$900K Jury Verdict - Bryant v. Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company

Case No. USDC, Eastern District, Pine Bluff Division PB-C-83-165
This was an admiralty case involving the Jones Act (maritime law covering contracts, torts, injuries or offenses that take place on navigable waters). This on-the-job injury resulted in a jury verdict of $900,000.

$4M Shelton, et al. v. Little John Trucks, Inc.

Case No. LR-C-97-0523
An 18-wheeler was speeding through a construction zone, and the big truck ran into the rear of a stopped vehicle. That vehicle then collided into two other vehicles, resulting in a multiple-vehicle crash with multiple injuries, and multiple cases. Mr. Shelton was one of those injured victims and one of those cases. Duncan Firm was able to settle Mr. Shelton’s case without going to trial.

Multi-Million Dollar Confidential Settlement - Barnett, et al. v. General Motors

Case No.’s 95-2215-TU, 95-2133-TU, and 96-2284-TU
At the time of this case, it was the largest per-capita settlement for property damage in the history of GM. A class action suit was filed on behalf of over 600 clients in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee for consumer fraud. Tornado-damaged vehicles had been shipped to dealers as new, and consumers purchased the vehicles with the belief that they were. 

Confidential Settlement - Tappin v. Union Pacific, Harmon Industries, GE Transportation Systems Global Signaling

Case No.: 03CV233377
Wanda Tappin was on her way to work one morning, and found herself stopped at a railroad crossing. When the gates lifted for traffic to go through Ms. Tappin pulled forward onto the tracks when the gate suddenly fell on her car immediately followed by a train colliding with her vehicle. It was determined that the crossing and signal equipment had been improperly maintained, which led to the collision and Ms. Tappin’s unfortunate death.

Confidential Settlement - Brunst v. Alltel

Case No. 02-CV-132750
Some Arkansans fell victim to a misleading promotion of a cellular calling plan offered by Alltel with unlimited minutes in a certain calling area. The advertising was deemed deceptive leading to a class action law suit against Alltel in which Mr. Duncan represented those Arkansans who were misled. In the end, a settlement was reached.

Confidential Settlement - Grayson, Carter, et, al. v. DaimlerChrysler Corp., Cook County, Illinois

Confidential Settlement - Campbell, et. al, v. DaimlerChrysler Corp., Cook County, Illinois -- Case No. 2003 L 008415
Jerome Greene and the voices of triumph were on their way home from a weekend of performing in Chicago. They were a gospel singing group based out of Memphis, TN. They were traveling in a 15 passenger 2001 Dodge Ram Van. The van rolled and two passengers were killed, and one seriously injured. These vans are defective and unreasonably dangerous. A confidential settlement was reached with Chrysler on behalf of all the clients.

Confidential Settlement - Mull v. Graco Children's Products, Inc.

U.S. District for the Western District of Tennessee, W. Div., Case No. 2:06-cv-2157
A dangerous 5 point restraint system design in a Graco high chair led to the strangulation and death of an 18-month-old child. The design of the system was such that consumers could easily interchange critical parts that could cause the restraint to fail. Duncan Firm brought a case against the manufacturer and won a financial settlement on behalf of the family.

Confidential Settlement - Wade v. General Motors Corporation

U.S. District for the Eastern District of Arkansas, W. Div., Case No. 4-06-CV-0168 JLH
Juliana Wade was seriously injured when her 1997 Jimmy sport utility vehicle was involved in a single vehicle rollover. She was ejected from the vehicle, suffering blunt force trauma to the head and other permanent bodily injuries. Duncan Firm proved the vehicle had multiple safety shortcomings including defective restraint design, and poor driving stability issues making it prone to a rollover.

Confidential Settlement - Markland v. General Motors Corporation

U.S. District for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Case No.: 3:05-CV-64
While driving her 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier, Miss Markland was struck by another driver that had crossed the center line. Upon impact the airbags did not deploy properly and the passenger door flew open, causing the frame of the vehicle to bend upward, creating slack in the seat belt worn by Miss Markland. As a result, she suffered serious injuries. The Chevy Cavalier with its known roof crush issues makes for a dangerous environment. Studies show when the roof, doors, windows, seatbelts, and latches do what they should be designed to do, and keep passengers in the vehicle the injuries are not nearly as severe. Duncan Firm successfully argued that had the vehicle been crashworthy, and the driver side door had remained latched as it should have the injuries would have been less severe.

Confidential Settlement - Honeycutt v. CSX Transportation, Inc. U.S. District for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Ashland Div.

Case No. 6:06-CV-74-DCR
An oncoming train killed James Honeycutt as he was walking to the home of his daughter. Her house was built on CSX’s right-of-way and the only way to get to it was to actually cross the tracks. Duncan Firm brought a wrongful death suit against CSX for failing to take into account the close proximity of houses to its tracks and therefore not issuing a standing order for the trains to slow down.