Matthews v. Lawnlite Co.
Supreme Court of Florida
88 So. 2d 299 (1956)
Gerald Matthews (plaintiff) was in a furniture store, shopping for a rocking chair. Matthews sat in a chair manufactured by Lawnlite Company (defendant) to test the chair. When Matthews wrapped his fingers around the front edge of the right armrest and began rocking, his middle finger was cut off by the moving parts under the armrest. The moving parts were necessary in order for the chair to rock. There was no notice provided that these parts were underneath the armrest. Matthews brought a design-defect suit against Lawnlite. The trial court granted Lawnlite’s motion to dismiss. Matthews appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Terrell, J.)
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