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Who Says Manufacturers Can’t Win in Small Towns?

Reese and Smith, et al. v. Hughes Helicopters, Washington state

The plaintiff in this case was a 41-year-old forestry industry executive who became a paraplegic when the helicopter in which he was riding crashed. The plaintiff, who earned a six-figure income before the accident, was unable to work afterward. He sued the helicopter operator, who promptly settled, and manufacturer Hughes Helicopters, which refused to pay. The case was tried in state court in the small Washington state logging town where the plaintiff lived, but Rose Walker attorney Martin Rose obtained a defense verdict for Hughes. The sole cause of accident was found to be pilot error.