Associated Press: The Potential Impact of Takata Bankruptcy

The Associated Press issued a story recently on the Takata bankruptcy, featuring Kent Emison on the impact of how citizens may be affected by the filing.  Japanese air bag maker Takata has been sued over deaths and injuries caused by its exploding air bag inflators.

Takata and its U.S. operations are seeking bankruptcy protection, having filed for bankruptcy in June 2017.  In addition to the AP story above, you can also view a Q&A on the topic that Bloomberg posted, via the link here.



Langdon & Emison Attorneys Lead CLE Presentations at Annual Convention

The Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys' annual convention wrapped up last week, with CLE presentations from our attorneys being a key part of the substantive sessions.  This year's conference was at Lake of the Ozarks, where trial attorneys from throughout the state were treated to CLE presentations, awards presentations, and networking.

"Update on the Law" was presented by Michael W. Manners, along with Stephen Ringkamp, Joan Lockwood, Ronald Holliger, and Paul Redfearn.  "Preparing for Critical Depositions that Will Win Your Case," was led by Kent Emison and Scott Bethune.  And "What Would You Do?," an ethics presentation from the New Lawyers Division, was chaired by Brennan Delaney, along with Chris Dandurand, Mike Campbell and Blake Markus.

Kent Emison and Scott Bethune, "Deposing the Expert Witness."

Kent Emison and Scott Bethune, "Deposing the Expert Witness."

Kent Emison Presented with Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award for 2017

J. Kent Emison, founding member of the personal injury law firm Langdon & Emison, was honored during the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys’ annual banquet with the Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award last night. The award was conceived to honor the Missouri attorney who best exemplifies the qualities of professionalism, ethics, character and courtroom success.

Automotive Journal Publishes Kent Emison on Cargo Load Issues in Truck Accident Litigation

Langdon & Emison Partner J. Kent Emison was published this month by Thomson Reuters' Automotive Journal, with a piece titled "Theories of Recovery in Trucking Accident Cases Involving Insufficient Insurance."  The article featured commentary on agency/joint ventures, negligent hiring, and examined representative cases illustrating hot topics within truck accident litigation.

"In trucking accidents that cause catastrophic injuries, the medical expenses victims incur far exceed the minimum coverage these small companies carry," Kent said in the article.  "When a trucking accident victim sustains catastrophic injuries, it is critical to look beyond the negligent truck driver and the small motor carrier for sources of recovery. Analysis of liability must also include a close examination of the shipper of the load: the large trucking company that hired the small carrier or independent driver. 

"Many large corporations that hire small truck companies will hide behind an alleged independent contractor relationship and other predictable defenses. Several theories of liability can be asserted against the large corporation and other responsible parties to help you recover more than the meager policy limits held by the small carrier or individual driver."

Kent has been lead trial counsel in a number of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, having handled cases all across the United States.  Kent is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a frequent lecturer to bar associations and trial lawyer groups nationwide.  He dedicates the entirety of his law practice to litigation in product liability, motor vehicle accidents, and other cases involving personal injury and wrongful death.

Langdon & Emison Attorneys Named to National Trial Lawyers Top 100

Langdon & Emison attorneys David Brose and Brennan Delaney have been selected for the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers, for the state of Missouri.  The National Trial Lawyers recognizes the top 100 plaintiff's attorneys in each state; founding members Bob Langdon and Kent Emison have already been selected for the NTL honor.  

Membership in the NTL Top 100 lists is by invitation only and "extended to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership in their respective state based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria."  David and Brennan both also in previous years were selected to the NTL's Top 40 Under 40 list.

David focuses his practice on the representation of victims across the country who have been seriously injured or killed by a wide variety of dangerous products.  He's been honored by Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers and is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned his juris doctor and a master’s degree in business administration.  While in law school, David served as a member of the Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review and received the C.A.L.I. Award for work in Corporate Taxation.  David is a frequent speaker at law schools and bar associations, on issues related to product liability law and plaintiff's litigation.

Brennan previously worked at Douthit Frets and as a law clerk: two years for the Hon. Zel M. Fischer of the Supreme Court of Missouri and two years for the Hon. Michael W. Manners of the Sixteenth Circuit of Jackson County. Brennan is a graduate of the Elwood L. Thomas Inn of Court (2012) and the Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy (2010). He also completed the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s (KCMBA) Bar Leadership Academy in 2011.  A member of the Missouri and Kansas bar, Brennan earned his juris doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law where he graduated cum laude in 2008 and was a member of Law Review.