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Successful Resolution in Catastrophic Farming Injury Matter 

Hodgson Russ attorneys Ryan Lucinski and Patrick Hines successfully defended a manufacturer of industrial instrumentation in a products liability action venued in Missouri federal court. A farmer sued the manufacturer of an anhydrous ammonia applicator system that failed and exposed him to the noxious gas, causing severe chemical burns and a permanent neurological condition. The applicator manufacturer impleaded our client, alleging that its component pressure gauges caused or contributed to the accident. Hodgson Russ developed evidence in discovery that there were no defects in the client’s product; that the gauges had been severely damaged and long required replacement; and that the applicator manufacturer was solely responsible for the selection and assembly of all components that comprised its system. During mediation, the case settled for seven figures, with our client contributing nuisance value.