Oelke v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

  • Circuit Court of Marathon County, Wisconsin11/01/2006
    Counsel: Anthony M. Pinto
    Client: Defendant Automobile Manufacturer
    Outcome: Defense Verdict

Synopsis:

The plaintiff was traveling southbound on Route 51 in central Wisconsin in his vehicle, at which time he was allegedly exposed to an unreasonably dangerous level of carbon monoxide.

The plaintiff alleged that the excess carbon monoxide was the result of two defects in the design of the vehicle, the inappropriate programming of the powertrain control module and the inappropriate routing of the exhaust system.

The plaintiff claimed that the carbon monoxide exposure resulted in severe physical and cognitive deficits.

The defense argued that the vehicle’s design was appropriate and that the medical evidence did not support the plaintiff’s claim that his injuries were the result of carbon monoxide exposure.

The jury returned a defense verdict in favor of the defendant automobile manufacturer in less than two hours.

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