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Bradshaw v. Bell Helicopter

Favorable Verdict Upheld On Appeal

15 Passenger VanIn July 1975, two Corpus Christi businessmen were severely injured in the crash of a chartered Bell 47 helicopter. Bill Edwards and David Perry represented the men in their claim for damages against Bell Helicopter. During pretrial preparation, Edwards and Perry learned that the helicopter had crashed due to a defective design in its tail rotor system which caused the rotor to fail. Moreover, Bell Helicopter had been aware of numerous previous crashes caused by the same problem, involving multiple deaths and injuries. In spite of the fact that the company had designed a new and improved tail rotor system, Bell refused to issue a recall for the defective rotors that were in use.

On April 24, 1978, after three weeks of trial, a Nueces County jury rendered a verdict for the plaintiffs, finding Bell at fault for its refusal to recall the tail rotor system. Within a few weeks of the verdict, Bell issued a mandatory recall of all defective tail rotor systems, thus preventing future crashes. Although Bell appealed the case, the jury verdict was affirmed by Texas appellate courts.

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