In Cannioto vs. Louisville Ladder, Inc., Civil Action No.: 09-1892 TBM (M.D. Fla. 2011), the plaintiff was severely injured when he fell off of a 24 foot aluminum extension ladder manufactured by Louisville Ladder and sold by Home Depot. The plaintiff filed suit in the United District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, alleging that the manufacturer and the seller were strictly liable and negligent. The plaintiffs sought $5,000,000 in damages
Cannioto alleged that he climbed the extension ladder with the intent of securing the top of the ladder to the building. While he was in the process of securing the ladder, he alleged that the bottom rail of the ladder twisted and failed. This resulted in him falling a distance of 16 to 18 feet.