Product Liability Lawsuit Involving Fireplace Glass Front

Defense of Hearth and Grill Manufacturer in product liability lawsuit. Plaintiff’s minor son was injured when he came in contact with the hot glass front of a fireplace. The fireplace was manufactured and sold by a company that had gone bankrupt before the lawsuit was filed. Plaintiff sought to impose liability on Hearth and Grill Manufacturer because it had purchased certain assets of the bankrupt company even though those assets did not include the fireplace in question. Summary judgment granted in favor of Hearth and Grill Manufacturer on the ground that the asset purchase agreement precluded liability for products manufactured and sold by the bankrupt company prior to the asset purchase agreement.