A defense verdict obtained by Schiff Hardin attorneys Jonathan Judge and Matthew Schiltz on behalf of client Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc. was just ranked one of last year's top Texas product liability defense wins by VerdictSearch. In Scott v. Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., an eight-person jury unanimously found a Dorel cabinet latch that was blamed by plaintiffs for a child ingesting drain cleaner "not defective."
During a six-day trial beginning February 4, 2013, plaintiffs asked the jury for $30 million including punitive damages, alleging that the Dorel cabinet latch—which had since been thrown away by the child’s grandmother—was inadequately tested and routinely appeared to be working when it was not. Schiff Hardin’s trial team contended that the incident during which the child ingested drain cleaner could not have happened the way plaintiffs claimed, and that the latch, by all accounts, had been working well before the incident and that the product effectively deterred children from getting into cabinets where they did not belong. Following an afternoon of deliberations, the jury of six women and two men unanimously found for Dorel, concluding that the cabinet latch was not defective.
Scott v. Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. is listed in "Top Texas Verdicts & Settlements of 2013," which published May 28, 2014, as a supplement in Texas Lawyer magazine.
Jonathan Judge is a partner and Matthew Schiltz is an associate in Schiff Hardin's national Product Liability Group, which represents a diverse group of clients who confront catastrophic injury, mass tort and class action litigation. Schiff Hardin defends high-exposure product liability cases in Texas and around the country.