September 29th, 2014|
Leila Watson was featured in Westlaw Journal: Automotive, September 9th, 2014, Volume 34 Issue 5, for her work in the wrongful death case of Hernandez v. Hankook Tire America Corp.
Plaintiffs claimed Hankook’s DynaPro tire caused the death of Valente Santiago Garcia and serious debilitating injuries to Gregoria Hernandez. Garcia was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer on I-65 when the tread separated from the tire on the rear right side. This caused Garcia to lose control of the vehicle, killing Garcia and injuring Gregoria.
The victims filed suit against Hankook for the production of a deadly defective tire, Ford for the Explorer’s rollover and Wal-Mart, for allegedly improperly inspecting the tire when the Explorer had been serviced at the local Wal-Mart store. The Ford and Wal-Mart cases settled, which left Hankook as the only open case. On August 2nd, the case for the last remaining defendant was settled for an undisclosed amount.
Plaintiffs: Leila H. Watson, Cory Watson Attorneys, Birmingham, AL; Sigfredo “Freddy” Rubio, Birmingham, AL.
Defendant: T. Steven Har. DLA Piper LLP, New York; John M. Goodman, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Birmingham, AL.
Sources: Westlaw Journal Automotive. Volume 34, Issue 5. September 9, 2014. Page 7.
*This post has been edited to remove the names of lawyers no longer associated with Cory Watson Attorneys