Won a defense verdict in a high-exposure trial involving an explosive accident between two semi trucks.
A WTO trial team led by partners John Fitzpatrick and Bryan Cross won a defense verdict for Easterday Farms and its employee driver in federal court in Spokane, Washington. The case involved a collision between two large tractor-trailers and a resulting explosion that left the plaintiff severely burned and permanently disabled.
The plaintiff filed suit for $12 million and claimed Easterday's driver had failed to yield or had stopped in the highway, causing the accident. WTO's team demonstrated that the plaintiff had an open highway with half a mile of unobstructed views when the accident occurred. Following closing arguments, the jury deliberated for only an hour before finding for the defense.