Craig Peters Selected to Daily Journal Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California for 2017

As published in Daily Journal, Attorney Craig Peters was selected to the publication's Top Plaintiff Lawyers list in California recognizing his work in the case Doe vs. Mazda Motor of America Inc., in which he obtained a $14.9 million jury verdict last year. If affirmed on appeal, the case could change the automotive industry by improving standards for drivers in America.

"The auto industry has strongly resisted a seatback safety standard that effectively protected passengers," Peters said. "If the appellate court affirms, every automotive manufacturer will be on notice of this verdict and will risk being held liable for the inadequate strength of their seatbacks."

In another winning case in 2016, Craig obtained a $12.65 million settlement that involved a lineman being forced to climb an electrical pole to replace and install an electrical switch, rather than using lifting equipment. This incident had violated safety rules against climbing as the lineman's work belt came over the top of the pole, causing him to fall 60 feet to the ground, and suffer serious injuries.

"It was a challenge to show that the parent corporation directed and controlled the job, which could overcome the [Privette] doctrine," Craig added. Many lawyers said there would be no way to get around Privette, but we showed that the conflict between the owner's safety rules and his decision to keep power in some of the lines was sufficient to defeat the defense's summary judgement motion."