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.

Attorneys

Marc Rowin
Thomas P. Lynch