St. Valentines Day Mass-acre - Feb 14th 1997
Judge Jack Weinstein gives Sunmed a thumbs up.
April 30th - Judgement issued against Sunmed et al
April 27, 1998 - Retrial begins before Judge Weinstein. Geressy consolidated
with 11 other keyboard cases against DEC.
April 29, 1997 - U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein throws out Geressy's
$5.3 million jury verdict, citing new evidence that the plaintiff failed to
disclose a neck condition. Weinstein also upheld $274,000 award to Rotolo
and threw out $302,000 award to Jackson, citing the statute of limitation
Dec. 9, 1996 - A federal jury in New York orders Digital Equipment Corp. to
pay almost $6 million to three women who charged the keyboard maker with
manufacturing a product that led to their disabling arm and wrist injuries.
Patricia Geressy, a secretary for the Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey, won more than $5.3 million; Jill Jackson, a legal secretary, was
awarded $302,000; and Janet Rotolo, a hospital billing clerk, $274,000.
N.Y. jury rejects keyboard liability in DEC case
Verdict challenges sufferers, ergonomics industry for proof
While it might not be the stake in the heart for keyboard liability
lawsuits, Digital Equipment Corp.'s sweeping victory over nine women in a
New York federal court last month certainly has the ergonomics and sufferer
community searching for answers.
An 11-member jury exonerated Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) - now owned by
Compaq Computer Corp. - of any liability for the pain, suffering and
injuries allegedly to have been caused from defective and dangerous computer
DEC keyboards. The nine plaintiffs, who were seeking more than $11.4 million
in damages, claimed two of DEC's keyboards were at fault for their injuries
and that the company failed to warn of the potential cumulative trauma