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Jury Sides With Yamaha At $17M Rhino ATV Trial

Law360, New York (March 1, 2015, 5:18 PM EST) -- A California jury on Friday found for Yamaha Motor Corp. in a $16.7 million trial over claims by a woman that defects in a Yamaha Rhino off-road vehicle in which she was a passenger caused an accident that resulted in the amputation of her right leg.

After a six week trial, the jury delivered a unanimous verdict for Yamaha in a case brought by Elizabeth Ault-Smietana and her husband Jayson Smietana, who alleged that the 2010 crash of their 2007 model year Rhino 660 SE vehicle was caused by stability problems inherent in the vehicle. 

Yamaha, which has faced a number of suits...

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