Joe Cardile and Mike Burgoyne win directed verdict in furnace fire case.
May 23, 2018
Representing the HVAC contractor, Attorneys Cardile and Burgoyne pursued an alternative theory for the origin and cause of the fire through their own experts. They also challenged the failure of Nationwide’s fire investigator to follow NFPA 1033 and NFA 921, and to preserve the scene for other investigators. Motions in limine were denied, but at trial, the Court permitted cross examination on issues of spoliation of evidence. Following a five-day jury trial, and after a motion made by Attorney Cardile, the Court entered judgment for the defendant contactor. The motion was based upon Nationwide’s failure to prove when the safety switch had been bypassed, which in turn meant a failure on the part of Nationwide to establish any duty on the part of Attorney Cardile’s client.
Questions about this case can be directed to Joe Cardile, at (410) 653-0460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.