The trial team at Farrar & Ball knows from experience that a successful jury verdict or settlement begins long before the jury is seated in the courtroom. Our strategy starts with a thorough and comprehensive approach to discovery and aggressive advocacy to ensure that jurors are allowed to see and hear every piece of critical evidence. We counter defendants’ obstruction and stalling tactics with aggressive responses, and our team has been successful at obtaining sanctions when defendants attempt to abuse the system to their strategic advantage. The wide assortment of documents below sheds light on how we capitalize on pretrial procedures to define the playing field in trial in the most favorable way possible for our clients.
Discovery Order denying defendant Hankook Tire Mfg.’s request relating to the inspection of a defective tire at the center of an injury lawsuit.
Court order imposing sanctions against Cooper Tire for misconduct in discovery in a lawsuit over injuries caused by a defective tire.
Motion for sanctions against Firestone for unnecessarily delaying lawsuit proceedings and making false representations to the Court.
Court order allowing plaintiff’s counsel to be present for inspection of defective tires by defendant Bridgestone Corp.
Motion to allow plaintiffs to retain custody of a defective tire during inspection by defendant Continental Tire.
Defendant Michelin’s motion to compel production of a tire for private testing and inspection.
Court order granting plaintiffs right to be present during inspection and testing of tire.
Affidavit detailing questionable actions by defense experts including mishandling or losing evidence.
Court grants favorable tire inspection order in Chavez v Kumho Tire.
Plaintiff’s response to Bridgestone’s motion to compel.
Court order granting motion to compel, denying Continental’s objection to deposition and protective order and denying Continental’s objection to plaintiff’s request to produce.
Court order denying rebroadcast of confidential information.
Protective order for Cooper Tire & Rubber Company related disclosure of confidential tire company information.
Court order regarding motion in limine related to “adjustments” made by Goodyear tire retailers. Court concludes that adjustment data is relevant and can be presented to jurors in tire defect injury trial.
Court order on motion in limine, denying defendant’s request and concluding that evidence of other tire defects is admissible in trial.
Court order denying defendant’s motion to exclude reference to a Goodyear tire recall during trial.
Court order denying defendant’s motion to exclude confidential documents from trial.
Court order denying defendant’s request to exclude plaintiff’s expert.
Court order denying defendant’s motion to exclude evidence related to the Bridgestone/Firestone controversy.
Florida Supreme Court order denying defendant’s request for a rehearing.
Court order describing procedures for defendant’s inspection of defective tire involved in an injury accident.
Court order requiring Michelin to produce witnesses for depositions and evidence for discovery.
Plaintiffs’ motion seeking sanctions against Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. for obfuscation and misrepresentations.
Court order denying defendant’s motion to produce companion tires and wheels.
Court order granting plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery.
Court order allowing plaintiffs to be present during tire inspection.
Letter confirming tire inspection procedure.
Order allowing access to confidential documents.
Supreme Court of Texas order granting mandamus relief related to producing confidential trade secrets.
Court order granting request for discovery documents.
This video animation demonstrates how steel belts inside a tire without a nylon wedge can generate dangerous amounts of friction. Learn More
Corporate tire industry video documents safety concerns when two new tires are mounted on back of vehicle. Learn More
This demonstrative evidence video animation is used to show jurors the components of a tire and illustrates how tires without “belt wedges” can generate dangerous friction between the steel belts. Learn More
This demonstrative evidence image shows a cross section of a modern tire with liners, belts, nylon overlay and undertread. Learn More
Corporate tire industry video explains safety and performance issues when only two tires are replaced on a vehicle, and how vehicle handling is affected by placement of tires. Learn More
Video created by Carr Engineering Inc. to document a tread separation test with a Ford Explorer. Test shows that even an expert driver with knowledge that a tread separation event is imminent still cannot maintain control of the vehicle. Learn More
A video animation used as demonstrative evidence to illustrate for jurors the components of a tire, including belts, liners and tread base. This animation demonstrates how two belt liners rubbing together can create friction that leads to tire failure. Learn More
Short video documenting an SUV on a test track flipping and rolling, then crashing into a guard rail. Learn More
Demonstrative evidence illustration used to explain to jurors the components of a tire designed with nylon safety strips in addition to steel belts. Learn More
Side-by-side demonstrative evidence used to explain to jurors the differences between a cap ply tire with a nylon safety belt compared to a traditional steel-belted tire. Learn More
Demonstrative evidence showing three different camera angles of a 2001 Mercury Moutaineer performing a controlled maneuver with a defective tire. Learn More