E. B. (Chip) Chiles IV is a Managing Member of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC. His primary areas of practice are complex business litigation, appellate practice, class action litigation, products liability litigation, employment litigation, and ERISA litigation. Mr. Chiles's clients have included chemical manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, a publicly traded waste-hauling company, a provider of wireless telephone services, computer companies, and title-insurance companies.
Mr. Chiles regularly defends class actions. He has defended class actions against insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, providers of wireless telephone services, food companies, financial institutions, and retailers and has handled class litigation on a variety of topics, including consumer fraud, the unauthorized practice of law, insurance claims-handling, race discrimination, and breach of contract.
Mr. Chiles also routinely represents manufacturers and distributors in products-liability cases; employers in employment-related cases; and insurers in ERISA, coverage, and bad-faith litigation.
In addition to trial work, Mr. Chiles has an active practice in state and federal courts. He has appellate experience across a broad range of issues, including the propriety of class certification, the enforceability of arbitration provisions, the admissibility of expert testimony under Daubert, the jurisdiction of state regulatory bodies, the constitutionality of punitive-damage awards, the sufficiency of the evidence in sexual-harassment and retaliation cases, the qualifications of candidates for elective office, the correction of a jury's error transmitting a verdict to a trial court, and attacking sanctions for discovery abuses.
Yanmar Co., Ltd., d/b/a Yanmar Diesel Engine Company, Ltd., and Yanmar America Corporation v. Wanda H. Slater — Successfully represented Yanmar Co., Ltd. as an appellant following a jury verdict of $2.5 million against the defendants in a product-liability case concerning the design of an agricultural tractor. In a unanimous decision, the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed and dismissed as to Yanmar Co., Ltd., on the ground that the circuit court clearly erred in finding that Arkansas courts have personal jurisdiction over Yanmar Co., Ltd.
R. Gail Burns, et al. v. Universal Crop Protection Alliance, Nufarm Americas, Inc., et al. — Successfully represented two pesticide-formulator clients in a bellwether trial concerning allegations of crop damage due to widespread herbicide drift over several Northeast Arkansas counties. The plaintiffs sought more than $4 million in compensatory damages for claims based on allegations of negligence and strict liability. The plaintiffs' claim for punitive damages was dismissed on directed verdict by the court. After hearing nearly four weeks of testimony and deliberating for approximately five hours, the jury found in favor of all defendants.