Frisco's Erin Brockovich Takes on the Kids Golf Industry
Maybe Hopefully you remember Chandler Jackson.
Quick refresher: Gifted 12-year-old Frisco boy tragically killed in a 2005 freak accident by a broken golf club in tiny-town Kentucky.
After almost four years of misery and mystery, Chandler's parents - Rick and Charmane - may this week get some closure. At the very least, they're having their day in court.
In the wake of their son's death - the jagged shaft of his 9-iron punctured his neck and nicked his artery - Charmane remained vigilant in extending her son's legacy by starting his namesake charity. She also, more impressively, doggedly pursued questions that law enforcement, investigators, family members and, yes, even reporters ultimately found impossible to answer.
First and foremost, how did her son die?
Today in Federal Court in Sherman, Charmane points a legal finger at global golf giant U.S. Kids Golf.
In U.S. Federal District Judge Michael H. Schneider's court, Charmane is suing the company in a wrongful death/product liability case that could revolutionize the way U.S. Kids and the childrens' sports industry manufactures, tests, regulates and markets golf clubs for kids.
The Jacksons' argument is that the club(s) Chandler used that fateful day weren't properly tested, were defective and ultimately failed, causing his death. U.S. Kids' owner Dan Van Horn contends Chandler improperly used his club, prompting the malfunction.
For now, the exact clubs Chandler was using remain available to the public.