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CLINTON & CLINTON PREVAILS IN TEENAGER DROWNING CASE



Through a motion for summary judgment, Clinton & Clinton successfully extricated its client from a teenager drowning case. Clinton & Clinton’s client, a general contractor of a public swimming pool, was added as a cross-defendant by the public entity that owned and operated the pool on the theory that the general contractor’s negligence in the construction of the pool caused or contributed to the drowning. After extensive discovery, it became clear that the public entity had no information to support its claim against the general contractor and that the general contractor was only added to the lawsuit to contribute to a global multi-million dollar settlement. Refusing to contribute to a settlement, Clinton & Clinton, on behalf of the general contractor, filed a motion for summary judgment on the grounds (1) that the public entity had no information to support its claim, (2) that the public entity could only speculate that some unspecified “defect” in the pool caused or contributed to the drowning, and (3) that the decedent assumed the risk of drowning in the pool. By prevailing on the motion for summary judgment, Clinton & Clinton not only extricated its client from the high profile and costly case, but also placed its client in a position to recover much of its litigation costs. David A. Clinton, Esq. and Todd M. Austin, Esq. were the managing and handling attorneys for this matter.




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