On February 4, 2022, the Hon. Joseph Dawson III of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina accepted the arguments made by Littleton Park to exclude the testimony of plaintiffs’ proffered firearms expert and granted summary judgment in Frankenberry v. Sig Sauer, Inc. Plaintiff sustained a gunshot wound to his right leg after his P320 pistol discharged as he was returning the unholstered pistol to his waistband after using the restroom. Plaintiff sued alleging the pistol discharged without the trigger being pulled due to various manufacturing defects.
Agreeing with Littleton Park, Judge Dawson ruled that Plaintiff’s expert was precluded from testifying because he was not qualified to offer the opinions he sought to give; his methodology was unreliable and his opinions were unsound. Without the testimony of Plaintiff’s expert, Judge Dawson held that Plaintiffs could not prove a defect or causation and, therefore, could not sustain their case.
Partners Keith Gibson and Kristen Dennison led the Littleton Park team, along with associate Charles Gilliam-Brownlee.