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Mitchell Morris Discusses Maserati Product Liability Case

December 13, 2016

Richmond litigation partner Mitchell Morris commented in a Legal Newsline story about the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California’s decision to grant summary judgment in a proposed class action alleging carmaker Maserati’s “passive entry system” was unsafe.

In the Nov. 18 article, “Calif. Judge reads Maserati manual, rules for company over keyless entry,” Morris discusses the main takeaways of the case and the example it sets for courts hearing similar product liability cases.

"What’s interesting is that the court took the motion to dismiss and converted it into a motion for summary judgment so they could consider evidence, chiefly the owner’s manual and related materials, before the parties had engaged in discovery,” Morris said.

"I think the takeaway is that this particular court is going to very closely scrutinize the written materials on which the warranty or claim is based and see whether it supports what the plaintiff’s claim says,” he added. "It’s not going to just take the plaintiff’s word for it."