The National Law Journal has recognized Beasley Allen as an Elite Trial Lawyer award winner for its work representing Travaris D. Smith against Ford Motor Company. The award recognizes lawyers and law firms that have demonstrated repeated success in cutting-edge work on behalf of plaintiffs from January 2018 through April 2019. The winners were selected from more than 300 submissions across more than 20 categories.
“It is an honor to be included among some of the top plaintiff lawyers in the country,” said Tom Methvin, managing attorney for the firm. “We are proud of all of the dedication, skill and passion of Beasley Allen lawyers and staff, which has positioned the firm as a leader in national consumer litigation.”
During the last year, the firm helped secure more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for clients including $151,791,000 for Travaris “Tre” Smith. In February, a Dallas County, Alabama, jury found defendant Ford Motor Company at fault for a rollover crash of a 1998 Ford Explorer that left Smith paralyzed. The award included $51,791,000 in compensatory damages and $100 million in punitive damages. The jury agreed with Smith in finding that Ford failed to meet its own safety guidelines for the Explorer’s rollover resistance requirement and attempted to cover up the vehicle’s defective design. Beasley Allen lawyers LaBarron Boone, Greg Allen, Kendall Dunson, Dan Philyaw and Stephanie Monplaisir represented Smith.
Additionally, four other Beasley Allen trial teams were recognized as finalists.
- United States of America, ex rel., Barry Taul v. Nagel Enterprises Inc. individually and dba Abanks Mortuary & Crematory, and Jed Nagel
U.S. District Judge Virginia Hopkins entered judgment in the amount of $14,708,630.06 on behalf of whistleblower Barry Taul, who uncovered and reported an illegal kickback and false billing scheme that defrauded the Alabama Organ Center and taxpayers. A jury found in favor of Mr. Taul in the whistleblower case in February 2018. For approximately eight years (2003-2011) the Alabama Organ Center (AOC) and Nagel Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a Abanks Mortuary & Crematory and its owner, Jed Nagel, defrauded taxpayers as much as $60,000 a month. The defendants created an elaborate illegal kickback and false billing scheme, going to great lengths to silence Barry Taul, including physical assault, death threats and death threats against Taul’s family. Beasley Allen lawyers Larry Golston, Lance Gould and Leon Hampton represented Taul.
- Donald L. Dial, Personal Representative of Lacee Michaela Dial vs. Toyota Motor Corporation
In September 2012, high school senior Lacee Dial was killed when the rear axle of her 1999 Toyota 4Runner fractured, causing the vehicle to roll over and collide with a utility pole. Toyota attempted to blame Dial. It denied allegations of a defective rear axle. However, the trial team presented evidence showing Toyota knew about a defective part it manufactured, which led to the fatal crash. The case exposed Toyota’s defective axle and cleared Dial from any culpability. The jury awarded the Dial family $12 million in June 2018. Beasley Allen lawyers Chris Glover, managing attorney of the firm’s Atlanta office, and Ben Baker helped represent the Dial family.
- John Dees v. Tenax Corporation; Tenax Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC; Onin Staffing, LLC; Tenax SPA
An Alabama jury awarded John Dees $774,000 for permanent injuries he suffered while working for Onin Staffing, LLC at Tenax Manufacturing Alabama, LLC. Dees was injured on a machine manufactured by Tenax SPA, an Italian Company. The jury determined Tenax SPA acted wantonly due to its failure to guard against the machine’s known defect. Tenax SPA designed the machine with an inadequate guard, prohibited by both U.S. and European design standards. Dees was represented by Beasley Allen lawyers Evan Allen and Kendall Dunson.
- Commonwealth of Kentucky, ex. Rel. Andy Beshear, Attorney General v. Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., d/b/a/Fresenius Medical Care North America
In 2016, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit against Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc. The lawsuit claimed that the Massachusetts-based dialysis provider violated Medicaid guidelines and Kentucky law by failing to warn Kentucky dialysis clinics and doctors from 2003-2012 that its hemodialysis product, GranuFlo, could result in dangerously increased bicarbonate levels. AG Beshear alleged that clinics and doctors needed to know the risks of increased bicarbonate levels from GranuFlo to properly treat patients and prevent harm. Beasley Allen attorneys worked with the AG’s Office at every stage of litigation continuing to lead the national charge to recover billions of dollars in some of the nation’s largest Medicare fraud schemes. AG Beshear settled with Fresenius for $10.3 million in February 2019. The settlement will allow AG Beshear to return more than $5 million to the Kentucky Medicaid program. The remainder will go to the Commonwealth for funding, costs and fees. Beasley Allen lawyers working on the case included Dee Miles, head of the firm’s Consumer Fraud Section, Lance Gould, Ali Hawthorne, Rachel Boyd and Lauren Miles.