Clark Hill’s defense counsel team which included Mel Karfis, Stephanie Anderson, Bishop Bartoni, Vince Roskovensky, and Lisa Eldridge recently obtained a directed verdict in a treestand products liability jury trial pending in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, PA). Plaintiff fell 30 feet from a treestand sustaining serious injuries rendering him a paraplegic. Plaintiff alleged that a treestand sold by the client/retailer failed to provide all the necessary components to safely install and use the treestand. Defendant responded that it did provide all the necessary components that would have been supplied by the manufacturer. Defendant further argued that even if the Plaintiff did not receive all the necessary parts and components, Plaintiff had full knowledge that he was allegedly missing parts and made a conscious decision to replace various components with unauthorized replacements. During trial, defense counsel effectively cross-examined the Plaintiff, the Plaintiff’s fact witnesses, as well as the Plaintiff’s engineers. After the close of the Plaintiff’s proofs, Defendant moved for directed verdict alleging that Plaintiff had failed to establish a prima facie case that the client/retailer sold a defective treestand and, in the alternative, the Plaintiff had assumed the risk because cross-examination at trial had revealed the Plaintiff had full knowledge that he was alleging missing vital components and knowingly used unauthorized replacement parts in an improper manner causing his fall. The trial court agreed and granted Defendants’ motion for directed verdict dismissing the case.
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Lisa C. Eldridge
Lisa Carney Eldridge litigates business disputes in state and federal court in a wide range of commercial litigation and employment-related matters.
She represents defendants and plaintiffs in breach of contract claims, commercial fraud and business tort litigation, employment matters involving covenants not to compete or solicit, and misappropriation of confidential business information. She also handles intellectual property claims, RICO and ERISA employee benefits litigation.
Lisa also handles the defense of products liability cases in state and federal court, with an emphasis on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and distributors. She is familiar working within multi-district and multi-county mass tort litigation. Lisa has also litigated a variety of transportation matters including cases involving federal preemption and removal issues and defends personal injury cases on behalf of corporate clients and/or insurance companies.
On behalf of her clients, Lisa has managed bench and jury trials, injunction hearings, and arbitrations. She has also argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit as well as in various federal and state courts.
Lisa regularly counsels clients on issues relating to actual or anticipated litigation related to business disputes and employment matters. She will collaborate with her clients to explore creative ways to avoid litigation, if possible, but is confident in handling matters through trial and on appeal. Lisa is a member of the Firm’s Appellate Practice committee.
After 3 ½ years, the dogged prosecution of nine separate federal and state lawsuits In Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and two late night closings, all involving seemingly intractable fraudulent transfer and lien priority issues, a multi-disciplinary team of Clark Hill lawyers recently concluded a massive commercial loan work-out for our Bank client that resulted in the recovery of substantially the entire eight figure, 10 year old debt owed by the Bank’s most recalcitrant borrower, with significant contributions from his foreign partners.