In the legal case of Camacho vs. JLG Industries, Inc., justice has prevailed after a complex and lengthy legal battle. The California Supreme Court recently denied JLG Industries' petition for review, along with their request to de-publish the Court of Appeal's opinion in the case, solidifying a favorable legal precedent for plaintiffs in personal injury cases.
In 2021, attorneys Emily Ruby and Brian Poulter represented their client in a month-long products liability case in Orange County. The case centered around a scissor lift manufactured by JLG Industries, Inc., with the allegation that their client had suffered catastrophic injuries due to a defective product. Notably, this case involved a legal challenge against not one, not two, but three law firms representing the defendant.
At the conclusion of the month-long trial, the presiding judge, Robert Moss, granted a directed verdict in favor of the defense just moments before closing arguments were set to begin. This decision effectively removed the case from the jury's consideration and dealt a significant setback to the plaintiff's attorneys, Emily Ruby and Brian Poulter.
Determined to continue the pursuit of justice, the legal team brought in Jeff Erlich to handle the appeal. After more than two years of diligent effort, the Court of Appeal overturned Judge Moss's ruling and certified the opinion for publication, marking a significant turning point in the case.
The defense, unwilling to accept defeat, appealed to the California Supreme Court, requesting a review of the case. However, their request was met with a denial, along with a rejection of their plea to de-publish the Court of Appeal's opinion. This outcome has established a positive legal precedent for plaintiffs in personal injury cases.
Relentless Advocacy for Camacho and his Family
The heart of this legal battle is the profound suffering of the Camacho family. Their loved one endured a severe traumatic brain injury and a devastating spinal cord injury, leaving him with permanent disabilities and in a bedridden state. The judge's initial decision, granting the directed verdict, had profound implications for their client's future.
Despite the emotional and physical toll the legal process has taken on the family, their resilience and determination have been unwavering. Our client, who has been fighting for his life, will now have the opportunity for a fair jury trial based on the merits of the case, rather than a decision made by the judge who has since retired to pursue a career as a private mediator.
Gearing Up For a New Trial
Emily Ruby and Brian Poulter's unwavering belief in the correctness of their legal stance has been vindicated. After more than two years, they are finally on the path to a second jury trial, scheduled for 2024. This story serves as a testament to the enduring pursuit of justice and the profound impact that legal battles can have on the lives of those seeking redress.