National Steakhouse Restaurant Reaches Settlement After Zach Mayer of Kane Russell Coleman and Logan PC Successfully Defended a Product Liability Case

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Zach Mayer, Director in the Dallas office of Kane Russell Coleman and Logan PC, successfully defended a national steakhouse restaurant in a products liability case involving allegations of a defective product that caused an employee serious injury. Zach was brought in as lead counsel on the eve of trial, and used the plaintiff’s social media timeline to discredit his claims and reach a favorable settlement for the steakhouse client.

Zach's trial abilities and savvy approach allowed for an outstanding result for our company, he was able to quickly take control of the case and turn the situation around in our favor.

Zach Mayer, Director in the Dallas office of Kane Russell Coleman and Logan PC, successfully defended a national steakhouse restaurant in a product liability case. According to official court documents, the jury heard testimony to determine if the restaurant had knowingly purchased a defective wine glass.

According to the suit filed in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, the plaintiff, a bartender at the restaurant, had sustained serious injuries to his hand after an allegedly defective wine glass shattered while he was cleaning it. The plaintiff claimed that the restaurant knew the item was defective, and had used it despite this knowledge.

The documents also show that the plaintiff’s injuries included torn tendons in his wrist and necessitated five surgeries. He claimed that as a result he could no longer pursue culinary school and had to move back home to his parents’ house in Pennsylvania. An economist estimated his total damages at up to 3 million dollars, which the plaintiff requested at trial.

By the time Zach was called to serve as lead counsel for the defendant on the eve of trial, plaintiff’s counsel had already built a solid case against the defendant. With only one day to prepare his arguments, Zach discovered via the plaintiff’s Twitter account that he had engaged in various activities that his alleged injury would not permit, such as zip lining in Costa Rica and spending the winter in Florida when he claimed to be with his parents, according to records.

Because Zach’s presentation of the plaintiff’s social media timeline turned the case around, the plaintiff agreed to settle out of court, according to official documents, for a fraction of the pre-trial demand and a substantially smaller percentage of the amount requested at trial.

“Zach's trial abilities and savvy approach allowed for an outstanding result for our company,” said a representative of the restaurant. "He was able to quickly take control of the case and turn the situation around in our favor."

Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC is a full service law firm with offices in Dallas and Houston. Formed in 1992 with five lawyers, today KRCL has more than 80 attorneys. The Firm provides professional services for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to medium-sized public and private companies to entrepreneurs. KRCL handles transactional, litigation and bankruptcy matters in Texas and throughout the country.

SOURCE: Kane Russell Coleman & Logan, P.C.
CAUSE/CASE NO: 110804899
COURT: Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, PA
JUDGE: Hon. Annette M. Rizzo

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