Bowman and Brooke was recognized for the eighth time as a Law360 Product Liability Practice Group of the Year for its "versatility" and "long-established reputation as a defense leader."
Bowman and Brooke was ranked by Chambers USA for the seventh consecutive year in the Nationwide Product Liability & Mass Tort category, noting the firm "[i]s unsurpassed in that field." (2018)
Bowman and Brooke attorneys are leaders in their fields, called upon by industry organizations and the media to provide insights on legal trends and developments.
It is not enough for a law firm to know the law of automotive product liability. It must know the product itself, the business and the people of the company that makes it, and the industry in which it is sold. At Bowman and Brooke, we take pride in knowing all those in order to give motor vehicle and component manufacturers the defense that they deserve, where and when they need it.
From first beginnings and a primary focus defending some of the country's earliest automotive product liability cases, such as Larsen v. General Motors Corp., 391 F.2d 495 (1965), followed by a number of widely publicized trial verdicts, to today's ranking as a top U.S. product liability law firm by both The Legal 500 and Law360, our reputation continues to accelerate. In fact, Chambers USA 2015 noted that Bowman and Brooke is known for an "[i]mpressive trial bench with broad capabilities in the automobile space, representing major clients in bet-the-company litigation."
In addition to having tried more than 800 product liability lawsuits throughout 48 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and several Canadian provinces, we serve as national and regional counsel for more than a dozen major automotive manufacturers, handling pattern litigation and discovery across the country, as well as lead roles in mass tort actions involving the industry’s highest profile litigation. With nearly two dozen first-chair trial lawyers with specific automotive product liability experience, it’s not unusual to find Bowman and Brooke trial teams in two, three or four jurisdictions at a time. In the process, we have developed the tools and resources to cost effectively manage document-intensive lawsuits and claims. We have gathered the background material necessary to cross-examine expert witnesses who frequently appear for plaintiffs in automotive cases.
We have worked with the engineering, forensic, medical, and economic experts who are the most knowledgeable and effective in defending these cases.
As a result, nearly every automotive manufacturer around the globe has asked us to defend and try their cases—and we have delivered. Time and again, we’ve been to verdict in high stakes litigation in troublesome venues stretching from Alaska to Puerto Rico and Texas to Vermont. With sophisticated legal and technical capabilities and resources in ten strategically located offices, we can quickly and effectively serve our clients anywhere, anytime, any case.
Nationwide, Bowman and Brooke represents manufacturers of cars, trucks, vans and other on-road and off-road vehicles involving claims and allegations such as:
Florida Jury Weighs in on ATV Trial
On June 29, 2018, a jury in Kissimmee, Florida returned a unanimous defense verdict, following a two-and-a-half week trial, in favor of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and American Honda Motor Co., Inc., on Plaintiffs’ sole remaining claim for manufacturing defect. This wrongful death case arose out of a September 12, 2010 crash that occurred in Kissimmee, Osceola County, Florida. At the time, Juan Villa was injured while riding a 2008 Honda TRX700XX ATV. While operating alone in a sand pit on private property, the ATV overturned as Juan Villa approached the crest of a hill, causing him to be ejected from the ATV, rendering him a paraplegic. Mr. Villa passed away on October 31, 2015 as a result of complications arising from his crash-related injuries.
Indiana Jury Says BMW Mini Cooper Not Defective
In a nine-day California lemon law jury trial involving allegations that a used 2011 Hyundai Elantra was not properly diagnosed and repaired under warranty, the jury was hung 7 to 5 in defendant’s favor, on the question whether the subject vehicle had a defect which substantially impaired its use, value or safety. The case is titled Connie Marie Romero v. Hyundai Motor America, Sacramento County Superior Court Case No. 34-2015-00178728-CU-BC-GDS. A mistrial was declared after 4 hours of deliberations. Hyundai was represented by Julian G. Senior of Bowman and Brooke LLP from its Los Angeles office and Zhanna Bulkina, Corporate Counsel for Hyundai Motor America.
In a California Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (lemon law) trial involving allegations that a new 2009 Hyundai Sonata was not repaired under warranty, the jury decided 11-1 in favor of Hyundai Motor America that the subject vehicle did not have any defects that substantially impaired its use, value, or safety. The case is titled Elaine C. Bierman, et al. v. Hyundai Motor America, San Diego County Superior Court Case No. 37-2015-00034603-CU-BC-CTL. Judge John S. Meyer presided over the trial. After five days, the jury reached its defense verdict in approximately half an hour.
Unanimous Defense Verdict in California CRPS Liftgate Trial for Ford
Unanimous Defense Verdict in California Liftgate Trial for Ford
After a trial lasting more than a month in Van Nuys, California, a jury delivered a unanimous and complete defense verdict in less than an hour on behalf of Ford Motor Company on February 17, 2017 in the case of Micaela and Donald Bensko v. Ford Motor Company. Plaintiffs sought in excess of $23,000,000 in damages allegedly caused by a defect in their 2011 Ford Flex. Specifically, it was alleged that the design of the power liftgate on the Ford Flex created an unreasonably dangerous condition.
Court of Appeals Limits Recovery of Damages Under Song Beverly
On November 27, 2017, the Fourth District of the California Court of Appeal issued an unpublished opinion in Kirzhner v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, (2017) 18 Cal. App. 5th 453. That opinion addressed the recoverability of registration fees and discussed what sort of expenses would be incidental damages under California’s Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act.
Rob Wise Presents on Automotive Class Actions at DRI Strictly Automotive Seminar
Robert Wise, Co-Managing Partner in the Richmond office, presents on the latest and growing trends in automotive class actions at the Defense Research Institute's Strictly Automotive Seminar on November 13, 2015.
Recognized for the eleventh consecutive year in “Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense.”