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Product Liability Group Members Obtain Summary Judgment

Butler Snow attorneys Edward W. Mizell, Meade W. Mitchell and James H. (Jay) Bolin recently obtained summary judgment in favor of Butler Snow client Honeywell International Inc. in a case pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This case was originally filed in 2006 and the plaintiff asserted multiple causes of action against Honeywell and several other defendants. The plaintiff died not long after his deposition and he was unable to identify during his deposition or otherwise any product associated with Honeywell that allegedly caused his injuries. Plaintiff did submit an unverified report from an expert as evidence of product identification. Honeywell challenged the plaintiff’s expert report on multiple grounds and moved for summary judgment. The Court granted the motion for summary judgment on the basis that the Plaintiff’s expert report was inadmissible and that the Plaintiff had failed to identify sufficient evidence to support a finding of causation as to any product associated with Honeywell. Honeywell was the only defendant remaining in the case at the time of the Court’s ruling.