On April 10, 2014, a Middletown, NJ mechanic settled his New Jersey products liability lawsuit for $2.1 million. The product at issue was a machine used to move barriers on highway construction projects. It was alleged that the machine was defective insofar as it created a catch-hazard that caught plaintiff’s foot while he was climbing down from the vehicle. Plaintiff tore the peroneal tendon in his ankle, required multiple surgeries with installation of a plate and screws, and later had the ankle fused. Plaintiff’s limited use of his ankle prevented him from returning to work.