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Product Liability

Manufacturers and companies are at risk of significant monetary exposure and harm to their reputation when involved in personal injury or product liability claims. It is imperative that they be prepared to fervently respond to these types of claims. Adept in managing all manner of product issues at the regulatory level and in litigation, Butler’s team of highly-skilled attorneys take the helm of every matter, effectively mitigating the costs and risks of product liability claims. Our expertise puts us at the forefront as speakers and planners of national programs on product liability.

Our wheelhouse in claims coverage

  • Retail and Hospitality
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM)
  • Director and Officers Liability
  • Errors and Omissions Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Extra-contractual Liability

Philosophy of the department

We investigate and evaluate cases as quickly as possible so that a decision can be made whether to settle the claim early or plan for trial. The firm is committed to alternative dispute resolution whenever possible. Most are settled early through mediation or settlement conferences.

Of course, some cases cannot be settled and must be tried. Butler has a hard-won reputation for effective trial presentation. Our attorneys are proud of that reputation and work hard to keep it. The firm believes this reputation is responsible for the high percentage of cases we are able to settle without trial.

Events | BANG Goes the Retrofit! Pursuing Subrogation Claims Involving LED Retrofits with a Ballast

July 13, 2021 | By Zachary Jett

Partner Zachary Jett and co-presenter Michael Custer (Kilgore Engineering) presented for the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) July 2021 Webinar on July 13, 2021….

News | Jonathan Kernizan | Featured on STU Law News

Feb 17, 2021

Attorney Jonathan Kernizan was recently featured on an article showcasing prominent alumni from St. Thomas University College of Law in celebration of Black History Month….

Blog Posts | If the Sprinkler Pipes Fit, You Must Acquit

Dec 09, 2020 | By Abraham Mohammad Shakfeh

What Constitutes a Product under the Economic Loss Rule  The Economic Loss Rule limits a defendant’s tort liability for defective products to injuries caused to…

Events | Tales From A Building Products Trials And Challenging Expert Witnesses

Feb 20, 2020 | By Michael Montgomery

Partner Michael Montgomery and co-presenters Valerie Garcia (Hall & Evans, LLC) and Charles Ledbetter (American Family Insurance Co.) presented “Lessons Learned: Tales from a Building…

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Blog Posts | Phenomenon or Pandemic: Pondering the Potential Legal Implications of the E-scooter Craze

Jul 19, 2019 | By William Linero Jr.

On July 12, 2019, YouTube celebrity Emily Hartridge died from injuries she sustained in a collision between an electric scooter (“e-scooter”) she was riding and…

Blog Posts | Amazon is subject to liability as “Seller,” rules the Third Circuit

Jul 08, 2019 | By Michael Wolfer

In my article last month, “Should Amazon be Liable for Products Sold in its Marketplace,” I discussed how the Fourth Circuit, like many courts before…

Blog Posts | Should Amazon be Liable for Products Sold in its Marketplace?

May 30, 2019 | By Michael Wolfer

Amazon, the largest e-commerce website in the world and a member of the “Big Four” has repeatedly, and successfully, argued that the company is not…

Webinars | Some Like It Hot – Investigation & Legal Issues With Grill Fires

May 01, 2019 | By Michael Montgomery

Partner Michael Montgomery and Jeff Bradshaw of Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. presented a webinar titled “Some Like It Hot – Investigation & Legal Issues With…

Publications/ Whitepapers | Is It Hot In Here? Significant Recovery Opportunities With Boiler Failures

Feb 23, 2017 | By Dean Rauchwerger, Geoffrey Waguespack

This article originally appeared in the Litigation Management Magazine, a publication of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). Legal opinions may vary when based on…

Blog Posts | Drone Wars: Will The Litigation Awaken?

Feb 16, 2016

Recent lawsuits in California and Kentucky have involved claims by drone owners against neighbors for shooting down drones flying over their property, arising out of…

Publications/ Whitepapers | Product Liability Blackjack (21) Ways To Win, Bust Or Fold!

May 05, 2015 | By Dean Rauchwerger

Strategic thinking in prosecuting or defending product liability actions often mirrors the creativity, gut-check and fortitude to play the winning blackjack hand. As in blackjack,…

Publications/ Whitepapers | Florida Supreme Court Limits Economic Loss Rule To Products Liability Claims?

Jun 26, 2013 | By Scott Katz, Jessica Skarin

State Specific: Florida Florida Supreme Court Limits Economic Loss Rule to Products Liability Claims

Publications/ Whitepapers | Attacking The Admission Of Osi Evidence

Dec 01, 2006

In product liability lawsuits, plaintiffs frequently seek to admit evidence of other incidents involving the same product alleged to be defective in that particular case. Although…

Publications/ Whitepapers | Are Products Advertisements That Give Rise To Advertising Injury Coverage?

Apr 01, 2006 | By Caroline Adams

International Risk Management Institute (©Copyright April 2006) (with Rebecca C. Appelbaum)

Publications/ Whitepapers | Practical Considerations In The Defense Of Rollover Accident And Rops Defect Claims

May 01, 2005

Despite the prevalence of rollover protective structures (“ROPS”) on agricultural and construction equipment manufactured over the last two decades, claims against manufacturers and dealers arising…

Publications/ Whitepapers | Building Your Product Liability Claim: A Product Supplier’s Obligations Under The Consumer Product Safety Act

May 01, 2005

If you would like to discuss this topic further, please contact Dean Rauchwerger or directly 312-462-9147.

Product Liability