Hilario v. Newell Recycling of Atlanta


08/25/15 – 09/03/15


Erik Hilario, age 19, was working at Newell Recycling's East Point facility when he died in a fire. His parents brought the suit against various related corporate entries. He was working on a machine that punched holes in gas tanks to drain them before recycling. Plaintiffs allege that gasoline leaked out into sawdust where Hilario was standing. There are both product and premises liability claims in the case. Defendants claim the case is a worker's comp case, but the judge has ruled that the question of just which entity was Hilario's employer at the time is for the jury.


Verdict for plaintiff:

Compensatory damages

Estate of Erik Hilario for pain and suffering $8,250,000
Hilario's parents for his wrongful death: $21,000,000

TOTAL: $29,250,000.

The jury also found plaintiffs were entitled to punitive damages, but the parties reached a confidential settlement on punitive damages before hearing evidence.

Jury found that Erik Hilario was an employee of Newell Recycling, LLC, at the time of his death.

Jury found against defendant Newell Recycling of Atlanta, Inc., on issue of product liability both for negligent design and failure to warn.


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