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Federal judge affirms $11 million verdict for Greene Espel client

On June 15, 2015, Judge Ann D. Montgomery affirmed an $11 million jury verdict against Toyota in the case Trice et al.  v. Toyota Motor Corporation et al.  The jury had found that a design defect in Koua Fong Lee’s 1996 Toyota Camry was a direct cause of a 2006 crash that killed three and injured two. In a 67-page memorandum and order, Judge Montgomery rejected Toyota’s arguments to set aside the verdict or for a new trial. Judge Montgomery also added pre- and post-judgment interest to the verdict, increasing the total judgment against Toyota to over $14 million. Kevin Zhao  served as part of the legal team representing Koua Fong Lee during the 4-week trial and for post-trial motions. Robert C. Hilliard of Hilliard Munoz Gonzalez LLP served as lead trial counsel. The decision is featured in recent Star Tribune and Law360 (sub. Req.) articles.


X. Kevin Zhao