Our Philadelphia partner, Bill Longo, has been appointed to the faculty for the PBI Real Estate program, Handling the Failure to Disclose Case, and presented on the topic From Leaky Roofs to Flooded Basements at the CLE Conference Center in Philadelphia.
William Longo & Jennifer Coatsworth successfully argued for summary judgment on behalf of their manufacture client who took delivery of baled scrap foam rubber provided by plaintiff, tractor-trailer operator, who sustained serious injuries when an 800 pound foam bale fell on his neck, back and head. Video footage preserved by our client revealed the bale in question was teetering, yet, plaintiff continued in the unloading process by opening an adjacent door accessing the intermodal container, bent down and was ultimately struck by the falling bale. Plaintiff contended our client had a duty to warn of the propensities of foam bales to dislodge during transit and that he had exercised considerable care, contrary to the video evidence, while attempting to unload the bales. The court agreed with our contention there was no duty owed to plaintiff by our client and granted summary judgment.
William Longo & Jennifer Coatsworth successfully argued for summary judgment on behalf of their distributor client who had provided baling wire used to secure recycled paper bales, one of which weighed 1500 pounds and fell upon a forklift operator crushing his legs and ultimately causing cardiac failure. The Estate sued over 20 defendants, including a number of wire manufacturers, the manufacturer of the baling machine, and the property owner, however, after 3 years of litigation and over 50 days of deposition testimony, our motion contending plaintiff could not advance a theory against our client prevailed resulting in summary judgment in favor of our distributor and against the Estate.