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PRODUCTS LIABILITY the estate of an infant who died in a portable playpen settled its products liability suit for $2.6 million on July 17. Jared Adams, 8 months old, was kept in a Happy Camper Portable Play Yard. The playpen, manufactured by Evenflo Co. of Piqua, Ohio, had collapsible sides with locking joints along the top arms. While Jared was temporarily unattended in the playpen, the arms unlocked and the sides fell inward onto Jared, suffocating him. His estate sued Evenflo and Sears, Roebuck and Co. The playpen was purchased in a Sears store in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The defendants contended that the accident could have been prevented if the arms had been properly locked and the baby not left unattended. The settlement will be paid by Evenflo. Estate of Adams v. Evenflo Co. Inc., No. 98-L-11878 (Cook Co., Ill., Cir. Ct.). PLAINTIFFS’ ATTORNEYS: Shawn Kasserman and Daniel Kirschner, Corboy & Demetrio, Chicago DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Delbert Brehman, Moore, Maisel & Strickland, Chicago; Charles Risch, Lawrence, Kamin, Saunders & Uhlenhop, Chicago

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