In March 2018, John Knox of Williams Kastner in Seattle assisted national counsel and obtained a defense verdict in the USDC for the Western District of Washington on behalf of a manufacturer of riding lawn mowers. Plaintiff claimed significant bodily injury to his head, ribs, back, legs, and knees when he jumped from a mower after riding it down a hill on a public roadway. Plaintiff claimed that a zip tie found on the shift linkage underneath the mower must have caught on road debris and caused the transmission to shift into neutral unexpectedly. The defense presented evidence demonstrating that this was impossible, and that the Plaintiff himself shifted the mower into neutral and failed to control its speed while descending the hill. Defendant presented evidence, including expert engineering and accident reconstruction analyses, demonstrating that the transmission and brake worked as designed. The federal court jury returned a unanimous defense verdict finding that the Plaintiff failed to establish that a claimed defect in the product caused his injuries. Plaintiff did not appeal the verdict.