Trial Counsel Littleton Joyce on Behalf of Arctic Cat Prevails in New York
Product Liability Case
NEW YORK -- March 27, 2014
A Binghamton, NY jury returned a defense verdict for Arctic Cat in a product
liability case alleging that defects in a 2007 Arctic Cat Prowler caused the
plaintiff to suffer severe leg fractures. Arctic Cat was represented by
Christy Mennen of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA, in Minneapolis, and Jim Ughetta and
Michael Bai of Littleton Joyce Ughetta Park & Kelly LLP in Purchase, NY and
New York City, respectively.
The accident occurred when the plaintiff, a 51-year-old mother of three,
allegedly overturned the side-by-side Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV)
on a paved road when she swerved to avoid a protruding mailbox. Her leg was
trapped beneath the vehicle.
The plaintiff’s liability expert, Syracuse University professor Lawrence Feer,
asserted design claims but was precluded by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas
J. McAvoy on Daubert grounds. The case went to the jury on the allegation that
Arctic Cat’s on-product labeling was defective for not warning against use on
pavement. Arctic Cat called Dr. Allen Dorris to rebut the warnings claims.
The plaintiff also asserted that the selling dealership, Gander Mountain
Company, was negligent for, inter alia, giving test drives on a paved lot. The
jury rejected the claims against Gander Mountain.
The case, heard in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York,
was captioned: Barbara Williams and Craig Williams, her husband, v. Arctic
Cat, Inc., Arctic Cat, Arctic Cat Production, LLC, Arctic Cat Production
Support, LLC, Arctic Cat Sales, Inc., Arctic Cat Shares Services, LLC, Gander
Mountain Company, and Gander Direct Marketing Services, LLC.
About Littleton Joyce:
Littleton Joyce Ughetta Park & Kelly LLP represents corporate clients from
around the world in complex litigation across the country. It has five offices
ranging from New York to Los Angeles and a staff of experienced, hands-on
trial lawyers and national litigation managers.
Littleton Joyce Ughetta Park & Kelly LLP
Michael H. Bai, 212-404-5775
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