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Dommond E. Lonnie

Dommond E. Lonnie

Member

Expertise

  • Litigation
  • Asbestos & Toxic Tort
  • Automotive Product Liability Litigation
  • National Trial Team

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Dykema
California, U.S.A.

Profile

Dommond E. Lonnie is a seasoned trial attorney who provides aggressive and innovative legal representation and advice for his clients in product liability, class action, commercial and toxic tort litigation. Mr. Lonnie has represented numerous domestic and foreign businesses and has substantial product liability expertise in crashworthiness, airbags/restraints, fires and  suspensions/tires/rollovers, airbags/restraints, fires, brakes, and fuel systems cases. An experienced litigator and legal strategist, Mr. Lonnie implements litigation and investigation plans and manages all aspects of litigation and pre-suit claims to successful resolution. He has earned recognition in providing high level client service through timely and effective communication. Mr. Lonnie is a member of the Products, Class Action & Professional Liability practice group.

Management/Committees

  • Diversity & Inclusion – Executive Board Member

Significant Matters

  • Stroud v Kia Motors. Plaintiffs sought $87 million dollars in damages alleging wrongful death and paralysis of 6 year old boy following severe automobile crash involving a Kia Optima. Jury delivered defense verdict following 3 week trial in Los Angeles Superior Court.  Defense verdict - February 2020.
  • In re Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy Litigation, 9th en banc opinion reversing appellate court ruling that denied approval of class action settlement. Opinion filed June 2019.
  • Brands/Leyba v General Motors. Plaintiffs claimed automobile crash and their injuries were caused by ignition switch defect. Plaintiffs’ claims were part of class action lawsuit filed against General Motors. Summary judgment granted in favor of General Motors. Summary Judgment order issued October 2019.
  • Phillips v. Daimler Chrysler Corporation. Rollover roof crush case in San Bernardino County, involving a 36 year old advertising executive who was rendered quadriplegic during a rollover of her Jeep Grand Cherokee. Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for one hundred million dollars. Mr. Lonnie served as second chair counsel in this hard fought product liability trial, which included a full week of evidentiary hearings. The jury returned a defense verdict after a 2 1/2 month trial.
  • Vaea v. General Motors. Wrongful death case involving the rollover of a Pontiac APV minivan. The Vaea family claimed defects existed in a tire and axle/spindle, resulting in the rollover and partial ejection of the decedent. The defense established the axle/spindle and wheel were damaged as a result of the rollover, and that the decedent was not belted. The Jury returned a defense verdict.
  • Trotta & Bang v. General Motors. This case involved a claim of throttle and brake defects. The plaintiff claimed her Cadillac Deville accelerated out of control during a funeral procession. She also claimed a defective seat belt allowed her to be ejected from the vehicle. Dommond served as second chair trial counsel. The defendants obtained a non-suit judgment.
  • Templeton v. Kia. Rollover case at highway speed where plaintiff claimed traumatic brain injury. Favorable settlement reached on first day of trial.
  • Parra v. GM. Defective fuel tank placement and crashworthiness case where plaintiff suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 55% of his body (and left leg amputation) following a high speed rear impact into his 1991 Chevy Blazer. Favorable settlement.
  • Huq v. GM. Seatbelt design case where plaintiff alleged defect caused her chance fracture. Favorable settlement.
  • Morgan v. GM. Handling/stability, seatbelt, airbag, roof structure case where plaintiff claimed he was rendered a paraplegic after his 2014 Chevrolet Silverado left the highway and rolled over multiple times. Favorable settlement.
  • Jennings v. GM. Occupation classification system case where plaintiff claimed defects in a 2004 Chevy Silverado caused him to suffer severe traumatic brain damage following multiple crashes into freeway barriers. Favorable settlement.

Bar Admissions

California, 1989

Education

University of California, Los Angeles, J.D. University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.
Areas of Practice

Asbestos & Toxic Tort | Automotive Product Liability Litigation | Business & Commercial | Class Action Defense | Litigation | National Trial Team | Product Liability

Professional Career

Professional Associations

    American Bar Association
    Los Angeles County Bar Association
    California State Bar Association
    Defense Research Institute

Southern California Defense Counsel, Langston Bar Association

Articles

Additional Duties on Imported Vehicles and Parts May Result From New Investigation: Comment and Hearing Dates Imminent
Dykema, May 2018

Not long after President Trump announced that the U.S. would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum, the Department of Commerce launched an investigation that may lead to additional duties on imported vehicles and automotive parts. Effective, the Department will now examine whether imports of vehicles and auto parts threaten U.S. national security...

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