Salvaged Takata Airbags Making Their Way in Vehicles

The largest automotive recall in U.S. history still has motorists wondering if their Takata airbags will explode and shoot shrapnel through their vehicles. But, another set of unsuspecting motorists might not know they’re in danger.  

Kent Emison and Michael Serra Published on the Dangers of Guardrails on U.S. Highways

Langdon & Emison attorneys Kent Emison and Michael Serra have been published by Thomson Reuters' Automotive Journal, on the subject of guardrail defects.  "Defective guardrails in serious injury and death cases" takes a look at the many design defects of the end terminals that are out there on American roadways, particularly those models made by Trinity and Lindsay Transportation's Barrier Systems.

"As a result of ongoing litigation and public awareness, many states have barred the installation of these dangerous guardrail end terminals, and some have even begun the expensive process of removing them from the roadway," they wrote. "But nearly half the states continue to install these defective and dangerous guardrail systems on our roadways. Until they are removed, it is likely that more deaths and serious injuries will occur."

 A new article from attorneys Kent Emison and Michael Serra, analyzing guardrail defects and litigation trends on this type of roadway hazard.

A new article from attorneys Kent Emison and Michael Serra, analyzing guardrail defects and litigation trends on this type of roadway hazard.

Kent is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and for 2018 was named "Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year" for the Kansas City metro area by Best Lawyers in America.  He is a frequent lecturer to bar associations and trial lawyer groups nationwide, and devotes 100 percent of his practice to litigation in product liability, motor vehicle accidents, and other cases involving personal injury and wrongful death. 

Michael has been named a "Rising Star" in personal injury litigation by the Super Lawyers publication, bringing a firm commitment to justice to his work and a breadth of experience going up against large corporations. As an associate at Langdon & Emison, Michael plays a key role in all phases of litigation for cases involving defective vehicles and products; electrical shock injuries; railroad accidents; and other instances of negligence.

 

Langdon & Emison’s Guardrail Case Featured in Investigative Report

Langdon & Emison’s Guardrail Case Featured in Investigative Report

Critical pieces of legislation that could take away Missouri citizens’ access to courts are quietly making their way through Jefferson City as headlines remain on Gov. Eric Greitins’ legal battles.

Blog: The Dangers of Goodyear RV Tires

Dangerous recreational vehicle (RV) tires, manufactured by Goodyear, are at the center of a federal investigation and lawsuits nationwide. Are your RV tires safe? Maybe not, according to a recent blog published by Langdon & Emison partner David Brose.

Blog: The Link Between Corporate Donations and Tort Reform

Missouri senators are rushing to pass legislation under the guise of “tort reform,” according to a recent blog by Langdon & Emison partner Mark Emison. According to Emison, these tort reform bills protect corporations from being sued by citizens who are injured or killed by their defective products.

L&E’s David Brose Offers 5 Tips for Safe Spring Break Travel

Spring break season is upon us, which places many vacationers on U.S. highways for road trips to their destinations. If your spring break has yet to start and you’re planning to hit the highway soon, Langdon & Emison partner David Brose offers five simple tips for save travel.

After Ruling, Lawsuits Over 3M Bair Hugger Warming Blankets Move Forward

Thousands of consumers who have filed lawsuits against 3M for their Bair Hugger warming blankets received a favorable ruling this week, as the trial court rejected 3M’s arguments to prevent the claims from going to trial.  The first bellwether trial is set for February 8, 2018, with additional trials following throughout the year.   

20th Anniversary of Baker v. General Motors SCOTUS Argument Recognized

This fall marked the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court argument in Baker v. General Motors, and a news piece that aired this fall on several broadcast affiliates takes a look at this precedential case.  Baker was a Langdon & Emison victory described as influential in the law because it provided an answer to the question of whether expert testimony could be called upon from former employees. 

Bob Langdon Selected for Nation's Top Attorneys List

Langdon & Emison partner Bob Langdon has been selected as one of the Nation's Top One Percent, according to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.  

NADC is "an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence."  It has mobilized its members in support of pro bono projects across the country.  Members of the distinguished group are vetted by a research team and a judicial review board.  

Bob has been inducted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized with some of the United States’ highest honors for attorneys. In 2010, Bob was one of two Missouri attorneys to be named “Legal Champion” as part of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s “Lawyer of the Year” program.  His leadership in the profession has led him to serve as an Executive Board member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG), as President of the Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers and as a past member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice.  Since 1985, Bob has been nationally board-certified in trial advocacy. He speaks regularly at many seminars throughout the country, teaching other lawyers various successful trial techniques.

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Brennan Delaney Named to Top Ten Attorneys Under 40

Langdon & Emison associate Brennan Delaney has been awarded with a Top 10 Under 40 Attorney distinction.  The award is administered by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, and honors the top ten personal injury attorneys in each state under the age of 40.  Brennan was selected as one of the top 10 in the state of Missouri, based on his work in defective product and wrongful death lawsuits.

NAOPIA was established in 2013 with the primary goal of discovering and recognizing the top personal injury attorneys in their respective regions.  The attorneys who make this list are first nominated by an attorney in that state, and then the Selection Committee and Board of Governors approves the slate of candidates for the top 10 in each state.

Prior to practicing at Langdon & Emison and the firm of Douthit Frets, Brennan spent four years serving 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. He 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. Brennan is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and KCMBA and serves on the Missouri Solo and Small Firm Committee.

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. Prior to law school, Brennan graduated magna cum laude from Truman State University with Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

 Brennan Delaney, Lexington, Mo.

Brennan Delaney, Lexington, Mo.

Takata Pleads Guilty in Airbag Case

Takata has finally pleaded guilty to deceiving automakers about the safety of its airbags. This week's guilty plea by Takata in federal court, as well as the new accusations against automakers in a separate lawsuit, show that legal proceedings in the airbag scandal continue to move forward.

Bair Hugger MDL Surpasses 1,000 Mark

Langdon & Emison continues to accept potential cases on behalf of patients who suffered serious infections after a knee, hip or other joint replacement surgery. These lawsuits over 3M Bair Hugger blankets allege the device, which is used in hospitals across the country, exposed patients to contaminated air from the operating room, causing MRSA, sepsis and other serious infections. 

Four Langdon & Emison Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America

Langdon & Emison attorneys Brett EmisonKent EmisonBob Langdon and Mike Manners have all been named again to the annual directory of Best Lawyers in America.  

L&E Partner Brett Emison to Present at AAJ 2016 Annual Convention

Langdon & Emison partner Brett Emison will present at the American Association for Justice 2016 Annual Convention on July 25 in Los Angeles. Mr. Emison will be featured on a distinguished panel of speakers at the Products Liability Section Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program, presenting on the topic of “Evaluating Product Liability Cases: Do I Take the Case or Not”?