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Successful Personal Injury Cases

Cases & Clients

This is a summmary of selected Notable Cases our law firm has handled.

Carmen Reyes Criminal Defense

Gary Eto is the criminal defense lawyer for Carmen Reyes Jr., 58, who was initially charged for murder after shooting and killing Sergio Wilms.


Tire Defects

GARY ETO FILES ONE OF THE FIRST CASES IN CALIFORNIA AGAINST FIRESTONE AND FORD FOR TIRE DEFECTS AND ROLLOVER DEFECTS ARISING OUT OF THE TIRE RECALL OF AUGUST 8, 2000.

On April 28, 2000, Gary Eto filed a lawsuit against Bridgestone/Firestone and Ford Motor Company alleging both design and manufacturing defects against both Ford and Firestone for fatalities and injuries arising out of the rollover propensity of the Ford Explorer when induced by a tread separation of a defective Firestone tire. See, Dizon v. Bridgestone/Firestone, Ford Motor Company, et al, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC229087.

standing in front of booksFor more information, see Eto, Gary, "Global Recall: The History of the Firestone Tire Debacle", The Journal of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, The Advocate, June 2001.

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Ladunni Firestone tire failure case

The plaintiffs were traveling north on Interstate-5 in Kern when the right rear Firestone FR 680 tire experienced a tread separation, which caused the vehicle to swerve out of control and to roll over into the dirt center median. During the rollover, four passengers, Oluwatoyin Ladunni, Edward Oladunni, Jennifer Oladunni and Anita Oladunni were fully ejected.

The tire was manufactured by Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., and sold by Pedro Salgado and El Amigo Tire Shop.

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The Law Offices of Gary C. Eto is currently representing the plaintiffs in a case against Toyota Motor Corporation and Goodyear Dunlop Tires, wherein the plaintiff was rendered a quadriplegic as a result of a tread separation, rollover, roof crush case. The specific vehicle was a 2001 Toyota 4 Runner. The case invloves design defects from Toyota and Goodyear.

toyota crash

The tire was an OE ("Original Equipment," supplied by Toyota) Dunlop Grand Trek TG 35 P265/70R16. On August 28, 2007, while plaintiffs were traveling South on Interstate 99 in Central California, at approximately 65 miles per hour, when the tread on the right rear tire separated, causing the vehicle to go out of control and rollover, rendering Adona Dela Pena a quadriplegic.

On January 17, 2008, the case, Adona Dela Pena, et al. v Toyota, Goodyear Dunlop, et al, case no BC383622, was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Central District. The case is scheduled to go to trial on February 1, 2009.

The case recently settled for a confidential amount.


Josefina Buenviaje and Benjamin Buenviaje vs. Juan Miguel Molina, MDM Trucking, Black’s Towing, Joseph Vitanza in a semi truck jacknife crash.

Truck accident case settled for $640,000


Peter Ludwig v. Sunrise Ford, Ford Motor Company, Bridgestone /Firestone

Ford Explorer accident caused by Firestone tire failure. While driving on State Route 210 in Los Angeles California, the left rear Firestone ATX tire, size P235 75R15 105 SM-S, experienced a complete tread separation, causing the 1996 Ford Explorer to swerve out of control and roll over, causing catastrophic injuries to plaintiff.

Settlement of $200,000 with Ford Dealer and additional confidential settlements with Bridgestone Firestone and Ford Motor Company


GARY ETO WINS $320,793 FOR REAR END ACCIDENT

Hyde v Santellano, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. : PC028154

Verdict/Judgment Date: 7/5/2002

Full story published in "Trials Digest", Vol. 6, No.7, February 17, 2003.

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JURY AWARDS GARY ETO'S CLIENTS $1,189,661 FROM GENERAL MOTORS FOR NEGLIGENTLY DESIGNED GAS TANK ON CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO

Navarro v. General Motors, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No.: EC015454

Verdict/Judgment Date: 7/26, 1996

Full Story published in Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Verdicts & Settlements", September 6, 1996, and in the Attorneys Information Exchange Litigation Bulletin, Vol. 4, No. 4.

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LOS ANGELES JURY AWARDS $2,496,138 TO GARY ETO'S CLIENTS FOR WRONGFUL DEATH ON AN AMTRAK TRAIN

Korpal v. Amtrak, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No.: BC079737

Verdict/Judgment date: November 1, 1994

Full Story published in Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Verdicts & Settlements", November 18, 1994,and in Verdictum Juris, Vol. 16 Issue 6, March 15-31, 1995

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GARY ETO OBTAINS $1.9 MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT (Workplace Violence in City of Los Angeles)

Gain v City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No.: BC150879

Settlement Date: November 17, 1998

Full Story published in Los Angeles Daily Journal, November 18, 1998, and in the Los Angeles Daily News, November 18, 1998.

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