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Mr. Johnson tried this Elder Abuse case, believed to be the first Elder Abuse case tried to plaintiff’s verdict in Ventura County, in 2002. Mr. Espinoza died of dehydration while a resident in an Assisted Living Facility. The jury returned a verdict of $715,777.83, together with findings of Malice and Fraud, which entitled the plaintiffs’ to attorneys’ fees and punitive damages. The case settled confidentially before the punitive damage phase the next morning.