|Ken Schoen Obtains No Cause Defense Verdict in Product Liability Suit|
Ken Schoen, a partner in Bonner Kiernan's New Jersey and New York offices, recently obtained a no cause defense verdict on behalf of a toy manufacturer client in a products liability suit. The twelve year old plaintiff had suffered a complete loss of hearing and permanent tinnitus in her right ear. Plaintiff's perilymphtic fistula injury resulted from barotrauma that occurred while she was blowing up our client's inflatable children's toy. Though the injuries were significant and permanent, the jury found that the product and its labeling were not defective and that our client was not at fault. Plaintiff's last demand had been $2.5 million.