consolidated Coin Co. in Reno and Carson City, Nevada is one of four men charged with conspiracy to obtain at least $407,000 in three postal burglaries last year.
At a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Owen Woodruff, prosecutor Mark Webb is seeking to have Roza's bail revoked because of an alleged contract on Escove. Although not indicated, Escove is said to have received stolen coins and stamps from Roza.
All four defendants were found guilty In the first RICO prosecution in this area. The jury also granted forfeiture of all proceeds from related criminal activity.
The stiffest sentence, five years, was imposed by Judge Samuel Conti on Bobby England, 35, a trucker of 4024 Edgemoor Street, Oakland.
Mark Webb, an assistant U.S. attorney, said England operated the lab and is known to Angels as “Mr. Dirt.”
When federal drug agents raided the lab they found five ounces of P2P, which could produce eight pounds of “speed”and sell for about $120,000.
The inquiry will range over a variety of possible crimes, including murder, dope dealing and acts of violence, it was learned.
A similar grand jury in July investigated possible links between Hell's Angels members and violence that had plagued some Bay Area industrial catering firms in recent years.
The investigation is being handled by Billie Rosen, a special attorney from the Justice Department in Washington, whose expertise is in narcotics dealings, and Mark Webb, assistant U.S. attorney here, who also specializes in narcotics cases.