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Product Liability Litigation
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt defends manufacturers, sellers and distributors against product-related personal injury, property loss and economic loss claims throughout the Pacific Northwest. Members of the product liability practice group possess a thorough understanding of this rapidly expanding area of the law and have many years of experience helping clients prevent and protect against product-related claims.
Manufacturers are generally held responsible for personal injuries and property damage caused by products which are, (1) defective in manufacture or design or (2), are supplied with faulty directions or inadequate warnings. Not surprisingly, many of our clients seek counsel during initial product development. Our attorneys help ensure that safety features are designed in compliance with the law (including proper warnings and instructions), and work to reduce liability exposure. Our services are particularly valuable for emerging companies which may not be familiar with the complexities of product liability laws. As one of the largest product liability groups on the West Coast, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt offers comprehensive litigation services to its clients, including pretrial investigation, trial and appeal representation, negotiation services, structured settlement agreements, and class action suit defense. In addition, the group has experience advocating for products-related legislation, representing manufacturers' groups before government agencies, and reviewing insurance coverage with clients.
Our attorneys regularly defend manufacturers, sellers and distributors in many types of product liability issues involving:
- Automotive products
- Computerized manufacturing and processing products
- Consumer products (such as household appliances, yard equipment, power tools, etc.)
- Construction equipment
- Drugs and medical devices
- Electrical equipment
- Fire and explosions
- Heavy-duty trucks, forklifts and lift trucks
- Industrial machinery
- Marine engines and personal watercraft
- Mass torts and class action litigation
- Medical devices and implantable orthopedic products
- Pharmaceutical products
- Pneumatic equipment
- Product recalls
- Toxic Torts
The Products Liability team includes attorneys with extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts. Our attorneys have tried catastrophic injury cases from vehicle rollovers to industrial accidents and have developed substantial litigation experience in mass torts involving asbestos and pharmaceutical products. Every member of our team is committed to developing a comprehensive strategy to minimize liability exposure and secure a favorable outcome in litigation.