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Settlement Offered in $256,000 Lawsuit Against Junior Seau, Plaintiff Says

Murray Lea vs. Seau trial “may or may not go forward” on Aug. 31, says court spokeswoman.

Updated at 4:25 p.m. Aug. 11, 2012

Murray “Moose” Lea, the homeless surfboard-maker who claims Junior Seau nearly killed him in a 2010 driving accident, says he has been offered a settlement in his personal-injury lawsuit against the late Chargers star.

In an exchange of email Friday, Lea said: “There was an offer, and it’s been double”—without specifying what “double” meant.

According to court documents, Lea in 2011 sought $256,000 from Seau as compensatory damages in connection with Seau’s 2010 SUV plunge off a Carlsbad cliff.

In mid-May, Lea (pronounced LEE) says he was close enough to Seau’s car he could have grabbed the door handle, but injured himself jumping away.

“I’m suing a dead legend for a quarter-million dollars,” Lea said at the time from the car he calls home in Carlsbad. But he said he wasn’t targeting Seau, since “Farmers Insurance has taken over the case.”

Friday morning, a trial readiness conference was held before Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego Superior Court, according to court officials.

However, a scheduled civil trial “may or may not go forward” on Aug. 31, according to Karen Dalton, a spokeswoman for the Superior Court.

Rayna Stephan, a Mission Valley attorney who represents Farmers Insurance Exchange, said she had no comment on the matter.

“I appreciate your call, though,” she said when contacted by phone at her office Friday afternoon.

Lea’s civil suit against Tiaina Seau Jr.—the formal name of the Hall of Fame-bound linebacker—was filed June 27, 2011. Seau, 43, committed suicide at his Oceanside home on May 2, 2012.

On Friday, Lea sent Patch a series of notes and photos that he contends are evidence that Seau nearly ran over him in October 2010 when Seau’s SUV went over a seaside cliff in Carlsbad.

“You can see where I slipped in the mud. … I  was standing, facing the ocean,” Lea said Friday. “I spun around on my right foot and sidestepped with my left foot. You tell me how close I came to getting killed.”

He noted a YouTube video on the incident and said: “You will see me at the top of the screen and on the edge of cliff. Follow me back 4 feet and you see [where] my left foot slipped in the mud 45 [minutes] after it was wet out. You can still see it.”

Lea forwarded an email from a friend discussing the kind of data that a Cadillac Escalade—the kind of car Seau was driving in the cliff plunge—could reveal through its so-called event data recorder.

But Lea declined to share other details of his case against Seau, saying via email: “No more interviews. I do live radio only. Check out Bill [Handel]” on Saturday, citing the lawyer’s morning talk show on Los Angeles station KFI.

Michelle Kube is executive producer of the weekday Bill Handel Show, and says she doesn’t handle the weekend show focusing on legal matters.

But, she said: “As far as I'm aware, Bill does not have an interview scheduled with Moose Lea on Saturday. Traditionally, Bill does not have guests on Handel on the Law; rather, he takes listeners’ legal questions during that time.”

(Lea was not heard in the call-in portion of the show Saturday morning, and Lea said via email he was busy getting his car repaired.)

Lea, who was 50 in mid-May, recommended calls to Rayna Stephan.

"Da Moose" September 07, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Now that the Gag order is lifted ,I'll tell what happened If I had no case why did it take 6 people to gang up on me ,If I had no case ,with no witness and no evidence ,after I testified ,I saw Ranya and 2 people that were there the whole trail in the seating area allway satirizing ,IF I HAD NO CASE. LOOK FOR THE APPEAL WITH MY BRO'S DAD AS MY ATTORNEY FROM THE O.C. ONE OF THE BEST P.I. ATTORNEYS IN THE O.C. HE'S 80 AND AND MY BRO TOLD ME HE'S GOING TO HELP ME .EVERYONE IN THE JURY KNEW WHO JUNIOR WAS AND HOW HE DIED.HOW COULD I GET A FAIR TRAIL IN S.D. ???
safesantee September 07, 2012 at 09:43 AM
Getting close to this guy must be like winning the reverse lotto or something. Instead of receiving a prize, you get this guy trying to suck every penny out of your pocket and even death won't part you from it. I would've offed myself too Also yeah yeah yeah I know the whole spiel, you almost got hit, I would be in jail bc I'm not famous. All I gotta say is WHAT TERRIBLE HORRIBLE ROTTEN WORTHLESS HOBO OF A FRIEND TO JUNIOR YOU ARE, TALKING CRAP AFTER HES GONE AND YOURE STILL TRYING TO SAY YOU WERE BUDS? GIVE ME A BREAK MAN, I HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH YOU TILL YOU STARTED ATTACKING A MAN WHO NOW CANT DEFEND HIMSELF. Keep smoking that bong man, you're good for nothing else.
"Da Moose" April 26, 2013 at 02:41 PM
This is the Question Nobody has asked ,"WHY IS THERE NO GUARD RAIL ON PCH THERE" AND 2 1/2 YEARS LATER ,,,STILL NO GUARD RAIL ,Next to a 100+ foot Cliff just 20 feet from a Highway where Cars travel 55+MPH. For all those who though I didn't get Hurt ,I'm on Disability now .Just going to make shur this NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN TO ANYONE,Because that's Who I am.
Frank H. Robles April 26, 2013 at 03:36 PM
The Seau family is suing the NFL , blaming them for his Death. Asking for 400 million plus, "Da Moose" hope your doing well....!!!
Kevin George April 26, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Congratulations! Now that we're paying you to do nothing, and you are so concerned about the public's safety, why not get a red flag and patrol that section of PH for us? The dozens and dozens of people that have driven off that cliff since your retirement could have been prevented if you wouldn't have wasted all that time in Court.

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