Ikea agreed to settle three wrongful death claims for $50 million, in which three toddlers were killed by IKEA furniture tip-overs. The Swedish company finally recalled 29 million unsafe chests and dressers June 28, 2016.
The firm of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP in Philadelphia represents the families of three toddlers.
The families of Curren, Camden and Ted retained attorney Alan M. Feldman of the Feldman Shepherd firm. Together with his partners Daniel J. Mann and Edward S. Goldis, lawsuits were commenced against IKEA - the manufacturer of the MALM dressers - asserting that the unsafe design of the dressers rendered them inherently unstable and easily tipped over. The lawsuits further contended that IKEA had consistently refused to meet voluntary national safety standards for
The lawsuits further contended that IKEA had consistently refused to meet voluntary national safety standards for stability of chests and dressers, which other American furniture companies had embraced. The evidence developed in the cases showed that IKEA was aware of other deaths and injuries arising from furniture tip-overs that failed to meet minimum safety standards, but nevertheless refused to re-design its furniture products to be more stable and tip-resistant.
It was not until after the death of Ted McGee that IKEA finally agreed to stop the sale of its defective furniture and recall the MALM and other models of chests and dressers which failed to meet minimum standards for safety and stability.
Following a two-day mediation before retired Federal Magistrate Judge Diane Welsh of JAMS, a nationally recognized mediator for complex civil cases, the parties announced an agreement today to settle all three wrongful death claims for $50 million, to be evenly divided among the three families. In addition, as part of the settlement IKEA has further agreed as follows:
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