In Hulse v HJC Corp and Harley-Davidson, a Beaumont, TX, jury of 12 rendered a unanimous verdict in favor of a motorcycle helmet manufacturer, HJC Corp. on December 21, 2015. The trial commenced with jury selection on December 7th, and closing arguments were given on December 18th. Defendant, Harley-Davidson was voluntarily dismissed from the case before summations were given to the jury. The trial, venue in the District Court of Jefferson County, Texas, 136th Judicial District, involved a claim that a Harley-Davidson Ultra Jet helmet was defective in design because the helmet allegedly failed to provide adequate impact protection to the plaintiff, a passenger on a motorcycle, when a pickup truck veered into the motorcycle she was riding.
HJC and Harley-Davidson were represented by James C. Ughetta and C. Scott Toomey of Littleton Joyce Ughetta Park & Kelly, LLP, and Chris Trent of Johnson, Trent, West & Taylor, LLP in Houston, TX.