The Case of the Faulty Combine

Date: October 26, 2008

Farmer Brown had saved up for years to buy his super-duper combine complete with rice unloading auger, spread straw chopper, grain bin extension, intake screen and many extras. Farmer Brown was the envy of every other farmer in the area.

But the first day that Farmer Brown used his combine, he noticed that it seemed to make a funny noise and shift out of gear on its own. Farmer Brown consulted with Crafty Carl, a neighbor. Crafty Carl was a local legend when it came to any type of farm equipment maintenance and/or repair. It didn\’t take Crafty Carl long to come to the conclusion that there was a manufacturing defect in the gear box.

Farmer Brown contacted the manufacturing company, Red Bolt Company, out of Iowa. Red Bolt responded that the combine was fine and that Farmer Brown simply did not know how to operate it.

Farmer Brown had no choice but to sue Red Bolt. At the trial Red Bolt produced their expert mechanical engineer, Dr. Wolfgang Windbreaker, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Farmer Brown would use as his expert, Crafty Carl.

The trial lasted a week. Red Bolt challenged Crafty Carl\’s credentials but the Judge allowed Crafty Carl to testify as an expert based upon his 60 plus years of working on virtually every type of farm equipment there was.

The jury came back with a verdict for Farmer Brown awarding him the full purchase price of the combine. When Crafty Carl was asked about the quality of testimony of Dr. Windbreaker, Crafty Carl simply responded that the doctor was an expert in artificial stupidity. It seems Dr. Windbreaker never rode in a combine in his life. The jury foreman would describe Dr. Windbreaker as “all foam…no beer”.

Analytical Alice, Carl\’s wife, who observed the trial, pitched in with her opinion that Dr. Windbreaker was “a few peas short of a casserole”.

Red Bolt took an appeal to the Superior Court, and in the Decision of the Superior Court, they concluded that the jury accepted horse sense over bull.

Joe Price
Attorney Joe Price is a seasoned Trial Lawyer serving Northeast, Central and Southeast Pennsylvania for the past forty (40) years. He has handled serious personal injury cases in courts throughout the Federal system including New Jersey and New York. Attorney Price is A.V. Rated by Martindale Hubble. He is Board Certified in Civil Practice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1996.