Mr. Collins obtained a mulitmillion dollar settlement (The amount
of the settlement is protected from disclosure by a confidentiality
agreement, against Garden Way.) In this case, an airline mechanics
right hand was partially amputated by a chipper-shredding machine.
The law firm was able to establish that the chipper-shredder was
defective, as it inconsistently had a tendency to pull partially-extruded
material back into the cutting chamber from the debris that shot
out of the grinder. Garden Way knew of the problem and had replicated
it in tests, but the corporation made a decision not to warn the
public of the defect.