Goodell DeVries Obtains Defense Verdict for Forklift Manufacturer

By: GDLD | 4.26.13 | Case Results

Thomas J. Cullen, Jr. and Kali Enyeart Book obtained a defense verdict in favor of Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the largest forklift manufacturers in the world.  In Congilaro v. Crown Equipment Corporation, Plaintiffs brought claims for negligence, design defect, and loss of consortium against Crown.  Plaintiff Jason Congilaro had sustained a leg amputation injury while operating a Crown stand-up rider forklift.  After deliberating for an hour and a half, the jury returned a full defense verdict.  The jury concluded that the forklift was not defective in design and that Crown was not negligent in the design or manufacture of the forklift.  The trial spanned two weeks in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.