Mauro v. Ford Motor Company Verdict: $73 million
A Sacramento jury found Ford Motor Company responsible to the victims of a rollover crash involving a Ford E350 15 passenger van that experienced a tread separation. The jury found that the 15 passenger vans were dangerously defective and susceptible to loss of control from a tread separation. The jury also determined that Ford had information from its tire supplier, Goodyear, about defective tires that had been installed on the vans, but failed to provide information to owners of the 15 Passenger Vans that the defective Goodyear tires needed to be replaced. The jury’s award included $50 million in punitive damages in addition to $23 million in compensatory damages to the victims of the crash. Greene, Broillet & Wheeler partner Christine Spagnoli represented the family of driver Bill Brownell and injured passenger Alex Bessonov. Sacramento attorney Roger Dreyer, of the Dreyer, Babich, Buccola and Wood firm represented Tony Mauro’s widow, Susan Mauro and their children Cody and Michael Mauro.
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.
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.
Teraberanyans v. Browning-Ferris Industries Verdict: $4.5 million
Browning-Ferris Industries recycling truck jumped over the median and collided head on, killing a 34-year-old husband and father.
Scholz v. State of California Verdict: $3.7 million
Road design case against the State of California for the death of a young boy and the loss of a leg to his father. They were riding on a motorcycle when a driver crossed the center median and struck them.
Murillo v. U.S.A. (Border Patrol) Verdict: $3.3 million
Award to two families whose children were struck and killed by vehicle improperly chased by Border Patrol. Largest verdict against Border Patrol.
Mendoza v. Ray’s Auto Repair Verdict: $2.6 million
Wrongful death of 72-year-old husband, and father of 12 children, due to negligent repair of transmission of 1976 Ford pickup which jumped gears from park to reverse.
Whetstone v. Schlumberger Verdict: $2.5 million
Wrongful death of college student who crashed on highway after hitting a metal object that fell off the defendant’s trailer.
Doe v. Doe Trucking Company: Settlement $5 million
Passenger in Truck was killed when driver lost control and rolled down embankment into traffic lanes.