A Texas district court jury has awarded a take-nothing verdict in favor of Dallas-based trucking company FFE Transportation Services Inc. after rejecting a $3.5 million lawsuit filed by the City of Saint Jo following an automobile accident that took place nearly four years ago.
Jurors found that FFE Transportation was not at fault for a May 4, 2010, accident between a company rig and a police car driven by former Saint Jo police officer Billy Reynolds. The northern Texas city claimed the truck driver failed to yield to an emergency vehicle, among other alleged infractions. Jurors delivered their verdict in favor of the trucking company on Jan. 14 in Judge Jack McGaughey’s 97th District Court in Montague County.
Trial lawyer Bill Chamblee, managing partner of Dallas’ Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C., and fellow Chamblee Ryan attorney H. Peyton Inge IV successfully defended FFE Transportation during the six-day trial. The jury deliberated for only five minutes before reaching its verdict.
“This decision is important because it demonstrates that drivers of municipal emergency vehicles must use a measure of care when they’re on public roadways at all times, even when they’re responding to calls,” says Mr. Chamblee. “Instead of settling the lawsuit, our client fought for justice, and that decision paid off big for them.”
Mr. Chamblee handles general litigation matters, providing clients with a broad range of expertise in medical malpractice defense, transportation cases, complex business litigation, and employment law matters. He has been named to the Texas Super Lawyers list of the state’s top attorneys each year since 2005, and he has earned an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer-review rating available. In addition, his equine law practice has been featured in the pages of D CEO magazine.
Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C. is a Dallas-based trial firm representing insurance companies, medical professionals, transportation providers, and health care institutions. Since 1998, the firm has relied on superior tactics and proven trial experience to prevail in numerous complex and significant cases.