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share some of the legal responsibility. They

usual legal defenses and right to appeal any

with OEMs, including $553.6 million with Toyota,

also hold certain legal defenses that could

judgments against them. Even so, OEMs not

Subaru, Mazda and BMW, and preliminarily

create excessive delay or toss out a claim alto-

joining the Channeling Injunction could face

approved settlements for $605 million with

gether. The Channeling Injunction, which cur-

larger verdicts in part because of the threat

Honda and $97.7 million with Nissan11 Personal

rently only includes one OEM, Honda, allows

of punitive damages awards.

injury and wrongful death claims are proceeding

Honda to deny any fault placed on Takata, third

more slowly because a different process for

parties or the victims, but requires it to pay

TAKATA AIRBAGS

addressing those types of claims is required.

100 percent of compensatory damages. The

MULTIDISTRICT LITIGATION (MDL)

If you need more information on the Takata

Channeling Injunction also requires Honda to

Plaintiffs with personal injury and wrong-

airbags personal injury litigation and com-

waive its available traditional legal defenses,

ful death filed in Federal Court can litigate

pensation funds, contact Beasley Allen at

such as expiration of statute of limitations

through the Takata MDL. Numerous class

800-898-2034 or email Chris Glover at Chris.

(regardless of the age of the vehicle), a claim-

action suits, including personal injury suits

Glover@beasleyallen.com. Chris works out of

ant not acting on a recall letter, or driving

against Takata, have been consolidated in the

Beasley Allen's Atlanta, Georgia, office and

violations. The agreement establishing the

MDL that is located in the United States District

handles cases of personal injury. He will be

Channeling Injunction also predetermined the

Court for the Southern District of Florida, Case

glad to talk with you. ●

punitive damages and included those in future

No. 15-md-02599-FAM. In 2015, U.S. District

claims. The punitive damages are based on

Judge Federico A. Moreno, the federal judge

known, prior settlement values in other cases.

overseeing the MDL, established a two-track

Chris Glover is a Principal in the

Although Honda is the only OEM taking

structure for the claims - personal injury and

Atlanta office of the Beasley Allen

part in the IRF created by the Channeling

economic damages10 Takata is being released

Law Firm. A graduate of the

Injunction, other OEMs have the right to

from the MDL due to the bankruptcy discharge;

Samford University Cumberland

join. The OEMs not joining the Channeling

however, claims are proceeding against the vari-

School of Law, his practice primarily focuses

Injunction can be sued in the traditional civil

ous OEM defendants at different rates on the

on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful

justice system. Plaintiffs face greater risk

two tracks. A number of economic loss settle-

death.

on those claims because OEMs not included

ments, in which Beasley Allen's Consumer Fraud

in the Channeling Injunction maintain their

Section has been involved, have been reached

9

Although
Honda is
the only
OEM taking
part in the
IRF created
by the
Channeling
Injunction,
other OEMs
have the
right to join.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

