Product LiabilityPrint

Each of our partners has substantial trial experience in product liability cases. We have developed broad expertise in the technical and legal aspects of product liability claims, and we utilize this expertise to provide a cost-effective and reasoned approach to these lawsuits.

We have represented a major Defendant in virtually every piece of industry-wide litigation. A sample of cases we have tried includes the following products:

Carding machine
Carnival ride
Caustic cleaning solution
Ceramic cookware
Coffee makers
Computer keyboards
Diving platform
Engine lathe
Exploding barrels
High-pressure Water Jetting Equipment
Industrial Laundry Dryer
Laboratory hotplate (electric)
Milling machine
Oil Filter
Ping-pong table
Printing press
Reclining, swivel-base chair
Sick Buildings
Steel reinforcing rod
Stoneware and glass plates
Swimming pools
Tennis-ball practice machine
Textile warping machine

Damages tried include the entire personal-injury spectrum, wrongful death, disembowelment, personal injury and property damage, including both compensatory and punitive-damage claims. We also have tried a number of cases in the areas of negligent security, liquor liability, construction, motor vehicle and premises liability.

Much of this work has been at the retention of insurance carriers, but we frequently represent self-insured and uninsured manufacturers and other companies, and occasionally provide a shared-cost defense for several Defendants or carriers in the same litigation. Our practice also includes advice in product liability prevention, including warnings and instructions.

Our experience has given us tremendous knowledge of manufacturing systems and processes, and the great range of regulations, such as OSHA and state regulations, governing safety in a variety of workplaces. We also frequently have encountered voluntary standards applicable to various types of products, such as those promulgated by ANSI, ASTM, and other organizations. Finally, we have worked with a large number of technical experts--engineers, human factors experts, and others--who provide helpful direction in the development of the defense of a lawsuit, and sometimes-necessary expert testimony at trial.