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12Feb 2019

Sweeney & Sheehan Partner J. Michael Kunsch obtained summary judgment in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania following a successful Daubert challenge of plaintiffs’ liability expert in a product liability case. Plaintiffs asserted claims of strict liability, negligence and breach of warranty against the manufacturer and seller of a fiberglass stepladder. The husband-plaintiff fell off the ladder in the master bathroom of his home while painting a skylight. He had positioned the ladder on a tarp, and claimed the ladder feet slipped and caused his fall. The ladder contained a warning to “Set all four feet on a firm level surface. Do not place on unstable, loose or slippery surfaces.” Despite the presence of that warning, plaintiffs’ engineering expert opined that the ladder should have had a specific warning about the danger of the ladder slipping when placed on a tarp on a smooth tile surface. The Court found the expert’s opinion did not satisfy the Daubert reliability and fit requirements, noting that he made no inspections of the ladder or scene, performed no tests, cited no relevant industry standards, offered inconsistent opinions, and simply accepted plaintiff’s testimony about how the accident happened. After precluding the expert, the Court further found that no reasonable jury could conclude that the ladder was defective and entered summary judgment.

01May 2017

Sweeney & Sheehan is pleased to announce that Melissa Lang has joined the firm as a shareholder. Ms. Lang’s practice includes the resolution of claims for individual and group accidental death, disability, and life insurance benefits, both ERISA and non-ERISA. She has also prosecuted and defended sales practices claims against brokers and insurers. In addition, Melissa has more than thirty years of experience as an active litigator representing insurers, financial institutions and health care providers in complex credit, coverage, commercial and personal injury litigation.

23Dec 2015

Sweeney & Sheehan continued its tradition of supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program. The goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
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15Sep 2015

Sweeney & Sheehan Managing Partner Warren Voter and Partner Barbara O’Connell will be giving presentations at the USLAW Fall Client Conference, scheduled for September 17-19 at the Westin Copley Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Voter is speaking in a Product Liability presentation on Managing the Media in the Aftermath of a Catastrophic Event, and Ms. O’Connell is speaking in a Labor and Employment presentation on The Birds, The Bees and The Legalese of Pregnancy Leave. For more information about USLAW, visit www.uslaw.org.