Federal Judge Denies Gag Order As Wrongful Death Trial Involving Wahl Trimmer Approaches

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Wahl Clipper Corporation will be defending itself in Federal Court beginning Aug.28 for its product's alleged role in the death of 16-year-old Ishan Bose-Pyne. The teenager was killed after he was ignited while allegedly shaving with a Wahl trimmer and suffered 3rd degree burns over 65% of his body.

This morning, United States District Court Judge, Margaret M. Morrow, denied a gag order request by Wahl Clipper Corporation in a wrongful death suit involving one of its products. Trial is set to start tomorrow, August 28th, in Los Angeles federal court.

The case involves the death of 16-year-old Ishan Bose-Pyne, who was allegedly killed as a result of his use of Wahl’s Groomsman Beard and Mustache Trimmer.

The original complaint, filed by Bose-Pyne’s parents in 2011, alleges that the boy, an honors student at the prestigious Harvard-Westlake school, was ignited in flames while shaving with a Wahl trimmer; he died shortly thereafter.

“He last used the Wahl Clipper on the evening of September 2, 2010, when he emerged from his bathroom engulfed in flames,” states the complaint. “The defective Wahl Clipper that [Bose-Pyne] was using caused his skin and clothing to ignite, which in turn resulted in severe third degree burns to his upper torso, including his chest, back, arms, neck, nose and mouth," the complaint continued.

The complaint further asserts that Wahl denies all responsibility for the teen’s “tragic and untimely death,” and that “[r]ather than acting promptly to protect consumers from falling victim to potentially fatal injuries, Wahl advanced alternate theories of liability and causation.”

Earlier this summer, Wahl’s attorneys attempted to have the case dismissed on summary judgment, but their motion was denied and the case will move forward.

Trial is set to begin on Aug. 28, 2012 before the Honorable Margaret M. Morrow, at the Roybal Courthouse, courtroom 780, in Downtown, Los Angeles (Case No. cv 11-06087 MMM.) Arnold Peter and Marcus Lee of Peter Law Group will be representing Bose-Pyne’s parents at trial.



Natasha Shahani

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