Plaintiff v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

  • Circuit Court, Will County, Illinois10/01/2004
    Counsel: John J. Duffy
    Client: Defendant Automobile Manufacturer
    Outcome: Defense Verdict


Shortly after a new alternator was installed, a fire started in a vehicle and eventually engulfed another car, the garage and nearly destroyed a family’s home and all of their belongings.

Plaintiffs alleged that the design of the vehicle's alternator was defective and was unwittingly used by a rebuilder that sold the part.

Plaintiffs argued that the part was flawed and prone to fires and used three experts from a rebuilder’s trade group to criticize the design of the alternator. Plaintiffs requested over $160,000 from the jury.

The defendant automobile manufacturer defended its design and received a verdict in their favor.