Rose Walker Wins Take-Nothing Verdict for Indiana Aviation Repair Business

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Defense verdict marks third trial win of 2018 for Dallas litigation boutique

ALBION, Indiana – Dallas-based trial law firm Rose Walker LLP has secured a take-nothing defense verdict for an Indiana aviation repair business that was sued for $1.2 million in damages.

Jurors in Noble County Circuit Court determined that Airframe Components was not responsible for damage to the horizontal stabilizer of a Beechcraft King Air 200 plane as claimed by a medical transport company. The damage was discovered four years after Airframe Components had repaired hail damage to the plane.

Rose Walker trial lawyer Ben West presented evidence during the four-day trial showing that the plane’s tail assembly had passed repeated inspections following repairs Airframe Components had performed in 2010 at the previous owner’s request.

UK-based IAS Medical LTD purchased the plane in 2012 and filed the lawsuit in 2016 after an inspection prompted by a service bulletin found problems with tail section rivets. IAS Medical had sought $1.2 million in compensatory and punitive damages at trial.

“Professional reputation is priceless for any business, especially in the aviation industry where there is no room for error,” Mr. West said. “It’s gratifying to help a hard-working company and dedicated employer maintain its well-deserved professional reputation.”

Based in Kendallville, Indiana, Airframe Components is a globally respected, FAA/EASA-approved Certified Repair Station. This was the first lawsuit filed against the family-owned business in its more than 40-year history.

The case is IAS Medical LTD v Williams Airmotive Inc. et al, in Noble Circuit Court, Cause No. 57C01-1604-PL-008. Mr. West was assisted in trial by local counsel James Posey of Beers Mallers Backs & Salin LLP.

The April 12 verdict marks Rose Walker’s third trial win of 2018, all of which involved family owned aviation industry businesses, said firm managing partner Bryan Rose.

“Our trial team handles every case with the assumption that we’re going to trial,” Mr. Rose said. “By fully understanding the complexities of our clients’ business, we’re able to be effective problem-solvers and position our cases for better results in trial or at the settlement table.”

Rose Walker LLP is a national trial and business law firm, focusing on complex civil litigation and corporate legal matters. With offices in Texas and Colorado, the firm represents businesses and individuals, and its many major courtroom victories have helped Rose Walker earn a national reputation for excellence.