Landmark cases

Helmet

$7 MILLION FOR A MOTORCYCLIST WHO WAS SOLD A FRAUDULENT HELMET

John represented a motorcyclist who missed a jump in a professional dirt bike race and crushed his skull, resulting in a severe brain injury.

There was evidence that the helmet had malfunctioned, but the motorcyclist had signed a release of negligence in order to participate in the race. The helmet manufacturer argued that it was not liable for its own negligence because of the release.

But John took the matter in a different direction: he turned it into a fraud case because the helmet the motorcyclist purchased did not provide him with the level of safety promised in the promotional materials.

All of the highest-rated bike and motorcycle helmets are tested and certified by Snell, an independent foundation.

The helmet the motorcyclist was wearing at the time of the accident had a Snell sticker on it, but John discovered that the helmet was not actually Snell certified and had, in fact, never been submitted to the organization.