Texas Justices Urged To Undo Injured Repairman's $15M Win

Law360 (October 6, 2020, 4:33 PM EDT) -- Two air conditioning parts manufacturers urged the Texas Supreme Court in oral argument on Tuesday to wipe out a $15 million verdict for a technician who was engulfed in flames when a compressor exploded and ignited, arguing that he knew of the risk.

Emerson Electric Co., which does business as Fusite, and Emerson Climate Technologies argued that technician Clarence Johnson, a repairman with more than 30 years of experience on the job, knew that the risk of terminal venting — the sudden expulsion of pressurized fluids from a compressor — was high enough that he warned his assistant to stand aside. Therefore,...

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