Segal McCambridge Attorneys Obtain Successful Ruling on Daubert Motion and Summary Judgment in Product Liability Case


September 7, 2007

Segal McCambridge attorneys, Donald Segal and Katie Sleeker, obtained summary judgment for the manufacturer of a Japanese cylinder silk-screen printing press in a product liability case. Plaintiff, a pressman, sustained severe injuries to his hand while working on the subject press. Plaintiff claimed that the press was defectively designed and manufactured because it failed to have certain safety features and warning devices. Defendant argued that there were no facts to present an evidentiary basis for showing that plaintiff's injury was caused by Sakurai's failure to meet industry standards. On August 30, 2007, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted Sakurai Graphic System's motion for summary judgment, finding that the plaintiff failed to produce evidence to support the proximate cause element of his negligence claim. The District Court also granted defendant's Daubert motion, finding that plaintiff's expert witness' opinions lacked evidentiary support, were unreliable and speculative.