Grenade incident leads to claim against five companies

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Feb 10, 2017

TAMPA — Two people are suing Purple Shovel LLC, SkyBridge Tactical LLC, SkyBridge Resources LLC, Regulus Global LLC and Regulus Global Inc., citing alleged wrongful death, negligence, gross negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Zeicha Norwillo and Michael Dougherty filed a complaint in Hillsborough Circuit Court against the defendants, alleging that they failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of its workers.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on June 6, 2015, Dougherty and Ziecha Norwillo's husband/decedent, Francis Norwillo, were ordered by the defendants to inspect a rocket-propelled grenade at a weapons range in Bulgaria, procured by the defendants from a Bulgarian company, manufactured some 30 years earlier, when upon handling by Francis Norwillo and as Dougherty was standing next to him, the grenade suddenly exploded without warning, which instantly killed Mr. Norwillo and severely injured Mr. Dougherty. The plaintiffs also claim the defendants tried to cover up the facts of her husband's death from Ziecha Norwillo, and as a result, she suffered damages from the loss of support, companionship and protection, including mental pain and suffering, while Dougherty suffered severe and permanent injuries, disfigurement, mental anguish, and loss of ability to earn money. 

The plaintiffs holds the defendants responsible because the defendants allegedly caused substantial damages by procuring the knowingly defective and dangerous Bulgarian grenades, failed to protect their employees by ordering them to inspect an unstable grenade, and disregarded the consequences of what an unstable grenade could bring to their employees.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendants, damages, interest, cost, and further relief as the court deems just. They are represented by C. Steve Yerrid and David D. Dickey of The Yerrid Law Firm in Tampa and Kurt B. Arnold and Caj D. Boatright of Arnold & Itkin LLP in Houston.

Hillsborough Circuit Court Case number 16-cv-03471

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