On December 12, 2016, United States District Judge Federico Moreno appointed Ryan Stumphauzer to serve as the Special Master in the Takata airbag multidistrict product liability litigation. Mr. Stumphauzer will be responsible for coordinating disclosure and discovery schedules, attempting to help the parties informally resolve discovery disputes, issuing written Reports & Recommendations when discovery disputes cannot be resolved, monitoring the scheduling of depositions, and helping to resolve privilege disputes and similar questions. Speaking to the Daily Business Review, Mr. Stumphauzer said, “it is a privilege and an honor to be appointed as the special master in the Takata litigation. I look forward to working with the excellent lawyers on both sides, and to continuing the fine work of the previous special master, John Delionado.”
The Takata air bag litigation is a sprawling lawsuit which has generated over 1,600 docket entries and that involves claims of personal injury and economic loss against the air bag manufacturer Takata Corp. and several automakers. According to the Daily Business Review, tens of millions of Takata air bags have been recalled since the discovery of a defect that caused some drivers’ air bags to explode, causing injuries and death.
The Daily Business Review article can be found here.