FOOTNOTES

1 New York Times: Takata Saw and Hid Risk in Airbags
in 2004, Former Workers Say: https://www.nytimes.
com/2014/11/07/business/airbag-maker-takata-issaid-to-have-conducted-secret-tests.html
2 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
What's Wrong With Your Air Bag?: https://www.
nhtsa.gov/recall-spotlight/takata-air-bags
3 Car And Driver: Takata Airbag Victims Fund opened
for claims: https://blog.caranddriver.com/massivetakata-airbag-recall-everything-you-need-toknow-including-full-list-of-affected-vehicles/
4 CNN: Airbag maker Takata announces largest auto
recall ever: http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/19/
news/companies/takata-recall/index.html
5 Beasley Allen: Takata pleads guilty to criminal
wrongdoing over unstable air bags: http://www.
beasleyallen.com/news/takata-pleads-guilty-tocriminal-wrongdoing-over-unstable-air-bags/
6 Car and Driver: Massive Takata Airbag Recall:
Everything You Need to Know, Including Full List
of Affected Vehicles: https://blog.caranddriver.
com/massive-takata-airbag-recall-everythingyou-need-to-know-including-full-list-of-affectedvehicles/
7 Takata Airbag Restitution Fund: Frequently Asked
Questions: http://www.takataspecialmaster.com/
faq
8 Reuters: Takata, injured drivers reach deal to
end U.S. bankruptcy: https://www.reuters.
com/article/us-takata-bankruptcy-settlement/
takata-injured-drivers-reach-deal-to-end-u-sbankruptcy-idUSKBN1FV0T2:
9 Beasley Allen: Four major automakers settle Takata
airbag MDL claims: http://www.beasleyallen.com/
news/four-major-automakers-settle-takata-airbagmdl-claims/
10 Jere Beasley Report: MDL Judge Selects Firms To
Lead Takata Air Bag MDL: http://www.jerebeasleyreport.com/2015/05/mdl-judge-selects-firmsto-lead-takata-air-bag-mdl/
11 Beasley Allen: Deadly Takata airbags remain in millions of cars: http://www.beasleyallen.com/news/
deadly-takata-airbags-remain-in-millions-of-cars/


https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/07/business/airbag-maker-takata-is-said-to-have-conducted-secret-tests.html http://www.glofin.com https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/07/business/airbag-maker-takata-is-said-to-have-conducted-secret-tests.html http://www.nhtsa.gov/recall-spotlight/takata-air-bags http://www.nhtsa.gov/recall-spotlight/takata-air-bags https://blog.caranddriver.com/massive http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/19/ http://www.beasleyallen.com/news/takata-pleads-guilty-to http://www.beasleyallen.com/news/takata-pleads-guilty-to https://www.blog.caranddriver.com http://www.takataspecialmaster.com/ https://www.reuters.com http://www.beasleyallen.com/ http://www.jerebeasleyreport.com/2015/05/mdl-judge-selects-firms http://www.jerebeasleyreport.com/2015/05/mdl-judge-selects-firms http://www.beasleyallen.com/news/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Spring 2018

President’s Message
How I Obtained Justice: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Thank You to Outgoing Verdict Chairman, Madeleine Simmons
Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial
Voir Dire In Low Speed, Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Defeating Reptile Theory Motions in Limine
Leading the Jury Down the Right Path: Framing Your Case During Voir Dire
Hernandez v. State: Empowering Jurors to Seek the Truth
Exploding Takata Airbags From Cover-Up To Accountability
Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury
Case Updates: Who Really Loses When Medical Funding Becomes an Issue at Trial?
Professional Practice Pointers: Voir Dire, An interview with Cobb County State Court Judge Allison Barnes Salter
Dig In To Do Good: Making the World a Better Place
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Champion Members
Meet The Experts
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Intro
Verdict - Spring 2018 - bellyband1
Verdict - Spring 2018 - bellyband2
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover1
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover2
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 3
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 4
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 5
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 6
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 7
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 8
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 9
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 10
Verdict - Spring 2018 - President’s Message
Verdict - Spring 2018 - How I Obtained Justice: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 13
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 14
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Thank You to Outgoing Verdict Chairman, Madeleine Simmons
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 17
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 18
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 19
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 20
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Voir Dire In Low Speed, Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 22
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 23
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 24
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 25
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Defeating Reptile Theory Motions in Limine
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 27
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 28
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Leading the Jury Down the Right Path: Framing Your Case During Voir Dire
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 30
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Hernandez v. State: Empowering Jurors to Seek the Truth
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 32
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 33
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Exploding Takata Airbags From Cover-Up To Accountability
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 35
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 36
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Case Updates: Who Really Loses When Medical Funding Becomes an Issue at Trial?
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 39
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Professional Practice Pointers: Voir Dire, An interview with Cobb County State Court Judge Allison Barnes Salter
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Dig In To Do Good: Making the World a Better Place
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 42
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Champion Members
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 44
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Meet The Experts
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover3
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover4
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