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Ep 007: Andy Scherffius & Jeff Harris | Sasser V. Ford Motor Co. | $47 Million Verdict

This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Andy Scherffius, Of Counsel Attorney for Conley Griggs Partin LLP and Jeff Harris of Harris Lowry and Manton, LLP.

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Case Details:

The case of Sasser vs. Ford Motor Company was tried to a successful jury verdict on March 4, 2004 in the Circuit Court of Fulton County, Georgia.

In this case, Kelsey Sasser, who, at the time of trial, was 9 years of age, was awarded an actual damage judgment against Ford Motor Company in the amount of $33,000,000.00, and, during the punitive damage phase of the case, was awarded punitive damages of almost $14,000,000.00. This case involved a 2000 Lincoln LS vehicle, which had a defective rear seat which collapsed during the impact of an accident subjecting Kelsey Sasser to a permanent injury to her thoracic spine, which resulted in paraplegia. Ford Motor Company, represented by Don Dawson, decided to take this case to trial. As a result, the jury, in this case, returned an actual damage award, which was the highest actual damage award, to-date, for an injury case in Georgia.

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Guest Bios

Andy Scherffius

Andy Scherffius currently serves as Of Counsel Attorney for Conley Griggs Partin LLP. He enjoys a national reputation for his aviation accident practice. His representation on behalf of plaintiffs in these matters includes both commercial and private aircraft disasters. Mr. Scherffius has handled approximately fifty aviation cases in the past twenty years. Included among the many cases he has handled are the following:

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Jeff Harris

One of the nation’s top trial attorneys, Jeff Harris is an award-winning litigator who handles high-profile, complex cases across a wide variety of practice areas. He excels at securing justice for clients who have been seriously injured or killed, holding responsible parties accountable for their actions as well as their negligence.

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Free Resources:

Stages Of A Jury Trial - Part 1

Stages Of A Jury Trial - Part 2