Bambino v. Toyota Motor Corp.

March 2015

William J. Conroy and Emily J. Rogers of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, P.C. and J. Randolph Bibb, Jr., and Robert F. Chapski of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C., obtained a full defense verdict in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in Bambino v. Toyota Motor Corp., a matter involving the alleged unintended acceleration of a 2007 Toyota RAV4.

Plaintiff Diane Bambino claimed that after she accidentally backed into a tree on her property, her vehicle then malfunctioned and accelerated forward causing her to crash into a second tree head-on.  Mrs. Bambino sustained serious internal injuries in the crash, and her two grandchildren buckled in child restraints in the rear seat were also injured.  Toyota argued that the unfortunate crash was the result of Mrs. Bambino mistakenly applying the accelerator pedal, instead of the brake pedal.  Despite the Bambinos discarding the vehicle after the wreck, Toyota demonstrated that physical evidence from insurance photographs of the vehicle, the scene and the acceleration and braking capacity of the vehicle did not support Mrs. Bambino’s recollection of the events.

After the two-week trial, the Philadelphia jury deliberated for little more than an hour before finding that the RAV4 was not defective.

William J. Conroy served as trial counsel for Toyota Motor Corp. in this case.  Emily J. Rogers served as co-counsel.


Conroy, William J.




Products Liability Defense


Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas