Chapman et al v. Tristar Products, Inc., No. 1:2016cv01114 - Document 120 (N.D. Ohio 2017)

Court Description: Opinion & Order signed by Judge James S. Gwin on 7/9/17 denying plaintiffs' motion to exclude Eric Theiss from testifying at trial. (Related Doc. 117 ) (D,MA)
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Chapman et al v. Tristar Products, Inc. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO ------------------------------------------------------: KENNETH CHAPMAN et. al., : : Plaintiffs, : : v. : : TRISTAR PRODUCTS, INC., : : Defendant. : : ------------------------------------------------------- Doc. 120 CASE NO. 1:16-CV-1114 OPINION & ORDER [Resolving Doc. 117] JAMES S. GWIN, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE: Plaintiffs Kenneth Chapman, Jessica Vennel, and Jason Jackson bought pressure cookers (“Cookers”) from Defendant Tristar.1 Plaintiffs sued Tristar, alleging that the Defendant’s Cookers have a design defect that “allows users to open the pressure cooker while [the pressure cooker] still contains a significant and dangerous amount of pressure.”2 At trial this week, Defendant Tristar plans to call Eric Theiss to testify about the Cookers’ value.3 Eric Theiss is a QVC pitchman for Tristar’s Cookers. Plaintiffs now move to exclude Theiss’s testimony.4 When Plaintiffs deposed Theiss, Plaintiffs asked Theiss to assume the Cookers had a defect. Theiss responded that he had no opinion on the hypothetically defective Cookers’ value.5 Plaintiffs argue that Theiss’s deposition answers should preclude him from testifying at trial to the Cookers’ value.6 1 Doc. 1 ¶¶ 35-46. Id. ¶ 33. 3 Doc. 88-1 at 3. 4 Doc. 117. Defendant opposes. Doc. 118. 5 Doc. 117 at 2. 6 Id. 2 Case No. 1:16-CV-1114 Gwin, J. The Court declines to exclude Theiss’s testimony at trial. Even if Theiss is uncertain as to the exact value of hypothetically defective Cookers, he appears to have information as to the value customers receive from the Cookers.7 Of course, Plaintiffs may use Theiss’s deposition to impeach him at trial if Theiss offers inconsistent testimony. Accordingly, the Court DENIES Plaintiffs’ motion to exclude Eric Theiss from testifying at trial. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: July 9, 2017 7 s/ James S. Gwin JAMES S. GWIN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE Doc. 118 at 1. -2-