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PRACTICES & INDUSTRIES

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.

Motor Vehicles

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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."

CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.
  • Mar 01, 2020
    Riverside, CA

    In a California trial involving allegations that a 2014 Ford Focus was a lemon and that Ford Motor Company concealed material facts from plaintiffs, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Carolyn Greene entered an Order on September 24, 2020 awarding Ford $97,186.27 in costs from plaintiffs.  Much of the costs awarded were expert and travel costs.   The Court ruled that Ford was entitled to recover its outside expert fees because plaintiffs had declined a CCP 998 Offer from Ford.  The case is titled Leonila V. Ambriz and Erick Ambriz v. Ford Motor Company, Riverside County Superior Court Case No. RIC1612390.  A defense verdict had been rendered on March 11, 2020 after 10 days of trial and 1 hour and 15 minutes of deliberations.    

  • Nov 25, 2019
    Los Angeles, CA
    After a four-week trial and nearly a week of deliberations, a civil jury in downtown Los Angeles returned a complete defense verdict for American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in a $160 million all-terrain vehicle product liability case. Chelsea Rush et al. v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC658021, the Honorable Victor E. Chavez presiding.
  • Apr 04, 2019
    Florida
    Affirming defense verdict after a 9-week trial related to a single vehicle roll over accident involving allegations of a defective tire and seat belt.  
  • Jan 22, 2019
    Florida
    Affirming defense verdict in an automotive product liability action involving issues related to admissibility of expert witness fees and application of the business record exception to company documents.
  • Jul 11, 2018
    Kissimmee, FL

    A unanimous defense verdict was delivered, 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.

  • June 18, 2020
    News
    Once again, Bowman and Brooke is ranked and recognized for our national product liability practice by The Legal 500!  The firm is ranked in ALL four product liability defense categories – Automotive, Pharmaceutical/Medical Device, Consumer and Toxic Tort.  Additionally, several individual attorneys are called out. 
  • December 12, 2019
    News

    DRI's The Voice featured the Rush v. Honda case in their 49th issue of the year. An excerpt is below:

    After a four week trial and nearly a week of deliberations, a civil jury returned a complete defense verdict for American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in a $160 million all-terrain vehicle product liability case, Chelsea Rush et al. v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC658021, the Honorable Victor E. Chavez presiding. 

  • June 13, 2019
    News
    Chambers and Partners, a world-leading research firm dedicated to finding the best legal services around the world, has ranked Bowman and Brooke in their 2019 USA rankings. Bowman and Brooke ranked in the Product Liability & Mass Torts in the USA – Nationwide category with some of the best firms in the country. 
  • June 3, 2019
    News
    Bowman and Brooke continued a long tradition of high national ranking as The Legal 500 named the firm a top national practice in four product liability industries. Bowman and Brooke received recognition for the firm’s work in automotive defense, pharmaceutical and medical device defense, consumer defense and toxic tort defense. Toxic Tort defense is a new ranking for the firm in The Legal 500
  • November 13, 2015
    Seminars

    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.

Integrated Services

In addition to providing stellar legal counsel, we integrate our provision of other key services with the work of our legal teams. The result? Highly effective and efficient client service.