Orange County Team Obtains Unanimous Defense Verdict For Home Improvement Company
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Orange County Partners
Charles L. Harris and
Justin S. Kim recently obtained a unanimous defense
verdict on behalf of their client, a national home improvement
company, following an in-person jury trial in Orange County,
California. The plaintiff alleged that he was struck by a roll of
old carpet that was thrown out of a second story window by our
client’s subcontractor, who was working at the plaintiff’s
home at the time of the alleged incident. The plaintiff argued that
our client was negligent and sought to hold our client liable for
the subcontractor’s negligence under a theory of vicarious
The plaintiff alleged that the roll of carpet weighed
approximately 200 pounds and that he sustained injuries to his
head, neck, shoulders, and back and underwent multiple surgeries,
including cervical fusion surgery, as a result of being struck by
the carpet. We took the position that the plaintiff was not struck
by the roll of carpet as he alleged.
The court bifurcated the trial between liability and damages.
Following one hour of deliberations at the liability stage, the
jury unanimously found that our client was not negligent.
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