Our automotive cases range from people and families injured or killed by defective vehicles, to class actions seeking compensation for owners of vehicles with hidden safety defects, to those cases focused on holding automakers accountable for lying to environmental regulators how clean (or dirty) is the vehicle's condition.
Bailey Glasser lawyers are among the best in the business for automotive litigation. They routinely take on important roles in high-stakes cases and also represent individuals injured or killed by defective vehicles. Firm partners Ben Bailey and Eric Snyder were appointed by the presiding judge to leading roles for the plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation consolidating more than 300 cases alleging sudden acceleration problems with millions of Toyota vehicles. Ben Bailey was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Volkswagen Clean Diesel litigation. Our lawyers have been quoted in national media outlets regarding the sudden acceleration cases including New York Times, Dateline NBC, and CNN.
Whether the case is a nationwide class action or a single-vehicle crash, we bring a diverse and dedicated team to the table. We are just as at home trying cases, working through complex legal issues, or managing the mountains of e-Discovery produced by automakers as we are at getting our hands dirty examining a wrecked vehicle or a crash scene.
If you or a family member have been injured by a defective vehicle, if you believe your vehicle might have a safety or emissions defect, or if you are another lawyer with a case like these, our lawyers are standing by to help.
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- Served on the Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel Committee in the Toyota Unintended Acceleration MDL for the personal injury and wrongful death cases; worked extensively on this years-long litigation that resulted in hundreds if settlements for plaintiffs injured or killed in UA-related crashes, and over $1 billion in recovery for those who suffered diminution in value of their Toyota vehicles; Bailey Glasser was the only law firm to have to have partners serve on both the Economic Loss and Personal Injury/Wrongful Death Committees in that case
- Participated extensively and served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and the tech subcommittee in nationwide litigation against Volkswagen arising out of fraud in connection with its allegedly “clean” diesel vehicles; reached the largest automotive defect class action settlement in history (over $11 billion)
- Represented the family of a mother killed when her General Motors vehicle crashed because of a defective ignition switch; the case resolved by settlement before suit was filed
- Served on the plaintiffs’ science and technology committee in the Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep EcoDiesel Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation MDL based on diesel emissions fraud. Resulted in settlement in excess of $300 million that required Chrysler to complete modifications of class vehicles to reduce their emissions
- Representing clients who suffered economic loss in class actions alleging safety defects, for example, in Nissan’s Automatic Emergency Braking systems resulting in the brakes being applied unexpectedly and against the intentions of the driver, in Kia vehicles resulting in fires and loss of vehicle control, and in airbag control units that can fail and cause the airbag not to deploy in a crash
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