St. Paul, MN (PRWEB) February 05, 2015

attorney Brent S. Schafer of the Schafer legislation firm, P.A. tried a motor car merchandise legal responsibility lawsuit in opposition to Toyota, Quincy Ray Adams v. Toyota Motor organization, et al (Civ. No. zero:10-cv-02805 ADM/JSM) in the U.S. District court, where a federal jury awarded the plaintiffs a total of $ eleven,440,000.00. the decision used to be announced Tuesday in U.S. District court docket in Minneapolis. It used to be confirmed that the 1996 Toyota Camry used to be faulty and brought about a deadly accident in 2006. This verdict further vindicates Kuoa Fong Lee, who was once wrongfully imprisoned for inflicting the crash that ended in the demise of three individuals and severe accidents to two others, who had been passengers within the car that Lee struck.

The trial lasted for 3 weeks prior to decide Ann Montgomery in federal court docket in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The jury reached a unanimous determination to find that the Toyota Camry used to be defectively dangerous and an instantaneous cause of the accident. The jury assigned 60% of the fault to Toyota and forty% fault to the driver.

On June 10, 2006, Kuoa Fong Lee was once returning residence from church in his 1996 Toyota Camry. His pregnant spouse was beside him and his eight-yr-old daughter and father had been sitting in the backseat. He used to be riding from Minneapolis to his dwelling in St. Paul when he applied his brakes on the bottom of a highway off-ramp. When he realized that the brakes didn’t sluggish the Camry down, Mr. Lee yelled to his domestic, “brakes now not working!” in keeping with court docket documents.

court paperwork state that the 1996 Toyota Camry collided with an Oldsmobile Ciera. The collision pushed the Oldsmobile, which was carrying 5 passengers, into a turn across the intersection at which it used to be ready. the motive force, Javis Adams and the entrance seat passenger, 10-yr-outdated Javis Adams, Jr., have been killed instantly, whereas 6-12 months-outdated Devyn Bolton, who was sitting in the backseat, died a year later from her injuries. Two other people were injured. Mr. Lee and his domestic weren’t severely injured.

even though Mr. Lee maintained your complete time that the failure of the brakes is what led to the accident, prosecutors argued that Lee had stepped on the fuel and no longer the brakes. He was convicted of prison vehicular murder and sentenced to eight years in prison. Following his conviction, Lee fired his legal professional and employed Brent Schafer. Mr. Lee sat in jail for 2 and a half of years away from his wife and their 4 kids. He neglected the delivery of his youngest daughter.

in keeping with legal professional Brent Schafer, he reopened the case in January of 2015 after Toyota recalled thousands and thousands of vehicles for surprising unintended acceleration (SUA). Schafer teamed up with Robert Hilliard of Hilliard Munoz Gonzales in Corpus Christi, Texas, a well-known merchandise liability attorney. collectively, Schafer and Hilliard promised Lee that they’d do no matter it took to get him released from jail and a brand new trial. In an August 2015 hearing, Hilliard and Schafer offered proof that the 1996 Toyota Camry was once defective and that they had been searching for to overturn Mr. Lee’s conviction. the same choose who had sentenced him to eight years in jail ordered his conviction vacated, granted his fast free up and declined to re-cost Mr. Lee.

“This has been a experience to divulge the reality and now not about money. The jury discovered the Toyota Camry was defective. this is the truth,” says Schafer.

court documents state that this lawsuit against Toyota integrated: Mr. Koua Fong Lee his spouse, Panghoua his daughter, Jemee his brother Nong and his father, Nhia as plaintiffs. additionally included as plaintiffs within the lawsuit had been the passenger in the Oldsmobile who was once severely injured, Quincy Adams the backseat passenger, Jasmine Adams and Bridgette Trice on behalf of the property of Devyn Bolton, the little lady within the backseat who changed into a quadriplegic after which died 18 months later.

The awards per plaintiff

    Jasmine Adams: $ four,000,000.00
    Quincy Adams: $ 1,250,000.00
    Koua Fong Lee: $ 1,250,000.00
    Panghoua Moua: $ 750,000.00
    Jemee Lee: $ a hundred and fifty,000.00
    Nhia Koua Lee: $ 15,000.00
    Nong Lee: $ 25,000.00
    The estate of Devyn Bolton: $ four,000,000.00

source: Hilliard Munoz Gonzales LLP. (2015). Jury Finds Toyota at Fault for Crash That despatched harmless Man to prison — Awards $ 11,440,000.00 [Press Release] Retrieved from http://www.prnewswire.com/information-releases/jury-finds-toyota-at-fault-for-crash-that-sent-innocent-man-to-jail—-awards-1144000000-300030457.html

lawyer Brent Schafer mentioned, “This has been a case now we have labored on for the reason that day we secured Koua Fong Lee’s liberate from jail. My shoppers are chuffed it’s over and that the jury took the time to take into account the case and agreed their Camry was defective.

There are not any real winners in cases like these. Toyota’s behavior and the ensuing tragedy has modified the lives of all involved. A verdict against Toyota simply and as soon as and for all confirms what Koua Fong Lee has always maintained – that he used to be pushing the brake and no longer the gas.”

about the firm

established in 2001, Schafer law agency, P.A. practices felony protection throughout the state of Minnesota and personal harm all over the nation, specializing in North Dakota oil box injuries. Mr. Schafer is a published creator and customary lecturer at continuing criminal education seminars. He has appeared on CNN, ABC World news Tonight, MSNBC, Fox Morning information, ABC’s good Morning america and all native St. Paul and Minneapolis news stations. For more information about the firm, please go to: http://www.schaferlawfirm.com/ or call 651-209-1919.