Thull v. Techtronic Industries Co., Ltd, et al; 0:11-cv-02368. On October 23, 2014, the federal court jury in Duluth, Minnesota, rendered a verdict in favor of defendants, Ryobi Technologies, Inc., One World Technologies, Inc. and Techtronic Industries North America, Inc. The jury made a special finding in the verdict form that the subject table saw was not defective or unreasonably dangerous. The plaintiff, who severed his ulnar nerve on a spinning saw blade, asked for $6.4 million in damages. This case was featured in DRI's The Voice. View the article "And The Defense Wins."
Sipple v. Louisville Ladder, Court No. 2009 L 000606. On June 1, 2011, after a week long trial, a Cook County jury returned a verdict in favor of Ms. Sciortino's client, the manufacturer of a ladder, after less than an hour deliberating. Plaintiff had requested $900,000 in damages.
Westfield Ins. Co. v. Birkey's Farm Store, et al, 399 Ill. App. 3d 219. On March 17, 2010, the Third District of Illinois affirmed an order entered by Judge John Hauptman dismissing the plaintiff's tort claims against Ms. Sciortino's client, the manufacturer of a tractor, pursuant to the Moorman economic loss doctrine.
Successful Dispositive Motions:
Burress-Taylor v. Homecomings Financial, 2009 CH 32135 (Cook County): On May 20, 2010, Judge Agran granted Ms. Sciortino’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint against her client with prejudice. Ms. Sciortino successfully argued that the claims against her client, an insurance company, were time barred pursuant to a one-year contractual limitations period contained in the insurance policy.
DiMonte v. Town & Country Homes, 2007 L 59 (Kendall County): On October 15, 2009, Judge McCann granted summary judgment in favor of Ms. Sciortino’s client, a general contractor, in a construction negligence/premises liability case where plaintiff claimed to be injured due to the defective installation of an automatic door opener. Ms. Sciortino successfully argued that her client owed no duty to the plaintiff as the construction project had been completed prior to the accident and the premises had been turned over to the home owners association.
Snelling v. Markowski, 2008 L 1933 (Cook County): On December 4, 2008, Judge Jeffrey Lawrence granted Ms. Sciortino’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint against her client with prejudice. Plaintiff claimed that Ms. Sciortino’s client, a commercial leasing company, should be equitably estopped from disclaiming a City truck driver as its employee because the client and its insurance company misled the plaintiff into thinking that the driver was their employee and as such, the plaintiff missed the statute of limitations for filing against the municipality. Judge Lawrence agreed with Ms. Sciortino’s argument that the plaintiff had not sufficiently stated a claim for equitable estoppel and dismissed the entire complaint with prejudice. The First District Appellate Court upheld the decision.
Williams v. Provena Senior Services, 2006 L 26 (Stephenson County): On November 2, 2007, Judge David Jeffrey granted Ms. Sciortino’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint against her client with prejudice after the court determined that the plaintiff’s claims were time barred by the statute of limitations. Ms. Sciortino successfully convinced Judge Jeffrey that the discovery rule did not toll the statute of limitations until the plaintiff consulted a lawyer, as argued by the plaintiff, as there was sufficient evidence that plaintiff was on notice of her claims at a much earlier date.
Scott v. PFT, Inc., 2006 L 8139 (Cook County): On January 10, 2007, Judge Jeffrey Lawrence granted Ms.. Sciortino’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint against her client with prejudice after the court determined that it lacked personal jurisdiction over Ms. Sciortino’s client, a foreign product manufacturer. Ms. Sciortino successfully convinced Judge Lawrence that the Illinois long arm statute did not confer jurisdiction over her client.