Childers, Schlueter & Smith Helps to Win First Plaintiffs’ Jury Verdict in Yamaha Rhino Personal Injury Litigation, $317,000 Awarded

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First victory in hundreds of lawsuits brought against Yamaha for safety problems faced by its Rhino utility-terrain vehicle (UTV)

The personal injury law office of Childers, Schlueter & Smith of Atlanta, GA, today announced an important victory in Civil Action No.: 08C-18950-2, one of hundreds of lawsuits brought against Yamaha for safety problems faced by its Rhino utility-terrain vehicle (UTV). Attorney C. Andrew Childers joined with Pensacola, FL attorneys Robert Blanchard and Kimberly R. Lambert of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Echsner, Rafferty & Proctor to win this important case over a two-week trial. The firms are the first to win against Yamaha in litigation connected with the Rhino UTV’s safety problems.

The Plaintiffs in the case were Roger and Glenda McTaggart. The couple sued for personal injury sustained by Roger, whose left leg was crushed in a low speed rollover incident. Mr. McTaggart was operating the Rhino on a relatively flat, grassy area. During a low speed right turn, the vehicle tipped onto the driver’s side, trapping Mr. Taggart’s leg under the UTV. He sustained serious and permanent injury to his leg.

The State Court of Gwinnett County, State of Georgia jury found that the Rhino was defectively designed and that Yamaha was negligent, securing the first successful verdict against Yamaha relating its Rhino UTV. Given the large number of pending cases in Multidistrict Litigation (MDL), - a proceeding that involves Federal Court Plaintiffs from many jurisdictions - the verdict has far-reaching implications. The first of the cases, MDL No. 2016, United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky, Louisville Division, is scheduled to be heard October 18, 2010.

About Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC:

Childers, Schlueter & Smith is a preeminent Georgia law firm that takes pride in years of experience and exceptional results. The firm’s personal injury and wrongful death lawyers are devoted to helping victims nationwide receive compensation for their losses in product liability, dangerous drug and personal injury cases. Today, the firm has recovered more than $150,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for their clients.

To find out more about Roger and Glenda McTaggart v. Yamaha Motor Corporation jury trial visit the law office's website, where you can also download a PDF of the complaint in the case. To learn more about Childers, Schlueter & Smith, call toll free at 1-800-641-0098 or visit their website at


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