Cunningham Bounds, LLC represents victims in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by work-related accidents, defective products, truck and automobile accidents, and medical malpractice. The firm also has expertise in business litigation, complex litigation, and national and state class action litigation involving defective products and consumer rights.
Founded in 1958, and representing plaintiffs exclusively since 1973, Cunningham Bounds has a long and successful history of helping those who have been injured by the wrongdoing of others. The firm consists of 17 attorneys, a support staff of more than 80 people, and a full-time investigative team that includes several former law enforcement officers.
A Sample of Noteworthy Cases:
•In 2016, the Court approved a $149,950,000 class action settlement that the firm negotiated on behalf of 3,000 employees, retirees, and other beneficiaries of Singing River Health System's (SRHS) Pension Plan. In October 2014, SRHS announced that it had not made a contribution to the Singing River Health System Employees' Retirement Plan and Trust (“Trust”) since 2009.
•Earlier in 2016, the Court approved settlements totaling more than $10 million for classes of affected debtors represented by Cunningham Bounds in three separate cases related to the submission of improper affidavits by Wells Fargo, CitiMortgage, and Chase Home Finance in class members' Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.
•Also in 2016, the firm obtained a $102 million judgment against Defendants Timothy McCallan, Americorp, Inc., and Seton Corp. related to their role in what the Court deemed “an extraordinary case of fraud on a massive scale.”
•A week before the start of a scheduled three week jury trial, the law firm of Cunningham Bounds, LLC obtained a $46 million settlement for its clients, Bender Shipbuilding and Repair Company, Inc. and an international ship operator, in a product liability lawsuit filed against Caterpillar, Inc. for an explosion and fire caused by a defective engine onboard the M/V Sherman, a ship that was under construction at the time.
•Cunningham Bounds obtained a $140 million wrongful death verdict against a hospital and its outsourced medical transcription companies for a woman's death caused by a transcription error, resulting in a fatal medication error.
•The firm also received a $15 million verdict against another hospital for the wrongful death of a 45-year-old woman who walked into the hospital for diagnostic work, and who later underwent successful cardiac bypass surgery that same morning. That evening, following the administration of an overdose of a powerful anesthetic medication, she suffered a cardiac arrest and died.
•In 2011, the firm achieved a $40 million wrongful death verdict against Kia Motors of American, Kia Motors Corporation and DBI/Celltrion. The complaint was filed by the mother of a 16 year-old who was driving a Kia Sephia with defective seatbelt buckles that Kia had failed to recall. In 2009, the firm secured a $20 million verdict in a medical wrongful death case for the family of a woman who died after her anesthesia care team failed to follow the accepted standards of care in administering her anesthesia.
•In 2008, the firm obtained a $192 million verdict for a local chemist whose invention was stolen by a German chemical company. In 2007, the firm obtained a verdict of $50 million for the family of a local man who was killed by a water heater that exploded.
•That same year, the firm obtained a $108 million verdict for a local company whose landfill was poisoned by hazardous waste improperly dumped by the defendants. According to various legal periodicals, several of these verdicts were among the largest verdicts in the United States in the years in which they were handed down.
The firm is continually ranked as a top litigation firm in publications such as Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business and Benchmark Litigation. All of the firm's partners have achieved the highest rating for legal ability in Martindale-Hubbell, 13 of the firm's attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers in America®, and 13 of the firm's attorneys are listed in Alabama's Super Lawyers. In addition, the firm's attorneys participate at all levels of national, state and local civic and professional organizations, including the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the National Board of Trial Advocacy, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Litigation Counsel of America, the American Association for Justice, the Alabama Association for Justice, the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, and the Inns of Court.