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Defective Plastic Baskets Caused Stacks Of Bread To Fall – $8.5 Million Jury Verdict

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A bakery ordered some plastic baskets that would allow the bakery to load and transport baked bread. These baskets were supposed to fit together so they would stack safely together, but the baskets shifted, the stacks of bread fell and broke an employee’s back. Dan Packard was hired to go against the basket manufacturer, who denied any fault. With his team of experts, Dan identified the design defect that caused the baskets to break. Just before trial, the basket manufacturer offered to settle the case for $100,000, claiming that the Plaintiff did not have much of a chance to win at trial. Dan rejected the offer and tried the case to a federal jury. The jury returned a verdict in our favor for $8,500,000 – 85 times more than the defendant offered.

$8,500,000 jury verdict