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Kyle Farrar and Wesley Ball Named as 2018 Texas Super Lawyers

Kyle Farrar and Wes Ball have both been named to Thomson Reuters’ list of Texas Super Lawyers for 2018. This is the fifth consecutive year each attorney has received the honor, having first been named in 2014. The Texas Super Lawyers list is published by the Thomas Reuters legal department, and is compiled from nominations submitted by attorneys from across the state. The final list comprises less than five percent of attorneys practicing in Texas. Once the list is complete, it’s published each year in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazine.

Farrar & Ball, LLP, has dedicated itself to helping individuals who have been hurt or killed through the recklessness and neglect of others. In addition to personal injury, the firm represents clients in a range of legal matters, including pharmaceutical tort litigation, product liability claims, and commercial disputes.

Another win for Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball against a global tire manufacturer

MORRILTON, Ark. – An Arkansas jury late Thursday ordered South Korea-based Hankook Tire Co. LTD to pay $1.2 million to a severely injured dump truck driver over an accident caused by a tire tread defect.

The verdict is the latest significant win against a global tire manufacturer by the trial lawyers at Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball LLP, which maintains offices in Ocala, Florida, and Houston. The eight-day trial followed a multiyear legal battle on behalf of 76-year-old truck driver Elmer Philpot.

Mr. Philpot was driving a load of gravel in 2010 when a defective tread on his right front tire separated, causing him to lose control of his dump truck. In the resulting crash, Mr. Philpot suffered leg fractures that required hip replacement.

After hearing evidence about how the defect originated at a Hankook plant in Daejeon, South Korea, the jury found the company 100 percent responsible for the crash and for Mr. Philpot’s injuries. The jury award is the largest on record in Conway County, Arkansas. Earlier in the case, Hankook was sanctioned by the judge for discovery misconduct.

“We took an aggressive position in this lawsuit because we knew that the jury needed to see and hear all of the evidence about Hankook’s manufacturing processes,” says attorney Skip Lynch, who practices in Kaster Lynch’s Florida office.

Trial team member Bruce Kaster agreed: “We forced this company to turn over key documents, and that made a big difference during the trial.”

In addition to Mr. Lynch and Mr. Kaster, the winning trial team included Jerry Kelly of Carlisle, Arkansas-based The Kelly Law Firm PA, and Ben Caruth of Gordon, Caruth & Virden PLC in Morrilton, Arkansas.

The case is Elmer Philpot v. Hankook Tire Co. LTD, et al., No. CV-2012-114, in the Circuit Court of Conway County.

The trial lawyers at Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball have hard-earned expertise in cases against global tire manufacturers over tire tread separation defects that can cause vehicles to lose control and roll over, often at highway speeds and without warning. The firm has secured verdicts and settlements against some of the largest tire manufacturers in the world, including Cooper, Goodyear and Hankook. To learn more about the firm, please visit http://www.thetirelawyers.com.

Farrar & Ball congratulates attorney David Romagosa for his repeat selection to the Rising Stars list of top young lawyers in Texas. This is the eighth consecutive year Mr. Romagosa has been named to the list, the first being 2010. Texas Rising Stars honors those attorneys under 40 years old, or who have been practicing the law less than 10 years. Of all the eligible attorneys practicing in Texas, only 2.5 percent are nominated each year.

Farrar & Ball, LLP, is dedicated to fighting for those who have been injured or killed through the carelessness of others. In addition, the firm takes on a range of other matters, including product liability claims and commercial litigation.

As injuries and fatalities continue to rise in connection with defective ignition switches in millions of GM cars and trucks, General Motors has agreed to pay $900 million to settle criminal charges related to its poor response and botched handling of the grave product safety issue.

At least 124 people have died and many more have been injured in crashes caused by GM cars shutting off without notice, disabling the airbag, power steering and power brakes. GM executives have admitted that its employees were aware of the ignition switch flaw for nearly a decade before implementing a recall in 2014.

Although federal authorities have said that GM executives made misleading statements and concealed information about the faulty switch, the settlement does not hold individual decision makers at GM accountable and has drawn criticism relatives of those killed in crashes caused by the faulty ignition switches.

“While nothing can bring my daughter back, we need a system where auto executives are accountable to the public and not just corporate profits,” Laura Christian, whose 16-year-old daughter Amber Marie Rose was killed in 2005, told CNN.

The automotive product liability lawyers at Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball have extensive experience representing individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of dangerous automotive products. The trial team has successfully represented individuals who have been injured by defective tires and automotive products, spurring automakers and product manufacturers to make safety improvements to their products.

Read more about the settlement here.

HOUSTON – After building one of the region’s hottest trial law firms and earning a string of record verdicts against tire, automotive and product manufacturers, Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball, LLP, founders Kyle Farrarand Wesley Todd Ball have been singled out for a rare combination of professional honors.

Mr. Farrar and Mr. Ball are joining a select group of lawyers who earned selection to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 (2015-2016), which recognizes the country’s leading attorneys age 40 and younger. The two courtroom litigators also previously have been named to the exclusive Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers list (2014-2016), an honor seldom extended to practitioners under age 40, and the Thomson Reuters’ Texas Rising Stars list (Ball, 2010-2014, Farrar, 2009-2014)which specifically recognizes top lawyers under age 40. The three individual honors are awarded by invitation only based on peer nominations and comprehensive editorial reviews.

