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AAJ Selects WBM’s Rathod as Faculty Instructor

WBM’s Jason Rathod has been invited to serve on the faculty for the American Association for Justice’s June 4 daylong seminar, Trying the Class Action: Practical Tips From the Pros.

Rathod, who litigates complex class actions related to consumer protection, worker rights, civil rights, and public fee recovery, will lead the section on “View From the 2nd (or 3rd) Chair: What You Can Learn From Junior Attorneys About Trials.”

He’ll focus on the David Helmer et al. v. the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. suit, which took place in federal court in Denver in January and alleged that Goodyear’s hoses used for radiant heating were faulty. Rothbard was intimately involved in the trial, including drafting jury instructions, conducting direct examination of witnesses and arguing motions.

The suit alleged that the Entran 3 system suffers from design defects that have led parts of the hoses to become brittle and break, leading to water damages to property. The Entran 3 system is used to provide radiant floor heating and snowmelt systems.

“While we did not get the outcome for our clients we hoped at trial, it was a great experience. I litigate class action cases almost exclusively, which rarely go to trial.  This case was an exception. I learned a lot of lessons from the trial, which will certainly guide my approach in future cases,” Rathod said.

The continuing legal education seminar is sponsored by the AAJ Class Action Litigation Group