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James Edward Butler III

James Butler’s Legal Cases

7 total

  • Bates v. Michelin North America

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Outcome:
    Confidential Settlement
    Description:
    Johnny Earl Bates and his wife Patricia were driving to visit family on Christmas Day when their Uniroyal Laredo tire--which had been manufactured by Michelin--failed. The tread separated from the tire carcass, causing the vehicle to swerve and roll over. In the wreck, Mr. Bates suffered brain damage and quadriplegia. During the course of the litigation, as a result of Michelin's misconduct, the Court entered issue preclusion sanctions, determining as a matter of law that the tire was defective and unreasonably dangerous. Michelin settled just before trial. The settlement amount is confidential at Michelin's request.
  • Walden v. Chrysler

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Mar 26, 2015
    Outcome:
    $150,000,000 Jury Verdict
    Description:
    Chrysler designed the 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees, 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokees, and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberties with fuel tanks located low and behind the rear axle. Predictably, when the vehicles are hit from the rear, the tanks can rupture. When the Jeep Grand Cherokee in which my clients' son was riding was rearended, the tank ruptured, fuel spilled, and the vehicle burned. My clients' son was killed in the fire. We took the case to trial. The jury determined that Chrysler acted recklessly and failed to warn of a known danger, and imposed a verdict of $150 million. Of that verdict, 99% was apportioned to Chrysler, and 1% to the striking driver.
  • State v. Calderon

    Practice Area:
    Violent Crime
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2010
    Outcome:
    Verdict: Guilty
    Description:
    I handled this case as a prosecutor. Jose Calderon was involved in a gang trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States. He was operating a "stash house" in Clayton County. When authorities raided the house and found millions of dollars worth of drugs, Calderon denied any connection to the home. Despite a skillful performance by a very good defense lawyer, we proved that Calderon was responsible. After a multi-day trial, the jury convicted him on multiple counts of drug trafficking.
  • State v. Johnson

    Practice Area:
    Violent Crime
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2010
    Outcome:
    Verdict: Guilty
    Description:
    I handled this case as a prosecutor. Michael Eugene Johnson was initiating a prospective member of his gang by guiding him through the armed robbery of an older convenience store owner. When they ran, they didn't run far enough, and police caught them. Despite the adverse testimony of the would-be gang member, we proved at trial that Johnson had committed armed robbery. After a multi-day trial, the jury convicted him.
  • Sheppard v. CSRA

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2012
    Outcome:
    Confidential Settlement
    Description:
    Two employees of a commercial motor carrier were putting speed ahead of safety as they drove though rural Washington County one night. As a result they collided with my clients, a father and son returning from the son's band practice. We located the witnesses who proved that the motor carrier was at fault, and the company decided to settle before we brought the matter to trial.
  • Hatfield v. TFX Incorporated, Ford Motor Company

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Oct 02, 2013
    Outcome:
    Jury Trial Followed by Confidential Settlement
    Description:
    As Mrs. Hatfield and her family drove down Interstate 16 in a 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis, a tractor-trailer merged into their lane struck the car in the rear. The car was forced off the road, then it rolled over. Tragically, Ford Motor Company had manufactured the car with a defectively weak roof. When the roof hit the ground, the portion over Mrs. Hatfield caved in and struck her in the head, forcing her head forward and down. The collapsing roof broke her neck, leaving Mrs. Hatfield paralyzed from the neck down. On behalf of Mrs. Hatfield and her husband, we filed suit against the trucking company and Ford Motor Company. We took the case all the way through trial, completing a 2.5-week trial on October 2. When the jury announced that it had reached a verdict, but before the jury could announce what the verdict was, Ford made an offer to settle the case. The Hatfield family accepted. The amount of the settlement is confidential at Ford's request.
  • Smith v. Ajuzie

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Sep 13, 2014
    Outcome:
    Confidential Settlement Three Days before Specially Set Jury Trial
    Description:
    Malcom Smith, an eighteen-year old college student and professional dancer, was riding in the back seat of a friend's car when another driver made an illegal left turn. The car smashed into the car Malcom was riding in, paralyzing him from the waist down. We took the case and prepared for trial. We were ready. On the Saturday night before a trial specially set for Tuesday, the defendants gave in and agreed to a confidential settlement that will provide funds to Malcom for the rest of his life. The amount exceeded the defendant's policy limits by a substantial amount.