Adolfo "The Bird Dog" Pesquera covers it in the DBR.
Skip represented an estate representative on behalf of a decedent who died when the Lexus she was driving struck a bumper cover in her lane. Allstate, which insured the Nissan from which the cover fell, offered to settle for ten thousand big ones. (You're in good hands.) That offered was declined, politely I am certain. Pretrial Skip asked for 3 million from the driver. That offer was declined, politely I am certain. Skip settled with Toyota and Nissan and proceeded to trial against the driver. And here is where I think it gets
"The bumper cover was not preserved as evidence. [The driver] took the car to be repaired shortly after the accident. The body shop replaced the bumper and discarded the old one."
According to The Bird Dog, Skip's expert was Bryant Buchner, an accident reconstruction specialist from Tallahassee. The driver's lawyer, Samuel Tyler Hill said Buchner testified that he had "no opinion" why the bumper cover came off when deposed six years ago. At trial, however, the expert testified "someone" overtightened a screw on one side of the bumper. Over time, the plastic cover wore out at the screw hole and came loose, allowing wind force to blow it off.
"Someone" had a screw loose.
Verdict for the defense/no negligence by the driver. No appeal filed.
Hey, you win some, you lose some.
N.B. The "Trading Places" clip has no apparent relevance to Skip's trial loss, but it was a damn good movie, wasn't it?