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Butler Snow Trial Team Secures Major Win in Product Liability Case

February 21, 2023 | by Butler Snow

Butler Snow’s Products, Catastrophic and Industrial Litigation practice group secured a major trial win in a recent personal injury and products liability case involving a three-wheeled motorcycle — a 2018 Can-Am Spyder that the plaintiff claimed to be defective.

Butler Snow attorneys Kevin Baltz and Kat Carrington represented Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc. (BRP), in Gunn v. BRP, Inc. et al. This civil case was brought before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville for a trial by jury. Under Tennessee’s Product Liability Act, the plaintiff claimed the Can-Am Spyder’s parking brake module contained a design and/or manufacturing defect that allowed the parking brake to spontaneously engage during operation. After a five-day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict absolving BRP of any liability in the matter.

We congratulate our team on their exceptional work in this significant legal victory.

Butler Snow’s Products, Catastrophic and Industrial Litigation practice group has extensive experience in handling the defense of single plaintiff as well as complex, multidistrict class-action and mass tort litigation. The firm has a long history of strongly defending product liability claims on a regional and national basis. Butler Snow’s product liability attorneys regularly counsel clients on product safety and regulatory compliance matters and represent clients in manufacturer product safety recall cases. Butler Snow is well-equipped with an extensive national network of experts and consultants in an array of relevant disciplines who contribute to the defense of the firm’s clients.