Firearm Litigation Cases
Listed below are examples of past cases that we were fortunate to be involved with as well as information regarding how they were resolved.
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Griffith v. Booher
Franklin County | $2.5 Million Settlement
The family of a 20-year-old boy sued the son’s friend, who accidentally shot the son in the chest with a .45 caliber handgun, as well as Mount Carmel East hospital and its physicians for medical malpractice in the treatment of the wound. Jason Griffith went into shock and nearly bled to death after admission to the hospital before he was taken to surgery. As a result, he suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest and brain damage. Jason lived for 13 months before dying of pneumonia.
The pretrial settlement demand was $2.25 million, and the offer from medical defendants was $300,000. The case was settled on the third day of trial for $2.5 million, with the medical defendants paying $1.15 million.
Pavlides v. Niles Gun Show
Stark County | $760,000 Jury Verdict
This “landmark case” received national media attention. The plaintiff was shot by a 14-year-old boy who earlier that day stole a handgun and purchased ammunition at a gun show sponsored by the defendant. “The $760,000 jury award is believed to be the first such verdict against a gun merchant in the country — and the latest in a series of legal developments stressing gun merchants’ responsibility to ensure that firearms don’t fall into the wrong hands.” — Wall Street Journal
Treadway v. Jones
Perry County | $425,000 Settlement
A $425,000 settlement on behalf of the family of a deceased hunter who was accidentally shot by a 14-year-old boy who was turkey hunting with his father. The evidence established that the boy and father failed to follow established “rules” for turkey hunting, including identifying a male turkey by visually spotting its red “beard.”
Filius v. Mossberg
Federal Court – Dayton | $145,000 Settlement
A $145,000 partial settlement against a shotgun manufacturer and shell distributor, alleging defects in the design and manufacture of a gun and the overpowering of shells due to inadequate quality control by a foreign manufacturer. A shell exploded, resulting in the loss of partial vision in one eye.