During her tenure as a Direct Calendar judge, Judge Smith tried numerous personal injury cases ranging from catastrophic injuries to injuries sustained in motor vehicle and other accidents.
For five years, Judge Smith was one of two judges assigned to try asbestos cases filed in Alameda County. She tried over a dozen cases to verdict and managed hundreds more.
In a bellwether trial, part of a larger coordinated matter assigned by the Judicial Council, a couple alleged that their use of a popular fertilizer resulted in their contracting non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The trial resulted in the largest personal injury award in the state of California.
Action against tire manufacturer for strict product liability and negligence for failing to provide warnings about the danger of older tires.
Action against an airport shuttle company for injuries sustained in transit to a local airport.
Dispute involving whether an airline carrier was liable for the injuries of a TSA airport screener when screener carried an oversize bag.
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