Zoe Littlepage

Saturday, October 30th, 2021 // From 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Subject: TBI/Premise Liability

3 hr Case Analysis

Biography

Zoe Littlepage’s practice focuses on complex cases including mass torts, defective medical product or drug cases as well as human rights issues. She typically spends months each year in trial, across the country. Ms. Littlepage’s jury awards made the list of the Top 10 Largest Verdicts in the country for 2007, 2009 and 2010. Ms. Littlepage led the charge for the state court Rezulin litigation. Littlepage Booth reviewed more than six million pages of Rezulin documents, took more than 100 days of depositions and Ms. Littlepage tried five of the nine Rezulin trials nationwide, achieving jury verdicts of over $40 million. She also lectures extensively at legal conventions on defective drug litigation issues and the use of visual exhibits and demonstrative aides at trial.

Case Analysis Details

“Hudson v. Howard Johnson”

Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Closing Argument, & Rebuttal

In August of 2015 6-year old Journey Hudson went to the Howard Johnson water park with her mother, brother and a friend. The Howard Johnson is a hotel located directly across the street from Disneyland. The owner of the hotel had no prior experience with water parks and was not knowledgeable on the safety codes they must abide by. In his haste, the hotel owner never got a final permit for this renovation. After spending several minutes in the hotel’s hot tub, Journey fainted from the excessive heat and fell forward into the water. She lost consciousness. Her mother and brother pulled her from the hot tub and Journey was resuscitated by another guest. But Journey remained unconscious. The hot tub had a tendency to overheat during the summer season. In addition to this, the Howard Johnson water park attendant allowed Journey to remain lying on the hot cement surrounding the hot tub for 21 minutes while first responders were called and arrived. Journey suffered third degree burns on her back and legs because of the heated cement. Due to the near-drowning and extended exposure to the hot concrete, Journey suffered a significant brain injury. The trial proceeded under Covid protocols and lasted 7 weeks. The case was settled at the end of jury deliberation.

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