Products Liability

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

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

Woman says Foster Farms chicken was contaminated, made her ill. Defense verdict. Los Angeles County.

Woman says she consumed contaminated chicken processed by Foster Farms, her preferred brand of chicken, which caused Guillain-Barre syndrome.

  • Case Name: Ruth Rivera v. Foster Poultry Farms
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, February 05, 2015

Rear-center-seat passenger in older Toyota has no shoulder restraint, suffers paraplegia. $11.7 million verdict after no offer. Monterey County.

Older model Toyota does not have shoulder belt (3-point restraint) for rear-center-seat passenger. Plaintiff's intoxicated driver loses control and hits a tree. No offer before trial. 

  • Case Name: Hill v. Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc., et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, October 17, 2014

Auto mechanic worked on brakes, dies of mesothelioma. $10.9 million gross verdict. Fresno County.

Plaintiffs' decedent worked on brakes as an auto mechanic, and also worked as a plumber.  He was exposed to asbestos in both jobs.  Punitive damages against defendant Honeywell (Bendix). Very low section 998 settlement offer by defendant.

  • Case Name: Phillips v. Honeywell International, Inc. et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Jet ski crashes into boat that suddenly turns in front of it. $21.7 million product liability and negligence. Los Angeles County.

Drunk grandfather towing grandkids in raft suddenly turns in front of jet ski on Colorado River near Blythe.  Jet ski passenger suffers brain damage.  Jet ski manufacturer sued for product liability.

  • Case Name: Fabiola Esparza v. Polaris Industries Inc., Douglas Lane
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, July 22, 2013