Federal judge Clay D. Land has denied the request for a new trial sought by Volkswagen Group of America and supplier Honeywell International in the sudden unintended acceleration case our firm tried. The case involved a 2004 VW Passat crash that left a Georgia mother with severe, permanent injuries. Volkswagen and Honeywell designed and manufactured the Garrett turbocharger and seal installed in Cheryl Bullock’s Passat GS TDI. A Columbus, Ga., federal jury awarded Ms. Bullock and her husband Kevin $8 million in damages last September.
On Sept. 2, 2011, Ms. Bullock was traveling with her 5-year-old daughter when her VW Passat suddenly raced out of control, reaching a speed of 90 mph before it sped off the highway and flipped. The impact left Ms. Bullock with severe injuries. Kendall Dunson and Mike Andrews from our firm represented the Bullocks in the case. They successfully demonstrated that defects in the turbocharger could result in unexpected and dangerous acceleration. The award was later reduced to $4.8 million when the court decided that Volkswagen and Honeywell were only 60 percent to blame for the crash.
Judge Land found the evidence presented at trial was sufficient to uphold the verdict. Judge Land acknowledged the “collective wisdom” of the jury, comprised of eight women and four men, in its verdict, adding that “when the evidence supports the jury verdict, the court can’t step in to provide shelter.”
Sources: BeasleyAllen.com, Law360, Bloomberg, Ledger-Enquirer
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