Friday, February 10, 2006

Time to settle.

It seems that Wal-Mart and a bike importer are being sued, on the basis that they've knowingly distributed "bikes whose front wheels have a tendency to fall off because of faulty quick-release levers.

Well, Wal-Mart, as part of its defense, gave the jury a bike so that jurors could get familiar with the bike doohickey at issue. It seems that 5 hours after the jurors began deliberations, the deliberations stopped as "the forewoman explained to a Marin County judge how a quick-release lever on a bicycle had broken off in the jury room."

Oops. On the other hand, it's fairly easy to argue that Wal-Mart didn't "knowingly" sell faulty bikes -- would you knowingly give a faulty bike to this jury?

UPDATE: The jury found in favor of Wal-Mart!!!


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