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Coughlin Duffy Wins Summary Judgment in a Products Liability Lawsuit in Federal Court

June 12, 2018

Coughlin Duffy was recently awarded summary judgment in favor of its client, Crown Equipment Corporation (“Crown”), in McManus v. Barnegat Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, et. al (Civil Action No. 15-2109), a lawsuit venued in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

In that case, plaintiff, a delivery man, sued Crown claiming that he was injured as a result of an allegedly defective pallet jack which he had been operating on an incline while making deliveries to a nursing center. Crown, as the manufacturer of the pallet jack, moved for summary judgment on the basis that plaintiff could neither provide a specific cause of the alleged defect, nor could he establish that the incident was not solely the result of an alleged malfunction. In a written opinion dated May 29, 2018, the Court concluded that plaintiff’s failure to negate causes of the accident, other than an alleged product defect, entitled Crown to judgment as a matter of law. 

To read the Opinion, please click here.