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Schnader Wins Unanimous Jury Verdict for Defense in Trial Arising from a Mechanic’s Fall from an Airport Modular Refueling Truck

On August 15, 2019 by Schnader in Aviation

In July 2019, Denny Shupe and Lee Schmeer achieved a unanimous jury verdict for the defense after seven days of trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The case arose from an accident at Philadelphia International Airport when a ground support equipment mechanic, who was performing maintenance on an aircraft modular refueling truck, fell from the truck and suffered alleged back, shoulder, neck, and head injuries. Schnader represented General Transervice, Inc., a family-owned company from Coatesville, PA with roots in Philadelphia, which manufactured and sold the modular refueling truck.

The plaintiff sought over $3 million in damages under theories of negligence, strict products liability, and breach of warranty. The trial involved multifaceted liability issues under evolving Pennsylvania products liability law, complex evidence about alleged traumatic brain injury and shoulder/neck injuries, and nearly a dozen expert witnesses, including neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, mechanical engineers, human factors experts, and an airport refueling and ground support equipment expert.

The jury of eight reached a unanimous defense verdict after about 1 ½ hours of deliberation.

This litigation victory has been recognized by the International Association of Defense Counsel. Read more here.

Schnader’s Aviation Group consistently is ranked by independent agencies among the nation’s preeminent aviation law practices. We have decades of experience representing many of the world’s leading manufacturers of commercial, general aviation and military aircraft, engines and components, as well as Part 135 operators, Part 145 repair stations, airports, corporate aviation departments, domestic and international airlines, and domestic and global aviation insurers. Combining our extensive trial capabilities with one of the most respected appellate practices in the United States gives Schnader the unique capability to handle all aspects of a case’s life cycle.