Lance Cooper, the tiral attorney who has built a reputation for taking on large corporations, will be the featured speaker at the Wisconsin Association for Justice Winter Seminar in early December.
Cooper, best known for his work on the GM case which led to the recall of millions of defective cars, is no stranger to fighting large corporations. In the GM case, Cooper was able to put together a string of evidence that showed the company’s role in continuing to use a defective ignition switch that was responsible countless accidents.
If the ignition switched moved it was possible the driver would lose control of the car making it impossible to steer and the airbags would not deploy in a crash. For the last several months the car maker has been hammered in the media and on Capitol Hill for what looks like a cover up of the problem. According to recent news reports, it’s estimated there could still be another one million GM cars on the road that still have not been fixed in spite of a massive recall.
In the 80’s, Cooper had first challenged the Ford motor company over its Bronco II. The vehicle had a woeful safety record particularly in rollover accidents. The government called the Ford the most deadly SUV on the road. According to federal statistics, 1 in 500 Bronco II’s had rolled over and killed at least one person in the car.
Cooper’s presentation will be on the challenges of holding large scale corporations accountable and lessons learned from the GM case. In addition to GM and Ford, Cooper has also taken Honda, Toyota, KIA, and Continental General Tire to court.
If you would like to learn more about Cooper's philosophy on the role of the civil justice system, watch a recent interview.
Follow this link to an extended background story on the GM case.
The WAJ winter seminar will be held on December 5th and 6th at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.
Registration information is available online.