West Alabama Timber has filed a lawsuit against Catepillar, Inc. and Thompson Tractor, Inc. because of the injuries and damages suffered as a result of a defective skidder.

The lawsuit filed against Catepillar, Inc. and Thompson Tractor, Inc. alleges negligence, wantonness and breach of warranty.

In March of 2001, an agent representing Thompson Tractor, Inc. and Catepillar sold West Alabama Timber a model 525 skidder. The representative for Thompson Tractor, Inc. and Catepillar assured the plaintiff from West Alabama Timber that the skidder in question was fully capable to operate in the capacity for which it was intended and was free from defect.

“Following the purchase of the skidder, West Alabama Timber began to experience numerous problems with the skidders’ hydraulic systems, transmission and engine,” said Mike Crow, attorney with Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. “The distributors were repeatedly notified on various occasions of these problems but were unable to correct the defects. As a result, West Alabama Timber was forced to sustain damages due to the excessive down time and significant increase in repairs.”

West Alabama Timber is being represented by Michael Crow of Beasley, Allen Law Firm in Montgomery, AL.

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