Areas of Practice

Product Liability Defense


The Firm has extensive experience protecting the interests of a wide array of manufacturers in product liability litigation. The Firm regularly appears as trial counsel for its clients in serious product liability cases in Maryland and the surrounding states. Moreover, since the latter part of the 1980's, the Firm has served as national coordinating counsel for various companies in mass tort and other "pattern" litigation, utilizing the latest in computer and communications technologies to manage and coordinate a nationwide network of local counsel in virtually every state, plus Canada and the Caribbean islands. In addition to courtroom representation, the Firm also provides counseling to its manufacturer clients on product liability risk management issues. The Firm's members regularly publish and lecture on product liability and allied procedural topics, and have briefed and argued many of the significant appellate decisions that have shaped the development and contours of Maryland product liability law. Our lawyers have long been actively involved both locally and nationally in product liability and other tort reform efforts, assisting clients with position papers, legislative drafting, and providing testimony before legislative and other rule-making authorities. Members of the Firm have been elected to the Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc., in which they serve actively and in leadership positions. A partial list of the panoply of products defended by the Firm includes:

  • aircraft
  • asbestos and other toxic substances
  • automobiles
  • bicycles
  • boats and other marine equipment
  • busses
  • chemicals
  • construction equipment
  • drugs and medical devices
  • earthmoving equipment
  • electrical equipment (high energy)
  • farm equipment
  • firearms
  • fire-retardant treated plywood
  • furnaces and boilers
  • household appliances
  • ladders
  • latex gloves
  • lawn and garden equipment
  • materials handling equipment
  • pedicle screws
  • power tools
  • refractories
  • scaffolding
  • swimming pools
  • tires
  • trucks

 

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