Norton v. Snapper Power Equipment
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
806 F.2d 1545 (11th Cir. 1987)
Norton was operating a Snapper lawnmower as part of his commercial lawn mowing business. The lawnmower began to slide backward as Norton neared the top of an incline, and Norton and the mower crashed into a creek, where Norton’s hand was severely injured in the lawnmower blade. Norton (plaintiff) sued Snapper Power Equipment (Snapper) (defendant), and at the conclusion of Norton’s case Snapper moved for a directed verdict. The court dismissed Norton’s negligence and warranty claims and sent the strict liability claim to the jury. When the jury returned a verdict favorable to Norton, the trial judge entered judgment notwithstanding the verdict, concluding that the jury could not have found the lawnmower defective.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Clark, J.)
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