Appeals Court Affirms $11.4 Million Verdict Against Toyota
Markovits, Stock & DeMarco, LLC clients, Quincy Ray Adams and Bridgette Trice, achieved a substantial victory today against Toyota when the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a jury’s $11.4 million verdict. More than ten years after a Toyota Camry coming off of a Minneapolis highway suddenly accelerated and crashed into another car, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury verdict finding that a product defect in the auto maker’s 1996 Camry was the cause of the three deaths and significant injuries that resulted.
Markovits, Stock & DeMarco, LLC attorney Bill Markovits, trial counsel for Adams and Trice, stated: “We are pleased that the 8th Circuit opinion vindicates the substantial victory on behalf of the plaintiffs, supporting the well-reasoned decisions of the jury and the trial judge. We hope that Toyota decides to take the right course of action, and finally allow justice for all plaintiffs involved without further delay.”
Devyn Bolton was six years old when the June 10, 2006 accident sent her into a coma and rendered her a quadriplegic. She emerged from her coma, but succumbed to her injuries a year later. Quincy Adams, Devyn’s grandfather, suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Devyn’s mother filed a lawsuit against Toyota in June 2010. She was joined in the lawsuit by Devyn’s grandfather and surviving cousin, as well as by the next of kin for Devyn’s deceased uncle and deceased cousin. The driver of the Toyota, Koua Fong Lee, and his family members ultimately intervened in the action and joined the lawsuit as well. After a month-long jury trial beginning in January 2015, followed by five days of jury deliberation, the jury found in plaintiffs’ favor and awarded verdicts totaling $11.4 million. Toyota appealed, but today’s opinion affirms the verdict.