Virginia: Special Cases – A Lawyer’s Airbag

Virginia: Special Cases – A Lawyer’s Airbag

Trial is the monthly journal of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”). Its issue for November, 2016 is entitled “PRODUCTS LIABILITY”.

Under its “Verdicts & SETTLEMENTS,” Trial headlines: “Takata, Honda settle lawsuit over deadly air bag defect”. Id. at 8. Plaintiff counsel reports discovery revealed that Takata altered, manipulated, falsified, and hid unfavorable developmental test data; and that settlement occurred just before court rulings about deposition of Takata’s chief executive and complaint amendment for punitive damages. Id.

The November 2016 Trial also features five lead articles: [1] “PROTECTING CONSUMERS Today & Tomorrow,” Q&A with CPSC’s Chairman, id. at 18-25; [2] “RULE 26(B)(1) ONE YEAR LATER,” baring the defense bar’s mistaken belief amendment would shield discovery, id. at 26-30; [3] “Screening for Auto Defects,” elucidating hidden causes/enhancers of death/injuries, id. at 36-42; [4] “Reflecting on Hill’s Original CAUSATION FACTORS,” the nine-factor forerunner of modern Daubert analysis, id. at 44-49; and [5] “E-CIGARETTES SPARK LITIGATION,” raising safety questions about chemical exposure, explosions and other products defects. Id. at 50-54.

Mr. Waterman has been a member of AAJ/ATLA for 30 years. His practice focuses on vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and other cases of wrongful death, brain injury and other serious personal injuries.