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Fatal Automobile Accident

Motor Vehicle Litigation / March 18, 2008

Court/Case No: St. Clair County Circuit Court/Case No. 06-001949-NI

Tried/Argued Before: Jury

Demand: $3.5 Million - Case evaluation award - $25,000.00 - Highest defense offer - $20,000.00

Verdict: No Cause of Action

Name of Judge(s): Daniel Kelley

Keys to the Case:

Defendant leased rental car for her son to drive while his personal vehicle was being repaired at a dealership. Son was involved in a fatal at-fault accident with the rental car. Estate sued Burns on the theory that the car rental agreement was open-ended and she could have kept the rental for more than 30 days, making her an “owner” under the Owner’s Liability Statute.


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