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While our firm is best known for defending automobile manufacturers, our lawyers counsel an array of Global 500 clients in high-stakes, national litigation in a range of industries.

General Liability Litigation

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Attorneys in our general liability litigation practice group have extensive experience with legal and business issues including personal injury, property damage, premises liability and economic loss. Representing insurance companies, private businesses, and governmental entities, our years of experience gained through a defense-directed practice allow us to quickly and correctly analyze issues, risks, and exposures for litigation. We anticipate and vigorously defend claims for damages, including class actions and multi-party, multi-jurisdictional matters. Whether in discovery, deposition, or trial, we aggressively protect our clients' interests by putting in the necessary preparation, asking hard questions, and revealing the weaknesses in our opponent's position.

  • Jun 29, 2017
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Feb 22, 2016
    Bismark, ND
  • Aug 31, 2013
    A plaintiff claimed that the defendant, a long-term care facility, was negligent in the wound care, fall prevention measures and pain management of one of its residents. The resident in question had extensive wounds to both legs, requiring daily dressing changes, and experienced six falls in the first two and a half months of his residency.
  • Dec 30, 2010

    This was an arbitration of a wrongful death case where a resident lost 20 pounds in three weeks and died. Neglect was found under the investigation of the Department of Health. Records showed facility never told the doctor of weight loss, even though five percent in a month is considered a significant change in condition. Plaintiff claimed the facility had been grossly negligent in the care of the decedent and sought punitive damages. In a precedent setting decision, defense counsel convinced the Federal court to enforce the arbitration agreement against the non-signatory heirs and successfully moved the case to arbitration. The final arbitration award of $150,000 was significantly less than what Defendants were willing to pay in settlement and a small fraction of what Plaintiff demanded to settle the case.

  • Dec 02, 2008

    On December 2, 2008, the jury in this rollover case, involving a Toyota truck returned a defense verdict. Plaintiffs alleged handling and stability issues forced the driver to lose control of his 1988 truck, causing it to rollover after being struck by a vehicle on the freeway.

  • January 18, 2019
    On January 8, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Henry Schein, Inc. v. Archer & White Sales, Inc. rejecting the notion that a court can determine the issue of arbitrability in cases where parties demonstrated a clear and unmistakable intent in their arbitration agreements to have issues of arbitrability determined by an arbitrator rather than by the court.
  • August 7, 2014
    Legal Alert
    On August 6, 2014, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided to follow Minnesota’s traditional pleading standard. In doing so, it rejected the federal court’s more stringent Iqbal/Twombly pleading requirement that applies a “plausibility” standard to claims. Minnesota’s traditional standard is more lenient. It allows a claim to survive a motion to dismiss if it is possible, on any evidence which might be produced, consistent with the pleader’s theory, to grant the relief requested.
  • January 2014

    Mike Madokoro, co-managing partner of Bowman and Brooke’s Los Angeles office, has been selected to the Lawyers of Color Third Annual Power List.

  • August 13, 2013
    The rise of nutraceuticals in the consumer market has led to a rise in litigation over nutraceutical labeling and marketing. The claims in labeling and advertising for these products provide fertile ground for “consumer fraud”-type claims, particularly in states like California that broadly define a cognizable injury, and generally permit class actions to pursue remedies for such injuries. Continue.

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