$8.25 Million Settlement for Shipyard Workers

Keshock, et.al., v. Metabowerke, GMBH, et.al. | Mobile County Circuit Court | CASE NO. CV-15-901370

In August, a few weeks before trial was set to begin, Cunningham Bounds negotiated a settlement of $8.25 million in favor of 17 shipyard workers who were severely injured at work while using a miller saw, a type of power tool.

Our clients alleged that Metabo and Southern Gas & Supply, the defendant, was negligent in recommending, approving, and endorsing that its handheld angle grinders should be equipped with carbide-toothed circular saw blades. These blades were the ones that injured and maimed dozens of shipyard workers throughout Mobile, Alabama.

Metabo ignored any hazards presented by the miller saw; instead, it repeatedly misrepresented and outright lied about its knowledge of the miller saw’s safety hazards. In fact, our clients alleged that all levels of its corporate hierarchy knew of these hazards, from its salesmen to its executives.

The $8.25 million settlement was the culmination of tireless work by Cunningham Bounds’ attorneys, investigators, and staff. J. Brian Duncan, Jr., William E. “Billy” Bonner, and David G. Wirtes, Jr. served as co-lead attorneys for this case.

“Because of everyone’s hard work and unwavering dedication to our clients’ cause, we were once again able to hold a large multi-national company and its local distributor accountable for their wrongdoing, recover fair compensation for our clients, and improve the safety of workers in Alabama,” Attorney Duncan said.

Learn more about this case on our press release here.

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