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Another Victory for Attorney Lance Cooper in Defective Tire Case


In a recent settlement with Michelin and Pep Boys, Advocate Capital, Inc. friend and colleague, Lance A. Cooper received a significant recovery for his client who suffered numerous injuries including a traumatic brain injury as a result of an automobile accident involving defective tires.


The plaintiff’s vehicle was struck by a GMC Envoy and rolled over on the highway after the Envoy’s tires sustained tread separation causing its driver to lose control.   The product liability claim against Michelin stemmed from defective design and manufacture of the tire known as Rugged Trail T/A which caused the tread separation to occur.


Pep Boys serviced the Envoy in 2007 at which time they placed new tires on the front of the vehicle, in violation of their own policy of putting the best tires on the rear of a vehicle.  The Envoy was serviced again by Pep Boys in April, 2009 approximately 5 weeks before the accident.  This service was supposed to include tire rotation which would have moved the Rugged Trail tires from the rear of the vehicle to the front.  This tire rotation never occurred.  Further, Pep Boys should have removed the Rugged Trail tires during this April, 2009 service since it was clear that there were warning signs of tread separation.


Mr. Cooper, founding member of The Cooper Firm, concentrates his practice representing plaintiffs in substantial personal injury and wrongful death cases.  He is a former president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association.   Lance has also been included in the Georgia Super Lawyers by Atlanta Magazine from 2006 to 2011.


Thanks again Lance Cooper from consumers everywhere for your diligent efforts in keeping us safe!


Donna A. Jones

Vice President, Operations

About Dan A. Taussig

Mr. Taussig has been a shareholder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and a member of the Credit Committee of Advocate Capital, Inc., since 2000. His daily activities at Advocate include credit underwriting, relationships with senior lenders, subordinated debt holders, shareholders and with the Company’s legal counsel and public accounting firm. Additionally, he frequently meets with clients throughout the United States.

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