U.S. Supreme Court Issues Unanimous Decision Against Mazda
On February 23, 2011, Martin won a unanimous decision in the United States Supreme Court. The case is Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc., No. 08-1314. Martin represented the family of a woman who died in a car crash from injuries caused by a lap-only seatbelt installed in a Mazda minivan. The Supreme Court ruled that a state tort claim against Mazda for failure to install a lap/shoulder belt was not preempted by federal law. The majority opinion was written by Justice Breyer, with concurring opinions by Justices Sotomayor and Thomas. Martin briefed the case and argued it in the Supreme Court on November 3, 2010.