Defective Products Litigation

Garrity, Graham, Murphy, Garofalo & Flinn has a long and distinguished history of trial representation (in state and federal courts nationwide and as Local, Regional or National Trial Counsel) in cases involving manufacturers, distributors and sellers of a variety of products from the smallest product line to the largest industrial or commercial product. We are regularly retained directly by self-insured manufacturers or by the company’s primary or excess insurers or syndicates (domestic and international) or their applicable agents/brokers or third party administrators. Often, our clients coordinate with Underwriters to designate us as counsel at the time of binding coverage as a result of our unique expertise. We are either panel approved or have been retained under exception by most domestic and international insurers or syndicates. We also provide outside General Counsel representation to those involved in product liability exposures on a regular basis and/or are involved in issues of distribution, recall, CPSC, ASTM or other administrative or voluntary consensus matters.

We are members in the Product Liability Committees at CLM, DRI, FDCC, IADC, NJDA, PLUS and PLAC and specialize in the defense of design, labeling or manufacturing product defect claims/suits involving significant injuries. We have special training and expertise in cases involving catastrophic injuries including burns from products, liquids, steam, accelerants, explosions, boilers, heating pads, gasoline, containers, pressurized vessels, propane, clothing, furniture and other products or scenarios. We regularly handle defense cases involving product categories such as skill or hand tools, retail or commercial goods, children’s products, adult and children’s clothing, sleepwear, consumer goods, office equipment, construction equipment, medical devices, industrial tools, gasoline containers, water heaters or boilers, pressurized containers or vessels, maritime products or tools, tractors, trailers, bobcats, sports equipment, recreational vehicles, ATVs, snowmobiles, automobiles and fixed site and mobile site roller coasters and amusement park rides.

We work with clients and carriers as a team, establishing goals in each case while protecting the client’s general, litigation and proprietary rights. We consistently work with national and regional associations and maintain strong relationships with experts and consultants for a variety of specialties including burn experts and institutions such as The Johns Hopkins University. Our experience and expert relationships include experts and institutions involved in all aspects of product design, manufacture, regulation and distribution and we work closely with nationally respected injury mechanism experts, burn experts, combustion or explosion experts, clothing experts, furniture experts, manufactured product experts, recall and administrative concern experts, fabrication and design experts, labeling/warning/human factors experts, ANSI/CPSC/ASTM experts, and a variety of experts involved in the broad field of product liability defense.

Our expertise extends to all scenarios in which a product has been alleged to have caused or contributed to injury or economic damage. Garrity, Graham, Murphy, Garofalo & Flinn’s trial attorneys have defended manufacturers, distributors and sellers of asbestos, automobiles, trucks, trailers, latex gloves, rail cars, consumer goods, sports equipment, football helmets, tackling dummies, exercise equipment, hockey sticks, baseball bats, skis, skates, cosmetics, firearms, fireworks, garments, clothing, sleepwear, gasoline containers, boiler or water heaters, recreational boats, maritime vessels, tractors, bobcats, heavy industrial equipment, personal use equipment such as that sold at Walmart, Sears, Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, snowmobiles, ATVs, chainsaws, table saws, pharmaceutical products and various medical and surgical devices.

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Experience with:
  • ATVs, Bicycles and Motorcycles
  • Automobiles/Trucks/Tractors/Trailers
  • Beauty and Hygiene Products
  • Boats and Watercraft
  • Chain Saws
  • Clothing
  • Containers
  • Cranes and Other Industrial Equipment and Machines
  • Electronics
  • Elevators and Escalators
  • Flooring
  • Home Products
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Personal Use Products
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Products
  • Sports Equipment
  • Work Products