Vernon J. Gregson, Jr. v. Office Depot Inc.

(Client: OneBeacon Insurance)

The Firm won summary judgment for a major commercial property insurer and its insured, an anti-theft alarm manufacturer. Plaintiff claimed that, while shopping in one of the big-box stores, an alarm protecting a cell phone display was set off for several minutes, causing him to suffer from a rare hearing disorder that caused ordinary sounds to be painful to him. On March 6, 2012, Judge Henry Sullivan agreed with the defendants’ argument that plaintiff could not prove that the alarm was defective or that it caused his alleged hearing damage. Judge Sullivan granted summary judgment, dismissing plaintiff’s claims in their entirety.