Product Liability

From product development through product recalls, including questions of insurance coverage, Frantz Ward takes a proactive, aggressive approach to mitigate risk, avoid claims, limit exposures and resolve disputes at the most effective stage to deliver the best outcome for our clients. Our first and only priority is cost effective success that protects our clients’ reputations and business.

The Frantz Ward Product Liability Practice functions as a tactical, nimble team to best serve each client’s individual product liability and coverage needs. The foundation of our representation is a business partnership – we serve our clients by understanding and providing services consistent with their business operations, practices, priorities, and demands, as well as their products. Staying connected and working together, we develop and implement a strategy at the outset of the relationship precisely targeted to achieve the best outcome for the client given the particular circumstances. Every case and each client is different. We continuously communicate with our clients to make sure their goals drive the services, their concerns are answered, and there are no surprises. Our product liability team delivers value and successful outcomes to our clients by allocating the appropriate resources and attorneys to each case. Together, we achieve more.

Our experience and talent pool run deep. Frantz Ward’s product liability attorneys collectively have over 100 years of product experience involving all types of products. We work with company and independent designers and engineers, as well as retained industry experts, to demonstrate claimed “defects” are often not defects at all, but user error, ignored warnings, mistaken cause or origin, and scientifically impossible theories or hypotheses. Our breadth of knowledge and proficiency spans from consumer appliances to commercial tools to industrial equipment to aviation crashes; from minor property damage to catastrophic injury and death. A representative sample of products we have handled is listed below. 

We know the industries, the venues, and the products. Our attorneys have tried hundreds of cases in state and federal courts across the U.S. and achieved favorable outcomes for our clients. We are experienced and savvy negotiators at mediation, but when dispute resolution is not the best option, our team aggressively defends our clients through trial and any appeal.

Our product liability team prepares our clients to defend against unscrupulous or unfair trial tactics such as “Reptile Theory” attacks, personal affronts on the company or its personnel, and other misleading discovery devices intend to distract jurors from the merits. We work in tandem with the company to select, prepare, and present corporate representatives who adeptly and credibly present the company position in a manner that a jury can readily understand and appreciate.

Consumer Products

  • Coffee Pots
  • Dishwashers
  • Driers
  • Fans
  • Furnaces
  • Gas cans
  • Ice makers
  • Humidifiers
  • Ladders – wood and fiberglass; retractable and stationary
  • Ovens
  • Passenger vehicles
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Power Tools
  • Refrigerators
  • Thermostats
  • Water heaters
  • Water valves/water regulators

Commercial/Industrial Equipment

  • Airplanes
  • Automated Guide Vehicle
  • Augers
  • Bearings
  • Construction equipment
  • Cranes
  • Exhaust equipment
  • Electrical equipment
  • Gas regulators
  • Food processing equipment
  • Forging products
  • Fuel diaphragms
  • HVAC equipment
  • Humidifiers
  • Injection molding machines
  • Industrial Coatings
  • Motors/wire windings/capacitors/blowers/compressors
  • Polymer based products – tubing, refrigeration lines, HVAC canisters, polymer pellets, fiberglass rails
  • Roofing Products
  • Sensor equipment
  • Sterilizers
  • Thermal limiters
  • Trucks and Truck Bodies
  • Tunneling and excavation equipment
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