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Monday, February 04, 2013

Widow of Cory Lidle ordered to pay court costs after losing suit v aircraft maker

2/4/13, "Yankee widow 80-grand slammed in crash suit," NY Post, Bruce Golding

"The widow of late Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle is crying foul after being ordered to pay more than $80,000 for losing a suit over the private-plane crash into a Manhattan high-rise that killed her husband.

“It’s an injustice compounded on an injustice,” said lawyer Todd Macaluso, who represents Melanie Lidle.

Lawyers for aircraft maker Cirrus Design Corp. won a judgment for court costs against Melanie and Stephanie Stanger, whose husband, professional pilot Tyler Stanger, also died in the 2006 Upper East Side wreck.

It’s unclear if Cirrus will also seek to recoup its huge legal fees for successfully battling the women’s product-liability claims.

The tragic widows alleged that defects in the design of Cory Lidle’s Cirrus SR20 caused its controls to lock up during a U-turn over the East River.

A Manhattan federal jury took just three hours to clear the company in 2011, and an appeals court unanimously upheld the verdict last month.

Macaluso blamed the outcome on pretrial rulings that kept jurors from learning that Cirrus recalled all its SR20’s and changed the manufacturing process after the deadly incident. Lawyers for Cirrus didn’t return requests for comment."

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