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Defendant to appeal lawnmower verdict

It’s been a long journey for the parties in the case of Simmons v. MTD and the end is not in sight. 4-year-old Justin Simmons was killed by a riding lawnmower in 2004. In 2006, a Roanoke jury returned a $2 million verdict against the maker of the lawnmower. The defendant promptly moved to set aside the verdict, arguing that the alleged defect was present on every other riding lawnmower. In February, Circuit Judge Clifford Weckstein denied the motion and upheld the verdict. Now, the defendant has noted an appeal. With accrued interest, the appeal bond is set at $2.65 million according to the Roanoke Times.

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