Archive | March, 2015

The Defense Wins!

Keith W. McDanielLance B. Williams, Attorney(Article published in DRI’s The Voice of the Defense Bar)

On Friday, February 6, 2015, a jury in Lake Charles, Louisiana, returned a defense verdict for Ford Motor Company following a two-week trial in a post-collision fire case, rejecting plaintiffs’ allegation that the brake master cylinder and reservoir assembly in decedent William Morvant’s 2002 Ford F-150 was defectively designed. Ford was represented at trial by Perry Miles and Lauren Wood of McGuireWoods, LLP in Richmond, Virginia, and by Keith McDaniel and Lance Williams of McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch, LLC in Covington, Louisiana.  Read Article

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Marlene Shanks v. Winn Dixie

Marlene Shanks v.  Winn Dixie
(March 2015)

Devin Fadaol and Heather N. Shockley obtained summary judgment for Winn Dixie Montgomery, LLC, in a personal injury lawsuit alleging multiple injuries from an alleged slip and fall in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The plaintiff claimed that she encountered a substance on the ground in one of the aisles, causing her to slip and injure her knee, back, and various other parts of her body.  The incident was partially captured on in-store video footage.   Defendants filed a Motion for Summary Judgment using the video footage to show that there was no notice of any substance on the ground, and no injury-causing event that could have lead to any possible damages.   The trial court judge in Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans granted Winn Dixie’s Motion for Summary Judgment, dismissing all of the plaintiff’s claims.

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