Defense Judgment Reversed in Bus Rollover Trial

January 18, 2017

The Court of Appeal has reversed a defense judgment in favor of a California bus dealership in a case involving multiple victims who were killed or seriously injured in a tour bus rollover.  Martin’s clients, the passengers and their heirs, sued the dealership for failing to order passenger seat belts for the bus.  After a jury trial resulting in a defense judgment, the Court of Appeal found that the trial court had erred by applying the law of Indiana, where the bus was manufactured.  The Court of Appeal remanded the matter for a new trial governed by California products liability law.