Product Liability Case Results
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Griggs v. West-Pac Industries and Tools Exchange Verdict: $58 million
Christine Spagnoli was an integral member of the trial team which obtained a verdict for a male worker who suffered severe burn injuries caused by a defective O-ring. Largest single plaintiff's personal injury verdict in California. Jury also awarded a record $48 million in non-economic compensatory damages.
Pascua/White v. Industrial Asphalt Verdict: $14.4 million
Asphalt truck improperly serviced and inspected by driver and asphalt company caused chain collision. Crash resulted in brain damage to nephrology surgeon and deaths of her husband and 81-year-old mother. They were passengers in the vehicle struck by a load of hot asphalt on freeway. Action brought by surviving doctor and stepchildren.
Bartoli v. Hanson Settlement: $7.8 million
Young worker's leg was amputated by defectively designed and manufactured floating rock grinding machine.
Doe Individual v. Doe Manufacturer Settlement: $5.5 million
Man received brain injury when morphine pump malfunctioned and caused entire contents of pump to dispense into plaintiff's body.
Anderson v. General Motors Verdict: $4.9 billion
Christine Spagnoli was an integral member of the trial team in the action against General Motors for defective fuel system that led to burn injuries to four children and two adults. This is among the largest products liability verdicts in American judicial history.
Macchia v. Synergy Cargo Logistics Settlement: $3 million
Wrongful death of two unrestrained, elderly parents of driver, who was also unrestrained and seriously injured. The defendant trucking company's negligence resulted in a 3,000 lb. converter gear detaching on the 605 freeway. The plaintiffs' vehicle struck the object.
Doe Family v. Doe Corporation Settlement: $3 million
A products liability action involving tire tread separation that caused a passenger van to roll over. The crash resulted in the death of two Philippine immigrants.
Doe Individual v. John Doe Corporation Settlement: $2.75 million
Woman received severe burns after the arc of an electric blanket ignited a fire in the house.
Doe Family v. Doe Corporation Settlement: $2.4 million
A woman was burned when the gas dryer placed on the ground in her garage caused the ignition of flammable vapors.
Doe v Doe Bicycle: Settlement $2.3 million
Seat Clip broke while man was riding his bicycle causing head and neck injuries.
Symes v. Hitachi Verdict: $1.3 million
Mitre saw with defective safety guard severely injured homeowner's hand.
Doe Family v. Doe Corporation Settlement: $1.1 million
Parents brought a products liability action when their young daughter died of asphyxiation after becoming entangled in a mini blind cord.
Canela v. Tom's Vending Company Settlement: $1 million
Plaintiff opened the door of a microwave oven at mid-cycle to rotate his food. The interlock system failed and caused deep burns to the nerves and muscles of plaintiff's major hand.
Sein v. Aston Martin Lagonda (Confidential Settlement)
Wrongful death claim on behalf of the widow and three children of Dr. Michael Sein, an Orange County anesthesiologist, who died as a result of manufacturing and design defects in the driver's seat of his 2004 Aston Martin DB9. After the DB9 was rear-ended, the driver's seat collapsed causing fatal head injuries when Dr. Sein was thrown backward and struck his head.
Lampley v. Sulzer Ltd. (Confidential Settlement)
Sportscaster Jim Lampley received a defective hip implant that had to be surgically removed. Suit alleged orthopedic manufacturers knew about the faulty device, which was eventually recalled after Lampley received it.
Rapan v. Dorel Juvenile Group, Cosco and Daimler Chrysler (Confidential Settlement)
Settlement obtained on behalf of a child who suffered a devastating spinal cord injury. Two-and-a-half-year-old Isaiah Rapan was injured in a crash while secured in a Cosco Grand Explorer shield booster seat in the rear seat of his parent's Jeep Cherokee. GB&W attorneys established that the booster seat and the Jeep car seat were poorly designed and caused Isaiah's injuries.
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