Product Liability Representative Cases
- Defeated $38.64 million claim against manufacturer of scissors in case filed by machine operator alleging the lift had a defective design. Case resulted in a not-guilty verdict at trial on behalf of the manufacturer and was featured in the National Law Journal as one of the top defense verdicts nationwide in 2000.
- Successfully represented manufacturer of fire truck in suit by family injured during rescue attempt from fire in apartment building in Brooklyn, New York. Case resulted in no liability for manufacturer as Johnson & Bell successfully argued that fire truck provided by manufacturer fully complied with specifications provided by New York Fire Department.
- Successfully defended the manufacturer of a pressure vessel in a three-week product liability trial in Cook County, Illinois by demonstrating that accident was caused by any defect in the vessel, but rather by premises owner’s unsafe work practices.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of manufacturer of large industrial flatbed rail car utilized in steel mill in case filed by the plaintiff who sustained serious closed head injury when he was struck by a component of the car. Johnson & Bell successfully argued for application of the contractor’s specification doctrine, urging that, as the client merely manufactured the car to the specifications of its designer, which were not obviously defective, client should be absolved of liability.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of manufacturer of scissors lift in wrongful death product liability action after successfully moving to bar plaintiff’s expert’s opinions as unreliable and failing to meet the Daubert standard.
- In a case of first impression before Michigan courts, successfully argued for application Michigan Statute of Repose for Improvements to Real Property in case filed by plaintiff who sustained a partial amputation of his dominant hand while reaching into a papermaking machine to attempt to clear a jam.