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The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson Won Largest Product Defect Verdict of 2018

$242M decision against Toyota was largest in Texas, VerdictSearch reports
DALLAS – The $242 million jury verdict against Toyota won by The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson last year has been recognized as the largest product defect verdict in Texas and the third-largest nationwide for 2018.

This marks the fourth time in the last six years that a jury verdict secured by the Dallas-based law firm has ranked not only among the state’s largest but also the Top 100 in the nation. The rankings are based on thorough research by VerdictSearch, owned by publisher ALM Media.

In the Toyota case, the legal team led by firm founder Frank L. Branson represented a Dallas family whose two young children suffered serious head injuries in a rear-end collision. The lawyers mounted an exhaustive investigation of the safety design of the Lexus ES 300. Jurors agreed that the seatback and safety belt design increased risk for back-seat passengers and also found that Toyota was aware of the design flaws and failed to warn consumers. The jury’s $242 million verdict included $144 million in punitive damages to punish Toyota.

“Our goal in any case we take is to achieve justice for our clients,” said Mr. Branson. “That begins and ends with hard work and a commitment to do everything it takes to make sure those who are negligent face responsibility for their actions.”

The verdict builds on Mr. Branson’s reputation for successfully trying complicated cases involving defective vehicles and automotive products, as well as catastrophic injury claims related to negligent oilfield operations, pipelines, and crashes involving trucks, buses and airplanes. The firm’s work has produced commitments from companies to improve the safety of their products and services. The firm’s top verdicts also include high-stakes business disputes involving oilfield royalties, contracts and business partnerships.

The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson represents clients in cases involving complex product liability, catastrophic injury, commercial air crashes, professional negligence, and business torts. To learn more about the firm visit