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THIRD DISTRICT APPELLATE COURT, IN A UNANIMOUS DECISION, AFFIRMS $8.5 MILLION DOLLAR JURY VERDICT RENDERED ON BEHALF OF A LASALLE COUNTY FAMILY REPRESENTED BY JOHN L. CANTLIN AND TIMOTHY B. CANTLIN OF THE CANTLIN LAW FIRM.
Attorney Michael T. Reagan of the Law Offices of Michael T. Reagan joined with The Cantlin Law Firm in presenting the case before The Third District Appellate Court.
The case initially arose from an April 1, 2004, multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 55 near Route 30. Cantlin’s client was stopped in traffic on Interstate 55 near Route 30 when the driver of a tractor trailer lost control of her semi and rear-ended multiple vehicles. The collision resulted in the death of Cantlin’s client, who is survived by his wife and son.
The lawsuit was filed against the truck driver and the motor carrier, Toad L. Dragonfly. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, one of the world’s largest freight brokers and third-party logistics companies, was also sued. C.H. Robinson contested liability for the accident.
In a consolidated trial in which three Plaintiffs presented three separate causes of action arising from the same accident, The Cantlin Law Firm was joined by the Healy Law Firm and the Shannon Law Group. On March 20, 2009, at the conclusion of a three-week jury trial in Will County, the jury found C.H. Robinson Worldwide liable and rendered verdicts totaling $23.7 million dollars for all three plaintiffs. Martin Healy Jr, and Jack Cannon of the Healy Law Firm obtained a verdict of $7.25 million for the death of their client, which was later reduced by the Trial Court to $7 million. Joseph Shannon of the Shannon Law Group obtained a verdict of $7.77 million for the injuries suffered by his client. John L. Cantlin and Timothy B. Cantlin of The Cantlin Law Firm obtained a verdict of $8.75 million for the death of their client, which was later reduced to $8.5 million by the Trial Court.
Cantlin Law Office Successfully Represents Plaintiff in Trial that Resulted in $23.7 Million Jury Verdict against C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. in Will County over Fatal 2004 Trucking Accident.
Attorneys John L. Cantlin and Timothy B. Cantlin of The Cantlin Law Firm (formerly John L. Cantlin and Associates) obtained a $8.75 million verdict on behalf of Annette Sanders and Adam Sanders for the death of Thomas Sanders in a fatal Trucking Accident that took place on Interstate 55 near the Plainfield exit. The three week jury trial was heard before the Honorable James E. Garrison who entered judgment on the verdict in Will County Illinois. In a consolidated trial, The Cantlin Law Firm was joined by the Healy Law Firm and the Shannon Law Group out of Chicago to obtain what is believed to be the largest injury verdict ever in Will County. Martin Healy Jr. and Jack Cannon of the Healy Law Firm represented the Estate of Joseph Sperl and obtained a verdict of $7.25 Million for the death of Joseph Sperl. Joseph Shannon of The Shannon Law Group represented William Taluc and obtained a verdict of $7.77 Million for the injuries suffered by Mr. Taluc.
On April 1, 2004, Thomas Sanders, Joseph Sperl, and William Taluc were stopped in traffic on Interstate 55 near Route 30 when DeAnn Henry, the driver of a tractor trailer, lost control of her truck and rear-ended multiple vehicles. The collision caused the deaths of Thomas Sanders and Joseph Sperl and serious injuries to William Taluc.
The plaintiffs pursued a lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle and her motor carrier, Toad L. Dragonfly, both of whom admitted liability, but had limited coverage. Plaintiff also sued C.H. Robinson, the freight broker who dispatched the driver. C.H. Robinson, one of the world’s largest freight brokers and third-party logistics companies contested liability for the accident claiming that Henry was an independent contractor. The jury found liability against C.H. Robinson Worldwide.
The outcome in this case is the recognition by a Will County jury that Annette and Adam have suffered a tremendous loss and that C.H. Robinson is responsible for that loss. The jury did the right thing,” said John L. Cantlin. “While the money does not bring Tom back, I hope companies understand that if you don’t follow the rules you will be held liable.”