Practice Area: Personal injury
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.