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11th Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Suzuki

June 16, 2014

On May 30, 2014, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court order granting Suzuki's motion for summary judgment in a product liability action claiming that a defect in the plaintiff's Suzuki motorcycle caused an accident that paralyzed the plaintiff from the waist down. On Suzuki's behalf, Lightfoot moved the trial court for summary judgment on the grounds that the plaintiff's expert's testimony was insufficient to create a genuine issue of material fact regarding causation and that Suzuki was entitled to judgment as a matter of law. The trial court granted that motion, and the plaintiff appealed to the 11th Circuit.

Following briefing and oral argument, the appellate court issued a per curiam opinion concluding that the plaintiff "did not present sufficient evidence to create a dispute of material fact as to whether a defect in his motorcycle was the cause-in-fact of his accident" and affirming the order below.

Suzuki was represented by Mike Bell, Drew Kelly and James Gibson.

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