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Products Liability Defense

 

The attorneys at Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton, P.C. have garnered a nationwide reputation for excellence in defending corporate clients in complex products liability cases. We have represented automotive manufacturers for more than 40 years, since 1970, and have tried numerous automotive product cases to verdict, including allegations relating to general crashworthiness, seat belts, airbags, fuel delivery systems, cruise control systems, roof crush, rollover propensity, seat heaters, suspension and chassis components, tires, backup alarms, glazing, interior trim, steering gears, and bumpers. For decades, the firm has represented automotive manufacturers, and manufacturers of other products such as wheel rims, tires, seat belts, batteries, airbags, lawn mowers, recreational toys, inflatables, motorcycles, bicycles, helmets, child seats, children's toys, electrical devices, commercial grade heaters, tree stands, dicers, livestock feed, poultry processing products, chicken cages, cargo trailers, utility trailers, car trailers, and nutraceuticals.

The firm has extensive experience and expertise in every stage of a complex products liability case. With this experience, the firm has developed a high level of understanding of the complex legal and factual issues implicated in complex products cases and can offer insight as to how complex products liability claims can be successfully defended. We know the importance of a thorough investigation regarding the product and its history, and the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. We are also familiar with the discovery tactics utilized by aggressive Plaintiffs' lawyers and how to successfully combat those tactics in state and federal court. Our approach is proactive as well, using discovery offensively to obtain the necessary information to succeed at trial. We are assertive at every stage of litigation with appropriate motion practice, including Daubert motions, motions to dismiss, motions to compel, motions in limine, motions for summary judgment, motions for judgment on the pleadings, and motions for directed verdict, among others. At trial, we are uncompromising in our pursuit of all appropriate factual, evidentiary, and legal issues to yield the best result for our clients.

The firm also has a great deal of experience handling document collection and discovery for large, national companies in multiple-issue and multiple-defendant products cases, including creating reading rooms, document repositories, and document collections. While the goal in discovery is tailored to each particular situation and venue, we have been successful in providing cost effective discovery counsel that avoids motions to compel and motions for sanctions. Our approach is to prevent litigation from becoming about discovery rather than the merits and resolution of the case.

The firm has litigated a wide variety of products liability cases on behalf of its clients across the United States and its territories, both in state and federal court, including

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Over the years, the firm has represented many manufacturers and greatly values the relationships it has developed and maintained with its clients. Some of the firm's representative clients include: Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Segway, Inc., Kia Motors Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors of North America, Inc., Columbus McKinnon Corporation, FLB Toys USA, Inc., Bright Coop, Inc., Iovate Health Science, Inc., Graco Children's Products, Inc., Cooper Wiring Devices, Inc., U-Haul International, Inc., Harley-Davidson USA, Purina/Land O' Lakes, and many others.

We have successfully litigated -- whether through trial, appeal or alternate dispute resolution -- innumerable cases involving a vast array of products. Our clients know that they will be the ultimate beneficiaries of those years of experience and the high level of expertise that we bring to our cases.