Federal Jury Awards $22.9 Million in U.S. Army Blackhawk Helicopter Crash, Announces Spohrer, Wilner, Maxwell & Matthews

Jun 09, 2000, 01:00 ET from Spohrer, Wilner, Maxwell & Matthews

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A federal jury has awarded a
 $22.9 million verdict to the families of crew members and survivors of a U.S.
 Army helicopter that crashed in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1993.  The 10-member
 jury returned the unanimous verdict late this afternoon after five days of
 deliberation and three weeks of trial testimony.
     "It's a tremendous verdict after a huge uphill fight for justice," said
 Floyd Matthews, a partner with the law firm of Spohrer, Wilner, Maxwell &
 Matthews who tried the case on behalf of the families and survivors.
     The Jury found the pilots were not at fault when the U.S. Army UH-60
 Blackhawk helicopter crashed on February 23, 1993.  The helicopter was on a
 VIP flight when it entered into an uncontrollable right turn caused by a
 design defect.  The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter was designed and manufactured
 by Sikorsky Aircraft, a division of United Technologies Corporation
 (NYSE:   UTX).
     Jacksonville attorneys Robert F. Spohrer, Floyd Matthews and Sean
 Cronin (a Naval Reserve P-3 pilot) tried the case with Thomas Harlan, Jr., a
 partner in the Norfolk firm of Harlan & Flora.  The plaintiffs included crash
 survivors Maj. Eric Johnson and co-pilot Chris Mancini and the families of
 Maj. General Jarrett Robertson, (Deputy Commanding General of V Corps.) Col.
 William Densberger, Col. Robert Kelly, Sgt. Gary Rhodes, Jr. Rhodes, a
 resident of Orange Park, Florida, was serving as a crew chief assigned to the
 squadron.  He received a Meritorious Service Award posthumously.
     Spohrer, Wilner, Maxwell & Matthews, is a Jacksonville law firm
 specializing in aviation law, products liability cases and complex litigation.
 It is most notable for winning a landmark jury verdict against a tobacco
 company, in the 1995 case of Grady Carter v. Brown and Williamson Tobacco,
 presently before the Florida Supreme Court.
 
 

SOURCE Spohrer, Wilner, Maxwell & Matthews
    BRIDGEPORT, Conn., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A federal jury has awarded a
 $22.9 million verdict to the families of crew members and survivors of a U.S.
 Army helicopter that crashed in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1993.  The 10-member
 jury returned the unanimous verdict late this afternoon after five days of
 deliberation and three weeks of trial testimony.
     "It's a tremendous verdict after a huge uphill fight for justice," said
 Floyd Matthews, a partner with the law firm of Spohrer, Wilner, Maxwell &
 Matthews who tried the case on behalf of the families and survivors.
     The Jury found the pilots were not at fault when the U.S. Army UH-60
 Blackhawk helicopter crashed on February 23, 1993.  The helicopter was on a
 VIP flight when it entered into an uncontrollable right turn caused by a
 design defect.  The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter was designed and manufactured
 by Sikorsky Aircraft, a division of United Technologies Corporation
 (NYSE:   UTX).
     Jacksonville attorneys Robert F. Spohrer, Floyd Matthews and Sean
 Cronin (a Naval Reserve P-3 pilot) tried the case with Thomas Harlan, Jr., a
 partner in the Norfolk firm of Harlan & Flora.  The plaintiffs included crash
 survivors Maj. Eric Johnson and co-pilot Chris Mancini and the families of
 Maj. General Jarrett Robertson, (Deputy Commanding General of V Corps.) Col.
 William Densberger, Col. Robert Kelly, Sgt. Gary Rhodes, Jr. Rhodes, a
 resident of Orange Park, Florida, was serving as a crew chief assigned to the
 squadron.  He received a Meritorious Service Award posthumously.
     Spohrer, Wilner, Maxwell & Matthews, is a Jacksonville law firm
 specializing in aviation law, products liability cases and complex litigation.
 It is most notable for winning a landmark jury verdict against a tobacco
 company, in the 1995 case of Grady Carter v. Brown and Williamson Tobacco,
 presently before the Florida Supreme Court.
 
 SOURCE  Spohrer, Wilner, Maxwell & Matthews

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