These recent professional honors speak to the maturity and leadership of Mr. Farrar and Mr. Ball, who founded Farrar & Ball in 2005 and have distinguished themselves as leaders of a growing and successful law firm. In 2014, they created a partnership with respected Florida attorneys Bruce Kaster and Skip Lynch to form Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball focusing on tire tread defect litigation. The two attorneys have earned substantial verdicts and settlements during the past year in cases filed against major automobile and tire manufacturers.

The Farrar & Ball trial team earned one of the largest verdicts in the nation against Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. related to a deadly rollover crash involving an SUV that was carrying six passengers. The verdict ranked among the largest in the U.S. by VerdictSearch in 2010 has since been upheld on appeal.

Farrar & Ball also has prevailed against numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Michelin North America Inc., Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Sumitomo, Hankook Tire, Honda Motors, Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire and numerous other corporate defendants.

Farrar & Ball, LLP, is dedicated to helping those injured due to corporate neglect. The firm has developed extensive knowledge of tire and vehicle failures, and also represents clients in pharmaceutical tort litigation, product liability claims, personal injury cases and business disputes. To learn more, visit the firm’s website at http://thetirelawyers.com//.

Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball successfully concluded litigation with Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. The firm represented Maria and Jesus Rodriguez, age 11, in a tire failure incident wherein Maria was seriously injured and Jesus was rendered a paraplegic. The incident occurred and the case was filed in Harris County, Texas.

As a result of the catastrophic tire failure, Maria and Jesus were forever affected. Due to his paralysis, Jesus’s future medical needs were estimated by experts in excess of $8 million.

During the pendency of the case, Farrar & Ball successfully compelled the production of tens of thousands of pages of internal Cooper Tire documents. With the benefit of these documents, Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball were able to prove the tire was defectively manufactured and designed. However, at the insistence of Cooper Tire the information produced during the pendency of the case has been forever sealed by the District Court due to Cooper’s claim of confidentiality. Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball maintain the documents represent nothing presently confidential of any concern to Cooper Tire. Rather, the reason for Cooper’s insistence of confidentiality concerns the fact all information is simply “dirty laundry,” which could injure Cooper in future litigation.

Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball, LLP is dedicated to helping those injured due to corporate neglect. Our firm has developed specialized knowledge of tire and vehicle failures and each respective industry. If you have a case involving injury as the result of a tire or vehicle failure, please call us immediately. We aggressively work every case as though it were our only case. You too will receive specialized attention.

The case concluded two months before trial was to begin. At the urging of Cooper Tire, Plaintiffs are unable to disclose the terms.

Kyle Farrar and Wes Ball, founding partners of Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball, once again have earned a spot on the annual Texas Rising Stars list.

This marks the third consecutive year that all three have been profiled in the annual Texas Rising Stars magazine. To earn the distinction, researchers with Thomas Reuters’ Legal division solicit nominations from attorneys across the state. The final list of honorees appears in the April 2012 editions of Texas Monthly and Texas Rising Stars magazine.

Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball founding partners Kyle Farrar and Wes Ball once again have been named to the Texas Rising Stars list, with 2011 marking the second consecutive year they have been highlighted among the state’s top litigators.

Both were nominated by fellow attorneys across the state, and the final selections are listed in the April 2011 editions of Texas Monthly and Texas Rising Stars magazine. These latest honors are further proof of the hard work and dedication Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball devotes to all its clients.

After a rollover crash in 2007 killed one passenger and severely injured the others, the accident victims sued in Iowa state court. As part of their case, the plaintiffs’ attorneys obtained key documents showing that Cooper was aware of dangerous defects in several of its tire lines. Although the parties had agreed to a protective order, these documents were then used as evidence during the trial, and several witnesses testified about them.

In March 2010, a jury found Cooper fully at fault for the crash. The next month, however, Cooper filed a “motion to maintain protective order,” which, if granted, would have required the sealing not only of the trial exhibits, but also portions of the trial transcript.

Public Justice moved to intervene on behalf of the Center for Auto Safety in order to oppose Cooper’s motion. In January 2012, the court denied Cooper’s motion as to the trial transcript, but granted it as to the documents that had been produced pursuant to the protective order on grounds that they are trade secrets.

Staff Attorney Leslie Bailey was lead counsel. Co-counsel were Stuart Ollanik of Boulder, Colo., and Emily Anderson of Riccolo & Semelroth, P.C. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Tire companies rarely have to answer in court for the harm caused by their defective products. Few law firms have taken manufacturers to trial in the last three years.

Only a handful of law firms focus on tire litigation against all manufacturers. Kaster Lynch Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball, LLP is an elite firm in this area.

Over the past few years, we’ve obtained significant verdicts and settlements in tire-related litigation across the country. Our success includes:

2012: Settlement reached after first day of trial
Defendant: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
2010: Record setting verdict
Defendant: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

We know tires. We know how to win. To discuss your tire case or product liability claim, contact us at 800-311-1747.