Julia concentrates her practice in the areas of product liability, toxic tort, complex business litigation and general torts litigation. As a member of Husch Blackwell's Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, she has substantial experience defending industry clients in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. Her product liability experience involves a range of commercial and consumer electrical equipment, including automatic guided vehicles, circuit breaker panels, control systems, furnace systems, electrical grids and systems, industrial motors, traffic control devices and transformers. She also has significant experience in toxic tort matters alleging personal injury and property damage blamed on polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) exposure.
In her business litigation practice, Julia represents clients in matters ranging from breach of contract and fraud to construction and securities claims.
Her noteworthy matters include:
•Obtaining a victory for global provider of technology-based agricultural products in a three-plaintiff PCB case, whereby the court entered a summary judgment in client's favor.
Defending a material handling and logistics automation company against an injured plaintiff. After only two days of trial, plaintiff lowered his settlement demand to one-fourth of the amount demanded prior to trial.
Representing a global provider of technology-based agricultural products in a declaratory judgment action regarding an electrical service contract to client's elemental phosphorus plant. The court entered a judgment for client that resulted in substantial savings in lieu of the $7.5 million initially demanded.
Julia works closely with clients to ensure that cases are handled in an efficient and cost-effective manner and, when appropriate, develops business strategies for reducing the risk of future litigation. She has handled cases in dozens of states from inception through disposition and has extensive motion practice, deposition and trial experience.
Missouri Court of Appeals, 1995-1997
Obtained a significant victory for a Fortune 500 global provider of technology-based agricultural products in a three-plaintiff polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) case. Plaintiffs alleged they suffered from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as a result of PCBs in their blood, which they ingested through the food chain. Client ceased manufacturing and selling PCBs nearly 40 years ago, but plaintiffs claimed that it knew or should have known that PCBs would persist in the environment. The client moved for summary judgment on the basis that it had no duty to plaintiffs, their alleged injuries were not foreseeable, and the PCBs entered the environment because of acts over which client had no control. The court entered summary judgment in favor of client.
•Defended a material handling and logistics automation company when plaintiff was injured at an automotive stamping plant while loading panels onto a trailer that was pulled by an automatic guided vehicle (AGV). As plaintiff was loading the trailer, it was struck by another trailer pulled by an oncoming AGV. The impact pushed the stationary trailer into a man-stand, trapping plaintiff's leg between the trailer and the man-stand. Plaintiff's leg was later amputated below the knee. After only two days of trial, plaintiff lowered his settlement demand to one-fourth of the amount demanded prior to trial.
•Represented a Fortune 500 global provider of technology-based agricultural products in a declaratory judgment action regarding an electrical service contract to client's elemental phosphorus plant, which was the largest single-point customer for the defendant. The amount at stake was in excess of $7.5 million. After a bench trial, the court entered a judgment for client, which was confirmed on appeal and resulted in substantial savings.
•Defended a client's traffic solutions division in a wrongful death traffic accident case in which a father of eight was killed. Plaintiff alleged, among other things, that the traffic control devices that controlled the intersection were defective and/or improperly programmed. After plaintiff's expert witness was deposed, plaintiff filed a notice of voluntary dismissal.
•Defended a global electronics and electrical engineering company when an independent contractor was injured after a large spool of copper wire fell on his foot, allegedly causing foot and back injuries. Plaintiff alleged client supplied him with a defective tool to hold the wire spool. The court granted summary judgment on the client's behalf.
5.29.13 Contract Liability & Indemnity Issues For Manufacturers
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