Monday, August 06, 2012

Illinois Appellate Court 1st District Decision - Illinois Law Applies

On August 6, 2012, the First District Appellate Court ruled that Illinois law, not Michigan law, applied to our auto product liability action on behalf of a Chicago man rendered quadriplegic in a Michigan car crash.  The suit arises out of Chrysler's failure to utilize a roll bar or sufficiently strong A-pillars in the Sebring convertible.  Due to the Chrysler bankruptcy, the only remaining defendant is Mancari's Chrysler Plymouth, Inc., the Illinois dealership that sold the vehicle.  The plaintiff resides in Illinois and the car was purchased in Illinois.  The court's ruling is significant in that Michigan law is extremely biased towards auto manufacturers and against those injured by automotive defects.  The case should now proceed to trial in 2013.  Bruce R. Pfaff and Michael T. Gill will try the case for the plaintiff.  Mancari's is represented by Brian Bell and Mario Ivelic of Swanson Martin & Bell.

Follow link to read the Appellate Court's Order.