We fight tirelessly to protect our clients and bring justice when justice is due. In one of our most recent lawsuits, we are representing a young woman who was physically brutalized and emotionally traumatized by a worker of a large corporation.
Alongside Orange County-based Ghassemian Law Group, Gokal Law Group has filed a lawsuit against Schwan’s Company, a Marshall, MN-based multibillion-dollar private food company whose brands include Red Baron, Mrs. Smith’s, Tony’s, and many others. The civil complaint alleges assault, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, vicarious liability, and negligent hiring, training, and supervision.
The lawsuit, filed in California Superior Court, Sonoma County (case #SVC262079), stems from a March 7, 2016 incident in which one of Schwan’s delivery drivers, offering to help a stranded 19-year-old female motorist, attacked and carried her to the Schwan’s truck where he sexually assaulted her. According to information obtained by the victim’s attorneys, the Schwan’s driver had at least one prior criminal record in which he was charged with assaulting another woman.
In the subject case, according to the incident report filed by the California Highway Patrol (Report #F-031-150-16 dated March 7, 2016), Schwan’s employee Alex Joseph Greene, 36, was driving a Schwan’s Consumer Brands Inc. truck on March 7, 2016 and, after having made deliveries to Safeway, Lucky’s, Raley’s, Walmart and Food Maxx in Mendocino County, spotted the victim “Jane Doe” with a flat tire just before 11 a.m. Upon recognizing the Schwan’s Company name and logo, the young woman accepted the Schwan’s driver’s offer of help.
Greene was later arrested and jailed at the Mendocino County Jail where he was charged with kidnapping, sexual battery, and sexual penetration. Subsequently, on June 13, 2017, he was convicted of felony assault with intent to rape and sentenced to two years in state prison, Mendocino County Superior Criminal Court Case #20171107031 – People v. Greene.
My client is a young, petite woman who – prior to the attack – was a highly independent individual and pianist with a love for outdoor activities. If Schwan’s had done a better job of vetting its employees, this violent sexual assault of my client would not have occurred. Schwan’s should accept responsibility for the actions of their uniformed and on-the-clock employee.
Alex Joseph Greene had a prior criminal record of assaulting another woman. On Jan. 25, 2002, Greene was the subject of a criminal complaint in which the charge was: “Inflict Corporal Injury on Spouse/Cohabitant,” (Lake County, CA Superior Criminal Court case #CL29853.01, “People vs. Alex Joseph Greene,” under Penal Code 273.5(a)).” He was subsequently charged in that jurisdiction on Feb. 15, 2002.
We are set to go to trial alongside my co-counsel, Mahyar Ghassemian of the Ghassemian Law Group, for the civil case against Schwan’s Company on June 21, 2019, in Sonoma County Superior Court. We are dedicated to fighting on behalf of our client and achieving the results we believe she deserves.