Robot Maker Escapes Liability In Fatal Auto Factory Accident

Law360 (August 27, 2019, 6:04 PM EDT) -- An industrial robot maker has escaped a lawsuit brought by a man whose wife was killed by a malfunctioning robot in an auto parts plant in Michigan after a federal judge ruled that none of the defendant company's machines were involved.

U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney said in an order Monday granting Nachi Robotics Systems Inc. summary judgment that the situation was one of the "extraordinary circumstances" where a defendant can be effectively dismissed from a lawsuit before discovery, finding that none of plaintiff William Holbrook's claims were likely to stick to Nachi, one of five defendants in the case....

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