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PRACTICES & INDUSTRIES

While our firm is best known for defending automobile manufacturers, our lawyers counsel an array of Global 500 and internationally-based 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.
  • Nov 15, 2017
    Indianapolis, IN
    A Southern District of Indiana jury returned a full defense verdict in favor of BMW of North America (BMW NA) on October 23, 2017 finding no defect in its 2007 Mini Cooper, Ruddell Brown v. BMW.  In this seven-day trial, plaintiff claimed her vehicle was defective due to lack of rollover sensors causing her catastrophic injuries (incomplete quadriplegia) from a rollover crash at highway speed in southern Indiana in September 2012.
  • Feb 28, 2017
    Sacramento, CA

    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. 

  • Feb 28, 2017
    San Diego County, CA

    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.

  • Aug 25, 2016
    St. Lucie County, FL
    A unanimous defense verdict was returned by a Florida jury in favor of Takata Corp., TK Holdings, Inc., and Michelin North America Inc. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 after a two-month, $80M trial involving allegations of tire and seat belt defects.
  • Jun 22, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA
    In a California lemon law trial involving allegations that a 2015 Hyundai Genesis wasn't properly diagnosed and repaired under warranty, Hyundai Motor America received a defense verdict from a downtown Los Angeles jury on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The case is titled Steven Keefer and Patricia Ann Nelson Keefer v. Hyundai Motor America, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC580805. The defense verdict came after 7 days of jury trial and 2 hours of deliberations. The jury voted 10-2 that there was no substantially impairing defect and 12-0 that there was no breach of implied warranty.
  • August 25, 2017
    News

    After a two-week trial, a Syracuse, New York federal court jury returned a unanimous verdict in a case involving the Polaris Ranger off-road vehicle. C.C., an infant, by and through her Guardian Ad litem, Paul M. Deep, Plaintiff v. Polaris Industries Inc., United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, Case No. 14-cv-975, Honorable Glenn T. Suddaby presiding.

    Polaris was represented by its lead counsel, Paul G. Cereghini of Bowman and Brooke in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Jeffrey C. Warren of Bowman and Brooke in Phoenix, Arizona, Jennifer Bullard of Bowman and Brooke in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Robert A. Barrer of Barclay Damon LLP of Syracuse, New York.

  • August 14, 2017
    News
    Minneapolis Partners Michael Carey and Barry Koopmann were recognized in Benchmark Litigation's 2017 "Under 40 Hot List." This is the second list issued by Benchmark awarding the achievements of the nation's most accomplished legal partners of the age of forty or younger.
  • June 12, 2017
    Articles
    Bowman and Brooke has been recognized by UK-based The Legal 500 for Product Liability, Mass Tort, and Class Action Defense excellence across multiple practice areas, including Motor Vehicles, Life Sciences, and Consumer Products. The firm saw significant gains in this year’s rankings; the Life Science practice landed in Band One for the first time and Consumer Products rose to Band Three, up from last year’s Band Four placement.
  • May 26, 2017
    News

    Bowman and Brooke has been recognized by Chambers USA for the sixth consecutive year in the Nationwide Product Liability & Mass Tort category, Band 2. 

    According to Chambers USA, the firm is known nationally as a “[d]edicated product liability defense firm, fielding a deep trial bench with increasing coast-to-coast coverage following its recent expansion in Florida.” Chambers USA also notes that the firm is “[h]ighly regarded for its representation of the automotive industry, with a client list that features numerous leading manufacturers. Broad practice also includes strength in areas such as medical device and consumer products.”

  • 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.

Law360 Product Liability Group of the Year

Bowman and Brooke was recognized for the seventh time as a Law360 Product Liability Practice Group of the Year for its "versatility" and "long-established reputation as a defense leader."  

The Legal 500

Lauding the firm's "deep experience handling high-profile cases and class actions,"The Legal 500 ranks Bowman and Brooke as a top-tier firm in Automotive/Transport, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical and a recommended firm in Consumer Products.