Our client v. manufacturer of fireworks device

Confidential settlement. Our client was a man in his 40's from Fremont, California. For the 4th of July he bought some safe and sane fireworks with the intention of lighting them in his Fremont neighborhood with his children. One of the devices he bought was a Screaming Meemie. When you lit it made a very shrill and loud noise. The plaintiff lit the Screaming Meemie in the street in front of his house and the noise was so loud that it permanently injured his hearing. The defense argued that he had sustained some hearing loss from attending rock concerts as a teenager but plaintiff's medical expert and acoustical engineer proved that the device had the intensity and duration to cause a significant high frequency hearing loss.