Lawsuit Filed for Wired Glass Injury in Illinois School

A lawsuit, similar to that filed by Jarred Abel in Oregon in 2001, has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County (Illinois) seeking damages for injury sustained when a student fell through a gym door containing wired glass.

Morse Glass and Plastics Co. Inc. (as well as a number of primary glass manufacturers and their subsidiaries and others) is being sued by Lloyd Smith McGee, who was a student at East Aurora High School on March 7, 2001, when the incident allegedly occurred.

The suit, for personal injury (product liability) was filed November 19, 2004, and, according to sources, all parties have been served so the next step is for each to respond and then the discovery process begins.

All the international manufacturers of wired glass are being named in the suit because the plaintiff said the specific product used could not be identified.

The complaint sites Morse Glass for distributing, selling and installing the glass that was "unreasonably dangerous."
When contacted, Ron Morse, owner of the company named in the suit, said that he was unaware of it.

"It's news to me and it doesn't sound like good news. I knew there had been a suit against the school district. I had heard about that last November, but I was not named in that suit and this is the first I've heard of this." He said that the school district had spoken with him about the suit filed against it.

USGNN was unable to find any information about a lawsuit against the school district. However, in the court documents Morse Glass filings are by the same law firm which represents Bradley & Bradley, the firm named in the suit.

Defendants in the lawsuit are:

Morse Glass and Plastics Co. Inc., Cordogan, Clark & Associates, Bradley & Bradley Architects & Engineers P.C., Pilkington Glass Ltd., Pilkington North America Inc., Asahi Glass Co. Ltd., Asahi Glass America Inc., Central Glass Co. Ltd., Nippon Sheet Glass Co. Ltd., Nippon Electric Glass America Inc., United Glass Corp., AFG Industries Inc., AFGD Inc., Oldcastle Glass Inc. and CRH plc.

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