Verdicts & Settlements :: 1990 - 1999
1990 Datskow vs. Teledyne
In this case tried before a jury in Rochester New York, an award of one hundred seven million dollars ($107,000,000) was given for the deaths of a family of four who burned alive when their single engine airplane crashed in Winston Salem North Carolina. The Wolk Law Firm proved that Teledyne, knowing that the engine it supplied for the victims’ aircraft was dangerously defective, continued to urge the pilot to fly the airplane. The engine caught fire just before landing and the airplane crashed killing all aboard.
1991 Bodnar vs. The Boeing Company
This claim arose from the crash of a Boeing 737 at Colorado Springs Colorado when the rudder suddenly went hard over while the aircraft maneuvered for a landing at the Colorado Springs Airport. Boeing denied that such a failure could even occur and The Wolk Law Firm not only established that it could and did but discovered through hard fought litigation that Boeing knew about it, knew the means to fix it, had done nothing to correct the problem and continued to build Boeing 737’s with the same defect. It was also established that Boeing deliberately misled both the FAA and the NTSB about the cause of this accident continually denying that such a failure mode could occur.
The Wolk Law Firm purchased a rudder control unit and tested it to failure proving that both Boeing, the designer of the rudder control system and Parker Hannifin, its manufacturer were not truthful about the failure modes of the system. The National Transportation Safety Board adopted The Wolk Law Firm’s version of the accident cause. Boeing settled as did Parker Hannifin. The defendants had claimed that a sudden windstorm called a rotor rolled the aircraft over and caused the accident. Arthur Alan Wolk engaged the services of the German scientist who coined the term “rotor” who made short work of the defendants’ fictional account of the cause of the accident. Arthur Alan Wolk again while the smoke was still rising from the crash correctly identified its cause on CNN’s Larry King Live.
1994 Hamley vs. The Boeing Company
This case arose due to the death of a flight attendant aboard USAIR Flight 427, a Boeing 737 that crashed outside Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The cause of the crash was yet another rudder hard over from the very same cause as resulted in the crash of United Flight 585 in Colorado Springs just three years before. All the while The Wolk Law Firm kept telling the NTSB that another crash would happen if the Boeing 737 was not fixed and after the Boeing Company countered that it and not The Wolk Law Firm knew the B-737 best, this crash occurred killing another 133 people. The Wolk Law Firm established once again that it was the rudder actuator that failed in precisely the same way as it had in Colorado and this time both the FAA and the NTSB required that changes be made in the rudder control of the Boeing 737. Video of the failure modes that Boeing and Parker Hannifin denied could happen were prepared by The Wolk Law Firm and provided to the NTSB. The case was settled. Arthur Alan Wolk correctly identified the cause of this crash on various media within hours after the crash.
1994 Caption Confidential
This settlement of three million two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($3,250,000) was paid for the death of a pilot who died when his aircraft crashed due to engine failure while he was on a narcotics eradication mission.
1995 Caption Confidential
A four million dollar ($4,000,000) settlement was obtained for the loss of a young wife and infant child in the crash of an airliner. The Wolk Law Firm established the manufacturer of the aircraft had improperly obtained certification for flight into known icing conditions and that others had experienced loss of control under similar conditions.
1997 Comair Flight 3272
The Wolk Law Firm represented the family of a young Air Force airman who sent his wife and infant child to see her parents as a Christmas present. An Embraer 120, operated by Comair, crashed in icing conditions after the crew lost control. All aboard were killed. The extremely favorable settlement resulted when Arthur Wolk, on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, established that the Embraer 120 was unstable in icing conditions, had suffered loss of control incidents before the crash, and was improperly designed for flight into icing conditions.