Keith Gaston and Bruce Jones were successful in obtaining summary judgment for a major trucking company and its driver as to the plaintiffs’ negligence claims in a significant personal injury case arising out of a multiple vehicle collision in northern Indiana. The case was pending in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana.
The case arose from a chain-reaction traffic accident in which plaintiff was injured. Multiple defendants were named (including the trucking company) and the defendants were in disagreement as to which driver collided with a vehicle first. Ultimately, the Court agreed that another defendant did not have standing to challenge the trucking company’s motion for summary judgment when the plaintiffs in the matter did not oppose the motion. The Court stated that standing to challenge a motion for summary judgment is a procedural question governed by federal law, held that the other defendant’s reliance on Indiana state law precedence was unavailing, and refused to consider their arguments in opposition the trucking company’s motion for summary judgment. The Court found that the trucking company and another defendant presented undisputed evidence that another driver caused the subject accident. As a result, the Court granted summary judgment to the trucking company and dismissed them with prejudice.