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Alabama Prisoner’s Estate Loses Product Liability Suit

Louis Horn, an Alabama state prisoner, was killed by three other prisoners who picked his cell door lock and beat him to death. His estate filed a product liability case in state court against Southern Steel Co., the firm that made the lock. The Court precluded the estate's expert, Frank Erbaschole, a prison construction expert, from testifying, which gutted the estate's case. The court then entered a directed verdict for Southern Steel. See: Horn v. Southern Steel Co., AL Circuit Court at Mobile, Case No. 01-1511 (2003).

Horn’s estate appealed, but the Court of Civil Appeals affirmed in a one-word opinion. See: Horn v. Southern Steel Co., 921 So.2d 476 (Ala.Civ.App. 2004).

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Horn v. Southern Steel Co.