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Member Bob Langdon Obtains $43 Million Jury Verdict in Trial over Defective Car Seat

A two-week jury trial in Vermont recently concluded with a $43.1 million verdict on behalf of Langdon & Emison’s client, after her car seat collapsed in a 2007 accident, rendering her a quadriplegic. Colorado attorney James Gilbert and Langdon & Emison’s Bob Langdon and Adam Graves made up the successful trial team. This amount is believed to be the largest in the history of that state’s courts.

Most Americans are unaware that a feature commonly used in the front seats of their cars can have catastrophic safety consequences. This feature is the reclining mechanism for the seat backs found in most automobiles in America for both the driver and passenger seat positions. In this case, the manufacturer held responsible by the jury for the client’s injuries was Johnson Controls Inc. of Milwaukee.