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As one of the largest, most important – and most dynamic – sectors in the world, the automotive industry presents unique challenges to litigation. At Donohue Brown, our lawyers understand the automotive industry, its issues, its language and its way of doing business.

This knowledge and longtime experience drives our approach in successfully defending top global automakers and leading national auto components and parts makers. In fact, one of the nation’s “Big Three” automakers named us one of their “go-to” counsel for product liability defense in surveys conducted by a prominent periodical directed to Fortune 500 in-house counsel.

A majority of our automotive industry practice involves taking product liability cases to trial – and winning them – in state and federal courts across the country. We have also handled commercial litigation involving a variety of business disputes, including breach of contract, sales and delivery agreements, distribution and transportation issues and insurance coverage, among others.

Related cases

Brown v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Illinois Appellate Court, First District, 714 N.E.2d 556 (Ill App. 1st Dist.), leave denied, 720 N.E.2d 1089 (1999)05/01/1999

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Defense Verdict; Defense Verdict Affirmed on Appeal

General Casualty Company v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Supreme Court of Wisconsin, 592 N.W.2d 198 (Wis. 1999)03/01/1999

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Dismissal in Favor of Defendant Affirmed

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Supreme Court of Wisconsin, 592 N.W.2d 201 (Wis. 1999)02/01/1999

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Summary Judgment in Favor of Defendant Affirmed

Portwood v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Illinois Appellate Court, First District, 685 N.E.2d 941 (Ill. App.1st Dist. 1997), affirmed, 702 N.E.2d 1102 (Ill. 1998)01/01/1998

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Dismissal of Plaintiff’s Class Action Affirmed

Tompkins v. Defendant Automobile Dealership

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Judge Sanjay Tailor)12/02/2011

Client:

Defendant Automobile Dealership

Outcome:

Summary judgment granted in favor of client

Willis v. Defendant Floor Covering Distributor

Cook County, Illinois10/01/1999

Client:

Defendant Floor Covering Distributor

Outcome:

$24 million contribution verdict in favor of the firm’s client

Asbestos Cases

05/05/1993

Client:

Defendant Defendant Automotive Manufactures

Outcome:

DBMS presently represents major automotive manufacturers

Plaintiffs v. Defendant Auto Manufacturer

05/23/2018

Client:

Defendant Auto Manufacturer

Outcome:

Verdict for the Defense

Bordelon v. Defendant Auto Manufacturer

01/22/2016

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Verdict for the Defense

Ramirez v. Defendant Automotive Manufacturer

02/18/2015

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Summary Jugment in favor of client

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