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.
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 partner Brett Emison offered commentary for a recent article on Missouri tort reform published in The National Law Journal. Emison serves on the executive committee of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, an advocacy organization dedicated to consumer rights protection and equality.
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”?