Nixon Peabody LLP secures jury trial victory for Daher-Socata Aerospace in turbo-prop crash

November 19, 2018

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Allison McClain

New York, NY. Nixon Peabody LLP and Akerman LLP secured a defense verdict for Daher-Socata Aerospace in a complex, three-week jury trial in Broward County, Florida, that included numerous expert witnesses.

The legal team represented Daher-Socata Aerospace in connection with serious personal injury claims filed in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Florida arising from the crash of a TBM 700/850 turbo-prop aircraft in Georgia, piloted by Blaine McCaleb. The plaintiffs, Blaine and his wife Dr. Cynthia McCaleb, a passenger in the aircraft, sued on strict liability and negligence grounds and sought more than $15 million (reduced from $30 million) for alleged physical injuries, including alleged brain trauma/cognitive impairment injuries.

During the trial, the legal team argued that the aircraft was safe and free of any defect, and that it was pilot error that caused the crash of a perfectly good aircraft. The jury agreed, finding that Daher-Socata Aerospace was not liable on all counts. The result was a complete win for the client.

Nixon Peabody partner Joseph Ortego and Akerman LLP partner Michael Marsh served as lead trial counsel. Assisting in the defense was Nixon Peabody partner Brian Dalrymple and associate Erik Goergen, and Donnie King from Akerman.

The case is McCaleb v. Daher-Socata, et al., in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County, FL, Case No. CASE 2015-014561 (02).

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