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PRODUCTS LIABILITY a guest of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in San Francisco who, while attempting to open a faux door of an armoire in his room, struck his right eye, unsuccessfully sued both the hotel and Drexel Heritage, the armoire manufacturer. Victor D’Amore, 47, claimed that the accident caused a detached retina, requiring reattachment. Drexel Heritage, High Point, N.C., denied the design-defect claim, noting that despite the presence of 303 such armoires in the hotel over 10 years, with more than 1 million users, this was the first reported accident of its kind. The hotel denied a premises liability claim, contending that it had no prior notice. On May 30, a California jury found for the defendants. D’Amore v. Ritz Carlton, No. 01CC16169 (Orange Co., Calif., Super. Ct.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY: Sylvio Natale, Nelson & Natale, Los Angeles DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Dan Doyle, D’Antony Poliquin & Doyle, Laguna Hills, Calif.; James C. Fraser, Law Office of Patrick Whalen, South Coast Metro, Calif.

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