$43,200,000 Record Verdict — $43,200,000 record jury verdict in favor of a driver who was rendered quadriplegic when her driver’s seat back collapsed following a rear-end collision. The unanimous decision was returned against the seat manufacturer after evidence showed the seat back was weak and the single-sided recliner mechanism in question was subject to failure. This is reported to be the largest civil verdict in Vermont state court. Several sources cited the potential impact of the ruling on brain and spinal cord injury claims and increased seat back strength requirements by the federal government.
$35,000,000 Verdict —
$35,000,000 jury verdict in favor of a driver who was rendered quadriplegic and suffered brain damage when his “captain chair” broke off of the vehicle floor and his seat belt ripped in half during a frontal collision. In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, Chrysler Corporation, the manufacturer of the stock van, joined forces with The Gilbert Law Group against the van converter, the seat maker, and the manufacturer of the seat pedestal. After receiving substantial settlements from the other defendants, The Gilbert Law Group tried the case side by side with Chrysler’s lawyers against Coachmen, the manufacturer of the seat pedestal. A verdict from a Los Angeles jury sent a message to van conversion companies that the auto industry, at least Chrysler, would no longer protect them from deficient van conversion work that put consumers at risk, and that juries would hold them accountable.
$17,000,000 Verdict — $17,500,000 jury verdict in favor of a driver who was rendered quadriplegic when her seat belt retractor failed to properly lock during a rollover accident. The case remains a record jury verdict for a product defect case in the State of Colorado.
$9,500,000 Settlement — $9,500,000 settlements against multiple defendants in a case involving a brain damaged and quadriplegic driver in a frontal collision.
$8,400,000 Settlement — $8,400,000 settlement on behalf of two men in a wrongful death case.
$6,500,000 Verdict — $6,500,000 jury verdict in favor of a driver who was paralyzed when he was thrown through a defective after-market windshield during a frontal collision. The windshield had not been properly bonded to the pickup truck. Following the verdict for Mr. Miller, the Lawyers Weekly described how Jim Gilbert’s case changed the practices of the after market windshield installation industry. According to the Lawyers Weekly: “The verdict forced an industry-wide change….” What it meant was that some 12,000 glass installers around the country had to use the safer procedure or risk a similar verdict.