Products Liability

Wrongful death of truck driver when fuel tanks explode. $12M. Los Angeles County.

Truck driver survives initial crash but is burned to death when fuel tanks explode.

  • Case Name: Courtney v. Daimler Trucks North America LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Varsity football kicker's knee severely injured in trampoline park. $905K. Orange County.

Teenager falls on trampoline and his knee lands on a bolt. Negligence, products liability, premises liability.

  • Case Name: Justin Matlin v. Big Air Trampoline Park; Fun Spot Manufacturing, LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, June 06, 2019

Monsanto's Roundup blamed for cancer. $2 billion. Alameda County.

Couple uses Roundup weed killer on their properties. This trial culminated in the third consecutive jury verdict against Monsanto in the Roundup cancer litigation.

  • Case Name: Alva Pilliod and Alberta Pilliod v. Monsanto Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 13, 2019

Pressure cooker explodes, burns plaintiff. $4.95M. Los Angeles County.

Non-economic damages for burn victim are contested.

  • Case Name: Precious King v. Maxi-Matic USA Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, October 22, 2018

2001 Nissan Xterra suddenly, unintentionally accelerates. $36M. Yolo County.

Laborer crashes his car on employer's lot; claims car accelerated when he was braking. Flaw in design of accelerator and brake pedals is blamed.

  • Case Name: Aguirre v. Nissan North America, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Chemical in Monsanto weed killers said to cause terminal illness. $289M. San Francisco County.

Battle of expert witnesses over whether Monsanto's products cause cancer and what the company knew but did not warn of.

  • Case Name: Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, August 10, 2018

Defective TV catches fire; plaintiff's daughter dies in fire. $3M. Los Angeles County.

Strict-products-liability claim against corporate apartment company for the television they supplied in unit when it catches fire and occupant dies.

  • Case Name: Shirley Oliver v. Worldwide Corporate Housing L.P.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Worker dies operating rock-crushing machine. $30 million. Los Angeles County.

Employee dies after being pulled into rock crushing machine when guards are removed.

  • Case Name: Anaya v. General Equipment & Supplies. Inc, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, March 19, 2018

Decedent's mesothelioma caused by father's employment. $12.9M. Alameda County.

Father brings asbestos fibers home from workplace on his clothing. Son dies as an adult.

  • Case Name: Lanette Louise Lopez, et. al., v. The Hillshire Brands Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Defective wheelchair causes injury to disabled man. $9.8 million. San Diego County.

Wheelchair user claims he is injured by bolts on wheelchair after modifications are made on it.

  • Case Name: Toby Morin v. Sunrise Medical (US) LLC and National Seating & Mobility, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fatal highway accident blamed on faulty manufacture of motor home. Defense verdict. Sonoma County.

Family members killed when their car skids on fluid in roadway; fluid leak blamed on motor home found disabled nearby.  Plaintiffs claim defective design and  manufacture of motor home.

  • Case Name: Menera v. Country Coach Corporation & Mega RV Corp., et al., consolidated with Ayala, et al., v. Country Coach Corporation & Mega RV Corp., et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Mazda's design of driver seat determined to be substantial cause of injuries. $14.9 million. Alameda County.

Driver's seatback fails in '95 Mazda Protege when rearended by truck. 

  • Case Name: Gray v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, April 01, 2016

Mesothelioma: Plaintiff worked with asbestos in Iran. $5.2 million. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff, age 82, worked in Iran for American contractors when he was allegedly exposed to asbestos insulating products.  He has lived in California for over 30 years.

  • Case Name: Malek v. Fluor Corporation, et. al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, February 11, 2016
  • Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Jury awards $1.885 million when e-cigarette charger starts a fire. Riverside County.

A charger battery for an e-cigarette catches on fire when it is plugged into the USB port in an automobile. Serious burn injuries.

  • Case Name: Jennifer Ries v. VAPCIGS
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

$9.2 million verdict in first Zimmer hip-implant case. Los Angeles County.

59-year-old  man injured by a defective metal-on-metal hip implant manufactured by Zimmer. He underwent two hip replacement surgeries in 15 months, lives with chronic pain.

 

  • Case Name: Gary Kline v. Zimmer Holdings Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, July 24, 2015

Plaintiff's TMJ is exacerbated when she bites down on metal in sandwich from market. $200K. Los Angeles County.

Woman with long history of TMJ says she bit into metal ball inside a sandwich she bought at Gelson's.  Defendants admitted liability, contested causation.

  • Case Name: Raina Ring v. Gelson's Markets, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, June 25, 2015