3 settle injury lawsuits over Martha Stewart chair
By MICHAEL J. CRUMB Associated Press Published: Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 – 8:45 am
DES MOINES, Iowa — Three people whose fingers were snipped off or injured by Martha Stewart patio chairs have won settlements against her company and Kmart, which sold the furniture, their attorney said Thursday.
Des Moines attorney Guy Cook declined to say how much the three – a young girl in Kentucky, a college student in Illinois and a retiree in upstate New York – were awarded at the settlement conference in Chicago on Monday.
Their lawsuits claimed that the lounge chairs’ legs are defective and snap forward, “serving as a guillotine” for fingers and hands caught between the legs and the chair.