June 2008

Marc Weingarten Elected to a Litigation Counsel of America Fellowship

Marc P. Weingarten, a Partner in Locks Law has been elected to a fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one half of one percent of all American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.

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Marc Weingarten Reappointed to the International Relations Committee of the American Association for Justice

Marc P. Weingarten, a Locks Law Partner, has been reappointed to the International Relations Committee of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). The purpose of this committee is to review and strengthen the relationship between AAJ and trial lawyer organizations of other countries. In addition to being appointed to this committee, Marc is the education coordinator for the International Practice Section of AAJ. In that role, he has arranged for lawyers from England, Holland, Canada, California, and Ohio to make an educational presentation at this year's annual convention of AAJ, to be held in Philadelphia in July. In addition, Marc will be speaking at that program as well, and his topic of presentation will be international litigation concerning Vioxx.

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Multi-Million Dollar Settlement in an Auto Fire and Explosion Case

Steve Knowlton recently achieved a multi-million dollar settlement for our client who was severely burned after an automobile accident in which the car she was driving was struck from behind and exploded. The case was brought in 1998 against a major auto manufacturer alleging that the post collision fuel fed fire (PCFFF) was the result of a defectively designed fuel system. Expert analysis of the wreckage of the car revealed that the gas tank was driven into the drive shaft of the vehicle causing it to split and spill gas, resulting in a fire that claimed the lives of three other passengers and caused severe burns to our client, the driver. After nearly eight years of litigation, the review of over 3 million pages of documents, some of which revealed that the manufacturer clearly knew of the risk of this exact automotive defect, and the review of tens of thousands of hours of crash test videos, the auto manufacturer agreed to settle the case---requiring complete confidentiality.

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