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)
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Bellwether Trial—Case Study
When companies seek to use an aggressive defense to resolve mass tort litigation, they rely on bellwether trials as a key element of that defense. Why? A verdict in a bellwether case can serve as a predictor of the outcomes in dozens or hundreds of similar cases.
Mass Tort & Class Action
Bowman and Brooke is a national leader in handling mass tort actions—including class actions as well as actions consolidated by the federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and state judicial authorities.
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.
After a two-week trial, a Syracuse, New York federal court jury returned a unanimous defense verdict for Polaris 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.
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.