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Product Liability Defense

Strategies that produce uncommon results

Claims of defect or negligence associated with your products can result in costly litigation, outrageous verdicts for Plaintiffs and negative publicity that can threaten your business. The Product Liability Defense Group has over 20 years of experience defending product liability cases, including claims of dangerous and defective products, in state and federal courts throughout the country. Waits & Brownlee is prepared to handle a wide range of product claims, with a focus on defending manufacturers of specialty vehicles. In addition to litigation, Waits & Brownlee works with its current clients regarding product liability prevention measures.

Product liability cases require a strategic focus that involve the use of experts and technical analysis. Waits & Brownlee combines its extensive courtroom experience with its detailed knowledge of federal and state statutes, regulations and industry standards to provide clients with both a zealous defense of their products and a cost-effective resolution of litigation.

Case Summaries:

  • Defended bus manufacturer and 4 parent companies sued in Missouri state and Kansas federal court for claims of $9.5 million strict liability, failure to warn, negligent design, premises liability, and alter ego liability resulting in the ultimate dismissal with prejudice of all defendants in both cases after over two years of hotly contested litigation.
  • Defended terminal tractor manufacturer in defective product claim and obtained settlement agreement at fraction of original demand made by Plaintiff
  • State court case in Chicago attacking an industry leading patented product feature which we removed to Federal Court for the Northern District of Illinois and settled for a nuisance sum at the point of our motion to enforce discovery.
  • Defended defective product case for an ambulance manufacturer in state and Federal court in Arizona, obtaining dismissal of our client and including an appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California.

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Timothy R. Brownlee