Table saw manufacturers, Ryobi Technologies, Inc., One World Technologies, Inc. and Techtronic Industries North America, Inc. secured a not guilty verdict in a major products liability case in Duluth, MN. In this case, the plaintiff alleged that the table saw manufactured by defendants was defective and unreasonably dangerous for not incorporating a user friendly, modular blade guard and/or flesh detection technology. The plaintiff, who severed his ulnar nerve on a spinning saw blade, asked for $6.4 million in damages.
The not guilty verdict is a major, positive outcome as more than 200 lawsuits involving this technology have been filed around the country against these and other table saw manufacturers.
Johnson & Bell Shareholders, John W. Bell and Meghan M. Sciortino, along with Associate, Alexandria L. Bell, represented the defendants. Judge Patrick Shiltz, District of Minnesota, presided. Thull v. Techtronic Industries Co., Ltd, et al; 0:11-cv-02368.
Listen to a recent Fine Woodworking Magazine podcast discussing the case by clicking here. "Shop Talk Live" interviews John Bell about the impact of this recent verdict.
Law360 also published an overview of the verdict (subscription required).