Yamaha wins another case!!!


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Hey guys - I wanted to be sure this didn't go unnoticed - especially considering the legal battles that have been taking place over the past year or so regarding the Rhino......looks like Yamaha won another one!!! This can only be a GOOD thing for ALL UTV owners - and especially for Yamaha......I hope the prosecuting attorneys take notice, and the judges do too.....I'd like to see these frivolous lawsuits get tossed out before they even make it to trial from now on! This was lifted from www.truthaboutrhino.com

Statement on Holt vs Yamaha Trial Verdict in Orange County, CA:
Jury Finds No Product Defect with Yamaha Rhino

The jury’s decision in Orange County, California to reject the plaintiff’s claims and award no damages in this case is appropriate. The jury made a decision based on the facts. The testimony and evidence during the trial showed that this unfortunate incident had nothing to do with the design of the product.
Yamaha is saddened whenever anyone is injured in an accident involving a Yamaha product. This incident underscores the importance of following the safety guidelines posted on the Rhino and in the owner’s manual, and to always operate the products in a safe and responsible manner. Drivers and passengers should wear helmets, protective gear including over-the-ankle foot wear, and the vehicle’s three-point seat belts at all times, and never drive a Rhino when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The Rhino is a safe and useful off-road vehicle that has won virtually every “first in class†award and top safety ratings in independent reviews since its introduction.
Yamaha stands firmly behind the Rhino and will continue to vigorously defend the product. To learn more about the Yamaha Rhino, visit our website www.truthaboutrhino.com.
Its great news....its too bad the plaintiff's not out the $$$$$ that yamaha isd having to spend on attorneys:cool:
I know....too bad Yamaha can't countersue for loss of income, cost of court fees and loss of market share!!
Hey some more info on this case!! Looks like the jury was unanimous in favor of Yamaha - 12 - 0!! Can't get much better than that!

Motorcycle News After a four month trial in the Orange County Superior Court Civil Complex Division, the jury returned a 12 - 0 unanimous defense verdict in the first of 174 California consolidated cases involving the Yamaha Rhino off-road vehicle. Richard B. Holt, Plaintiff vs. Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Superior Court of California, for the County of Orange - Civil Complex Center, Case No. 06CC11291, Judge Thierry Colaw presiding.
Plaintiff Richard Holt alleged that defects in his 2005 Rhino 660 vehicle caused his April 1, 2006 crash in which he tipped his vehicle onto its side resulting in an open compound fracture of his left tibia and fibula. Plaintiff claimed that the Rhino lacked adequate stability, doors for lower extremity protection and sufficient warnings.
Yamaha defended its design and warnings, contending that Mr. Holt caused his crash and injury by aggressive and impaired driving and by failing to wear a seat belt. Plaintiff denied aggressive driving and impairment and claimed he was wearing his seat belt.
Plaintiff's evidence focused on Yamaha's post-sale actions including a September 2006 supplemental labeling campaign, voluntary side panel door offer in August 2007 and a March 2009 CPSC voluntary repair program that included increasing the rear track width of the vehicle.
Yamaha defended the Rhino as a safe and defect free vehicle sold with appropriate warnings and instructions that, if followed, would have prevented plaintiff's incident. Plaintiff sought over $1 million in compensatory damages and an unspecified amount of punitive damages.
This first "bellwether" trial was closely watched by lawyers with other cases involving the Yamaha Rhino. Approximately 174 California Rhino matters are consolidated in the Orange County Superior Court, with another 271 cases consolidated in a federal MDL in the Western District of Kentucky, and 130 cases pending in a consolidated action in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
Yamaha's lead counsel, Paul Cereghini, of the national product liability defense firm, Bowman and Brooke LLP commented on the verdict:
"In returning this unanimous verdict, the jury rejected every one of plaintiff's claims. This verdict sends a clear message that the Yamaha Rhino is a safe, well-designed and defect free off-road vehicle."
Plaintiff's case went to verdict on claims for strict product liability, negligent product design, strict liability failure to warn, negligent failure to warn, failure to recall and punitive damages. The jury's general verdict for Yamaha rejects all of these causes of action.
Plaintiff's witnesses included design engineer Mr. James Williams from Fenton, Michigan; handling and stability engineer Micky Gilbert from Wheat Ridge, Colorado; seat belt biomechanic, Mr. Louis D'Aulerio from Penns Park, Pennsylvania; former NHTSA employee and biomechanic Dr. Michael Kleinberger from Clarksville, Maryland; former CPSC employee Mr. William Kitzes of Boca Raton, Florida, accident reconstructionist Mr. Ronald Carr of San Diego, California; impairment psychologist Dr. Dary Fiorentino from Van Nuys, California; economist Ms. Stephanie Rizzardi from Pasadena, California; and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Nissanoff from Poway, California.
Yamaha's witnesses included engineer Mr. Kevin Breen from Fort Myers, Florida; human factors engineer Dr. Alan Dorris from Atlanta, Georgia; engineer Robert Larson from Phoenix, Arizona; seat belt engineer Mr. Eddie Cooper from Phoenix, Arizona; biomechanic Dr. Harry Smith from San Antonio, Texas; biomechanic Dr. Robert Piziali from San Carlos, California; accident reconstructionist Dr. Graeme Fowler from Phoenix, Arizona; forensic toxicologist Mr. Martin Breen from Tustin, California and vehicle design engineer Lee Carr from Houston, Texas.
Plaintiff was represented by Scott Nealey of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP in San Francisco and Anthony J. Klein of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP in Bakersfield, California. Mr. Nealey and Mr. Klein represent plaintiffs in hundreds of Rhino matters and their firms have leadership positions in the California consolidation and the federal MDL actions. At times Mr. Nealey and Mr. Klein were assisted at trial by Gary Logan of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP in Bakersfield.
Yamaha was represented by its lead counsel Paul Cereghini of Bowman and Brooke in Phoenix, Arizona and by Thomas Branigan of Bowman and Brooke in Detroit. Mr. Cereghini and Mr. Branigan have leadership roles in the California consolidation and the federal MDL actions. Mr. Cereghini and Mr. Branigan were assisted at trial by Jeffrey Warren of Bowman and Brooke in Phoenix, Arizona and by Mr. Brian Gabel of the Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. Legal Department.
Great news!!

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