Craig McClellan Discusses Porsche Defect Verdict on Great Trials Podcast
Founding Partner Craig R. McClellan recently appeared on Episode 046 of the Great Trials Podcast to discuss his work on a high-profile case where he and The McClellan law firm successfully held an auto manufacturer liable for making a vehicle “too dangerous for the average consumer without warnings and instructions.”
The case – Garrison v. Files, Porsche-Audi, a Division of Volkswagen of America, Inc., Porsche, Norden Autohaus Limited – concerned the tragic death of an Air Force Veteran who was killed when a coworker with whom he was driving failed to maintain control of her Porsche Turbo 930.
As Craig tells Hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey, the Porsche was not only designed to operate more like a race car than a standard passenger vehicle, it also did not respond well to braking or deceleration during turns – a laceration defect caused the vehicle’s brake pedal to clamp down on the accelerator during the crash.
The Great Trials Podcast touches on key points of the case, as well as Craig’s opening statement, final argument, and the $2.5 million verdict returned by a San Diego jury against Porsche over its failures to post warnings about the 930’s risk of foreseeable hazards, and its negligence in addressing defective brakes and handling.