An eight year-old lawsuit, carrying a potential $9 million damages verdict against New Jersey State Police and South Jersey Transportation Authority, has been dismissed on summary judgment.
On January 19, 2015, in Henebema v. South Jersey Transportation Authority, et al., Docket No. ATL-L-964-07, Eli S. Scheiman of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. ("Porzio"), along with attorneys from Gass Weber Mullins LLC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, successfully obtained summary judgment dismissing a lawsuit against two public entity defendants, South Jersey Transportation Authority and New Jersey State Police, along with a $9 million damages verdict.
To learn more about the case, please click here.
By Eric L. Probst and Roy Alan Cohen
Trial counsel in motor vehicle and trucking cases often rely on computer-generated accident reconstructions to sue or defend the driver and explain to a jury how an accident occurred. To recreate events leading up to a collision, accident reconstruction experts use information collected during their scene investigation to establish the facts necessary for reconstruction. These facts can include road and debris measurements, speed and braking of the vehicles, visual impairments, weather and road conditions, road signs and special features, and sometimes the nature of accident victims’ injuries. Information can also come from statements given by the drivers, eyewitnesses, and emergency personnel.
By Eric L. Probst
Phone call. Collision. Truck and mini-van on its way to a Little League game. Significant injuries, police at the scene. Obviously there is a family out there that is in both physical and emotional pain. However, we can forget that our client and its driver are dealing with many of the same fears and emotions. All too often our minds leap forward into advanced “anticipation of litigation” mode and miss the fundamentals of establishing a foundation of both compassion and consulting that can result in an early resolution of a potential catastrophic claim. The last thing the real client (the transportation company owner, the guy that pays the premiums) wants to hear is that “a lawyer is on the phone” and the word litigation is being discussed. What the client needs to know at the outset is an answer to straightforward and not too complex question: what really happened. This question is answered by the rapid response team (“RRT”).
By Roy A. Cohen
Self-driving cars and associated technology is moving from science fiction to reality in our lifetime. The acceleration of technology in this area and the ability to apply these scientific and engineering advances to practical applications are creating advances in transportation that will change the way people live their lives and how civilization does business. This article focuses on a fascinating blend of classic product liability and proximate cause issues as they relate to an area populated by new products, components, hardware, software, and related technology.
To read the full article as published in the IADC May 2015 Product Liability Committee Newsletter, please click here.