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.
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of three million two hundred and fifty thousand dollars 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.
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A four million ($4,000,000)
dollar 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.
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This twelve million five
hundred thousand dollar ($12,500,000) settlement arose from the crash of an airliner due to control problems. It was paid
to a wife and her two small children for the death of a business executive. The risk of trial was averted that would have
exposed the manufacturer and the airline of deliberately violating the Federal Aviation regulations in the design, manufacture
and maintenance of the aircraft.
Cassoutt vs. Cessna Aircraft Company
This case is the largest aviation verdict of all time. A
Pensacola Florida jury awarded four hundred and eighty million dollars ($480,000,000) against Cessna Aircraft Company for
another seat slip that caused two passengers to be severely burned and another to be crippled for life. The Wolk Law Firm
proved that Cessna, in spite of being punished twenty years before in the Harper case continued to allow unsafe pilots’
seats to be used in its aircraft and did nothing to retrofit those aircraft with features to prevent the seat slip before
the occurrence of this accident years later. The verdict was some eighty million compensatory and four hundred million in
This was one of many cases The Wolk Law Firm handled arising from the tragic sabotage
of Egyptair Flight 990 by its co-pilot. In what would be one of the earlier acts of terrorism preceding 9/11, and it was established
by Arthur Wolk as one of the lead litigators on the plaintiffs’ steering committee that there was no mechanical cause
that could explain the sudden gyrations of the Boeing 767 that preceded its break-up and crash into the Atlantic Ocean. It
was also established that the co-pilot had a history of mental instability that was ignored by Egyptian authorities before
the crash. In this instance The Wolk Law Firm represented the families of five persons who died in the crash. In one of the
only cases tried from that accident, The Wolk Law Firm recovered more than two million dollars in a bench trial in a Federal
Court in Los Angeles.
Taylor vs. Teledyne
This accident occurring near the Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta
arose from defects in engines overhauled by Teledyne. The crew reported engine trouble and was returning to the airport when
the aircraft crashed and burned killing the two pilots. The very favorable settlement occurred after The Wolk Law Firm was
brutally attacked by defense counsel and the defendant. Notwithstanding the most horrific abuse ever visited upon a lawyer,
Arthur Alan Wolk persisted and was successful in resolving the case to the great benefit of his clients. The Wolk
Law Firm will never be intimidated.
This seventeen million two hundred thousand dollar ($17,200,000) settlement
arose out of the crash of an executive jet. The crash was caused by a maintenance company’s failure to properly reassemble
the horizontal stabilizer components following an inspection. The victim was a well known entrepreneur who had invented a
number of innovative devices. He was survived by a wife and three adult children.
2003 Blanton vs. Precision
This six million dollar
($6,000,000) verdict arose from the crash of a single engine Cessna airplane that suffered engine failure shortly after takeoff
due to a defective carburetor. The Wolk Law Firm proved that Precision, the manufacturer had a long history of carburetor
caused engine failures and failed to do anything to fix the myriad of problems with their carburetors. The plaintiff was the
wife of the victim who died instantly in the crash.
This settlement arose from the crash of an airliner that had been overloaded.
The evidence established that the weights being used to calculate passengers’ weights were grossly understated. The
risk for a trial was that airlines would be exposed for flying virtually every flight with illegally overloaded aircraft.
The settlement amount was five million dollars and was for the wife and adult child of a businessman who died in the crash.
2004 Kanter vs. Flying Tigers
persons lost their lives in the crash of a Piper Saratoga when the aircraft disintegrated in flight due in part to spatial
disorientation of the pilot from the loss of the sources that supply power to the aircraft’s instruments. The system
is designed to supply vacuum to drive gyroscopic instruments but when the primary pump failed, the secondary system that’s
supposed to take over failed as well due to deteriorated gaskets and a defective valve to maintain vacuum. The Wolk Law Firm
also established that the way the secondary system was designed, use of it further added to the disorientation of the pilot
flying in bad weather and contributed to the loss of situational awareness. One of the defendants claimed it did no business
in Pennsylvania and after extensive discovery, The Wolk Law Firm established that the defendant had filed false documents
and affidavits with the court. The case was later settled.
This case involved the crash of an airliner that was overloaded and out
of its center of gravity limits. Control was lost on takeoff and the crash killed all aboard including a businessman who was
survived by his wife and two teenage children. The settlement was eight million five hundred thousand ($8,500,000) dollars.
2004 Walker vs. Segal
verdict established liability on the pilot of an aircraft who had made a nuisance of himself on the radio, so distracting
an air traffic controller that she failed to give appropriate guidance to an aircraft that ultimately collided with another
killing the pilot. The victim who was survived by a wife was awarded two million one hundred thousand ($2,100,000) dollars
by the jury.