Action dismissed against manufacturer where safety feature was bypassed

Supreme Court, Suffolk County granted Lynch Rowinís motion for summary judgment dismissing a products liability case against its clients, the manufacturer of a ceiling exhaust fan and the fan motor. The lawsuit alleged that the fan motor had caused a fire which damaged several stores. The summary judgment motion established that the fanís thermal cutoff, a safety feature designed to shut the motor off to prevent overheating, had been tampered with and bypassed after the fan motor had been manufactured; as a result, the manufacturers of the fan and the fan motor could not be held liable for the fire. Thomas Lynch and Marc Rowin represented the manufacturers.


Marc Rowin
Thomas P. Lynch