Product Liability

Overview

The Product Liability Group at Eckert Seamans defends product liability cases in both state and federal courts in nearly every jurisdiction across the country. Our trial lawyers defend class actions, mass torts, complex litigation, multidistrict litigation, and single lawsuits on behalf of manufacturers in all industries, including consumer products; automotive; agricultural, construction, mining, and industrial equipment and products; transportation; food and food processing; chemicals; hand and power tools; medical device and pharmaceuticals; children’s products; and recreational equipment. We also serve these industries as national trial counsel, regional coordinating counsel, and national coordinating counsel in product liability litigation. Our clients entrust us with these responsibilities because attorneys in the Eckert Seamans Product Liability Group are trial lawyers, not just litigators. There is a significant difference that comes from having tried hundreds of high-profile product liability cases to verdict. Our trial lawyers have a firm grasp of the technical and scientific principles that apply to your products and the skills and expertise to present a creative and persuasive defense in the courtroom.

Through experience, we recognize that not all cases go to verdict and that the risks to clients are substantial. Eckert Seamans trial lawyers understand that a cohesive pre-trial strategy is necessary to identify trial candidates and develop cost-effective solutions on behalf of the client. We do this by maintaining a sharp focus on your business and understanding your industry. Then, through coordination with both in-house counsel and engineers, our trial lawyers evaluate the risk of litigation, manage those risks, reduce exposure, and control costs.

Of course, the best defense is to prevent litigation through effective risk management. Our trial lawyers have considerable experience in the areas of product risk assessment and prevention. We help clients develop and implement preventative litigation measures throughout the product life cycle – from design, to manufacture, to sale, through disposal.  We help minimize risk and maximize product quality by evaluating  product design, creating product manuals and warning labels, preparing legally compliant warranties, assessing sales brochures and other product literature, and ensuring regulatory compliance.