Le Clercq and Walsh Win Product Liability Summary Judgment
May 24, 2012
New Orleans, La. – Frederic Theodore 'Ted' Le Clercq and Jonathan M. Walsh won a summary judgment in a product
liability case on behalf of the manufacturer of a neon sign at the JC Penney in
the Pierre Bossier Mall. The seriously injured plaintiff claimed he was
electrocuted while repairing the sign, alleged to be defective because someone
had bypassed the "on/off" switch. The plaintiff admitted in his deposition that
bypassing an "on/off" switch was a safety violation, that he had no evidence the
bypass had been done by the manufacturer, and that bypassing an "on/off" switch
is something that anyone would know to be unsafe thus a manufacturer should not
have to warn against it. With trial less than two months away, the court seized
on this testimony and granted the motion and dismissed the claims with
prejudice, saving the client the expense of a one week jury trial.
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