Kirksey v. Schindler Elevator Corporation et al
Order entered as further set out re: 152 Plaintiff's Amended Deposition Designations and 153 Defendants' Response to Amended Deposition Designations. Signed by Chief Judge William H. Steele on 2/14/2017. (mbp)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
CORPORATION, et al.,
CIVIL ACTION 15-0115-WS-N
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff’s Amended Deposition Designations
(doc. 152) filed on February 11, 2017; and Defendants’ Response to Plaintiff’s Amended
Deposition Designations (doc. 153) filed on February 13, 2017. In resolving issues of
admissibility of the designated deposition excerpts, the Court has also considered Defendants’
Objections and Counter-Designations (doc. 139, Exh. 3B) filed as an exhibit to the Joint Pretrial
Document, as well as defense counsel’s arguments made in open court during the first two days
Defendants’ objections are sustained as to the following deposition excerpts designated
Todd Lemmert Deposition 1/22/16 Volume 1, p. 61 line 7 through p. 62, line 8
(part of excerpt #9 for this witness in plaintiff’s Amended Designations). Plaintiff
cannot present testimony discussing specifics of these other falls because she has
not shown that these incidents satisfy the legal standard for substantial similarity
as discussed on pages 2 through 6 of this Court’s Order (doc. 143) entered on
December 6, 2016.
David Evans Deposition Volume 1, p. 27 line 17 through p. 28 line 6 (excerpt #6
and part of excerpt #7 for this witness). This testimony is not relevant because it
relates to alternative designs currently offered by Schindler, rather than alternative
designs during the 1996-1997 period when Schindler manufactured and installed
the subject escalator.
David Evans Deposition Volume 1, p. 33 line34 through line 6 and p. 39 line 1
through line 4 (part of excerpt #12 and excerpt #13 for this witness). This
testimony is not relevant because of the same temporal problem with regard to
plaintiff’s claims against Schindler.
David Evans Deposition Volume 1, p. 49 line 7 through p. 50 line 17 and p. 58
line 20 through line 24 (excerpts #23, #24, #25, #26, #27, and #28 for this
witness). This testimony lacks any reference to time frame that is necessary to
establish its relevance to these proceedings. Plaintiff’s claims against Schindler
are limited to the time frame of 1996-1997. What Schindler may or may not have
done since then to address the issue of escalator falls, and what knowledge it may
have developed after that time period concerning alternative designs, is not
relevant to any claim joined for trial.
David Evans Deposition Volume 1, p. 109 line 19 through p. 110 line 25 and p.
111 line 10 through line 22 (excerpts #35, #36, #37 and #38 for this witness).
This testimony is not relevant to any issue joined for trial. Plaintiff does not
assert any triable claims against Schindler for negligent or wanton failure to
retrofit the subject escalator. Whether a guarding device is “possible” for “new
installations” today says nothing about whether such a device was “possible”
during the relevant 1996-1997 time frame.
Vincent Robibero Deposition 2/8/16 Volume 1, p. 41 line 17 through p. 42 line 4,
and p. 47 line 5 through p. 47 line 11 (part of excerpt #1 and all of excerpts #2, #3
and #4 for this witness). Again, what Schindler may or may not have done since
1997 to address the issue of escalator falls or to design fall protection for
escalators is not relevant to any claim joined or trial.
John Dull Deposition 2/8/16 Volume 1, p. 18 line 23 through p. 22 line 7, p. 25
line 19 through p. 26 line 5, and p. 30 line 21 through p. 31 line 20 (parts of
excerpt #2 and all of excerpts #3, #4, #5 and #6 for this witness). As to Gilbert,
Caler and Vellanti falls, this testimony is cumulative. As to Carroll fall (Garden
State Race Track), no showing of substantial similarity within the meaning of this
Court’s prior rulings has been made (witness equivocated as to whether Carroll
fell over the side of an escalator and identified no other points of similarity to
Jakobe Kirksey’s fall), so not admissible to show that a defect or dangerous
condition existed. Schindler’s knowledge or lack of knowledge of a defect or
dangerous condition post-1997 is irrelevant to issues joined for trial.
John Dull Deposition 2/8/16 Volume 1, p. 47 line 7 through p. 49 line 5 (excerpt
#12 and part of excerpt #13 for this witness). This testimony is not relevant
because it relates to intoxicated ridership of escalators, which is not at issue in this
The foregoing deposition excerpts are excluded from trial.
In all other respects, defendants’ objections are overruled and the subject video
deposition excerpts may be played to the jury as part of plaintiff’s case in chief.
DONE and ORDERED this 14th day of February, 2017.
s/ WILLIAM H. STEELE
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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