Products Liability Case Argued in U.S. Supreme Court
On November 3, 2010, Martin presented oral argument to the United States Supreme Court in Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc., No. 08-1314. Martin represents the family of a woman who died in a car accident when she jackknifed over a lap-only seatbelt installed in the aisle seat of a 1993 Mazda mini-van. The issue before the Supreme Court is whether the plaintiffs’ state common-law claim alleging that Mazda should have installed a combination lap/shoulder belt is preempted by a 1989 federal motor vehicle safety regulation permitting but not requiring lap/shoulder belts for aisle seating positions.