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Feldman Shepherd Files Lawsuit Against IKEA

Alan Feldman and team are taking on IKEA in the death of another toddler due to a dresser tip-over

June 21, 2018

Philadelphia, PA –  June 21, 2018 – The law firm of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Weinstock & Dodig LLP has filed a lawsuit against IKEA on behalf of a 2-year-old California boy who was fatally injured after an IKEA MALM three drawer dresser fell on top of him. IKEA knew of many injuries and deaths associated with tip-overs of the MALM line of dressers prior to the boy’s death, but failed to take adequate measures to improve the safety and stability of the dressers, according to the lawsuit.  IKEA dressers had been recalled in 2016 as part of one of the largest consumer recalls in United States history.  The recall occurred only after Feldman Shepherd had filed lawsuits on behalf of two families whose children were killed by MALM dressers tip-overs.

On May 24, 2017, Jozef Dudek was put down for a nap by his father in their home in Buena Park, California. When he returned to his son’s bedroom to check on him, he found Jozef under the dresser.

The Complaint, filed on June 18, 2018 in IKEA’s American corporate home in Pennsylvania, asserts that IKEA failed to design the MALM dresser to comply with recognized industry tip-over testing standards, and that IKEA did not sufficiently publicize the recall which would have alerted consumers who owned the dressers of the dangers associated with continued use.

The litigation is led by Feldman Shepherd product liability attorneys Alan M. Feldman, Daniel J. Mann and Edward S. Goldis, who also represented the families of three other children who suffered fatal injuries caused by MALM dresser tip-overs: Curren Collas of West Chester, Pennsylvania; Camden Ellis of Snohomish, Washington; and Ted McGee of Apple Valley, Minnesota.

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As part of the $50 million settlement of the three cases, IKEA agreed to redesign its dressers to comply with tip-over stability standards, but millions of the unsafe older model dressers remain in the homes of consumers around the country.

Alan Feldman said “We hope the preventable tragedy suffered by Jozef Dudek and his family motivates IKEA to make a much greater effort to have these dangerous products removed from childrens’ bedrooms.

To download a copy of the complaint click here 

Mr. Feldman and his team have been involved in other cases where products that were eventually recalled caused serious injury or death to young children, including INFANTINO baby slings and Magnetix play toys.  Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP has recovered some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and several other states across the country. The firm represents plaintiffs in significant personal injury and complex civil litigation including medical malpractice, birth injury, motor vehicle accidents, defective products, and crashworthiness claims.

Inquiries please contact attorneys: Alan M. Feldman: afeldman@feldmanshepherd.com or Daniel J. Mann: dmann@feldmanshepherd.com  or via phone at: 215-567-8300