District Court Holds Contractor Not Liable for Army Helicopter Pilot's Paralysis and Confirms Continuing Viability of Government Contractor Defense

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In Linfoot v. McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co., the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee granted McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co.’s (“MDHC”) motion for summary judgment dismissing failure to warn claims arising out of the crash of an AH-6M model helicopter being piloted by Gary Linfoot during a mission south of Baghdad, Iraq. The court’s decision provides an interesting analysis of failure to warn claims, and also reaffirms the continuing vitality of the government contractor defense.

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