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Barab v. Menford

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
98 F.R.D. 455 (1983)


Barab (plaintiff) sued Menford (defendant) for injuries she received after slipping on a doormat at an inn operated by Menford. Menford filed a third-party claim against Channel Home Centers, Inc. (Channel) (third-party defendant), asserting that Channel had sold Menford the doormat and was obligated to fully indemnify Menford for any liability established in Barab’s action. Channel denied that it had sold the doormat to Menford and sought to implead Joy Plastics, Inc. (Joy) as the actual supplier of the doormat. Channel’s motion to implead Joy was made fairly late in the trial process, allegedly because Channel had earlier lacked information establishing Joy as the true supplier. There was no relationship between Channel and Joy. The court considered Channel’s motion, which was unopposed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Van Artsdalen, J.)

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