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Massachusetts Appeals Court affirms dismissal of design defect and failure-to-warn claims involving industrial fan because dangers were open and obvious and plaintiff did not offer expert to testify proposed safer alternative design would not unduly inter

USA - July 31 2013 In Christensen v. Thornton, 988 N.E.2d 471 (Mass. App. Ct. June 3, 2013), plaintiff suffered injuries when he caught his hand in an industrial...

Matthew C. Baltay, James J. Dillon, Jonathan M. Ettinger, Brian C. Carrol, Jeffrey S. Follett.


United States Supreme Court holds agreement mandating individualized rather than classwide arbitration enforceable even where expense of arbitrating exceeds any potential individual recovery

USA - July 31 2013 In American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, 133 S. Ct. 2304 (June 20, 2013), plaintiffs filed a putative class action in the United States...

Matthew C. Baltay, James J. Dillon, Jonathan M. Ettinger, Brian C. Carrol, Jeffrey S. Follett.


Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court holds (I) proof of safer alternative design that would not unduly interfere with product’s cost or performance is prerequisite to design defect liability

USA - July 31 2013 Evans v. Lorillard Tobacco Co., 465 Mass. 411 (June 11, 2013), the plaintiff executor of his mother's estate sued the defendant manufacturer of...

Matthew C. Baltay, James J. Dillon, Jonathan M. Ettinger, Brian C. Carrol, Jeffrey S. Follett.


Massachusetts federal court grants summary judgment for power tool manufacturer on design defect claim because plaintiff offered no expert evidence regarding existence of a defect, safer alternative design or causation

USA - July 31 2013 In Torres v. Skil Corporation, 2013 WL 3105815 (D. Mass. June 17, 2013), plaintiff was injured while using a circular saw when the saw's blade guard...

Matthew C. Baltay, James J. Dillon, Jonathan M. Ettinger, Brian C. Carrol, Jeffrey S. Follett.


Massachusetts federal court holds medical monitoring claim based on exposure to dangerous substance requires proof of subcellular change, and expert testimony that exposure merely increased risk of such change or of actual disease is insufficient

USA - July 31 2013 In Genereux v. Hardric Laboratories, Inc., 2013 WL 3157520 (D. Mass. June 23, 2013), current and former employees of defendant aerospace and defense...

Matthew C. Baltay, James J. Dillon, Jonathan M. Ettinger, Brian C. Carrol, Jeffrey S. Follett.