Campbell Conroy & O’Neil Obtains Summary Judgment in Product Liability Case in Connecticut Federal Court

December 2022

Jacob Lantry, in coordination with out-of-state counsel, obtained summary judgment for a client who was sued under the Connecticut Product Liability Act in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiff alleged that an insecticide aerosol spray was defectively designed and caused burn injuries, and subsequent medical complications, he sustained after applying the spray to his arms and legs and then approaching a burning brush pile. The plaintiff did not disclose an expert to opine on the alleged defectiveness of the product or the causal connection between any such defect and his subsequent injuries. In granting summary judgment, the court accepted the argument that this was a case requiring expert testimony to establish liability and the plaintiff’s failure to disclose an expert was fatal to his claims.