Jared Schneider Secures Favorable Appellate Court Ruling

Jared A. Schneider

Jared Schneider secured a favorable appellate court ruling in the First District in a case involving an airplane that crashed, killing the four occupants onboard. The plaintiff claimed the aircraft was negligently entrusted by the defendants to the pilot-in-command. The plaintiff alleged that the pilot was inexperienced and not competent to fly that particular aircraft at night and in inclement weather. Summary judgment for the defendants was obtained based on the argument that no genuine issue of material fact existed as to whether the entrustment of the aircraft was a proximate cause of the crash. The appellate court agreed and affirmed the trial court’s ruling when it determined that the evidence in the summary judgment record failed to demonstrate the existence of a genuine issue of material fact about whether the defendants’ negligent entrustment of the aircraft to the pilot was a proximate cause of the crash in which the plaintiff’s decedent was killed.