Largest Verdict in a Personal Injury case
in Pennsylvania history
Largest-ever compensatory verdict
Then-second largest Product
Liability verdict in U.S. history
Auto Accident Verdict
Largest single-victim fatality settlement
Civil Rights verdict
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- Firm wins record $105 million settlement in power line death case
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- Specter, Safier, Williams win $17.5M med-mal verdict
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Product Liability Lawsuit
Pennsylvania - New Jersey - Delaware - New York - Nationwide
Faulty and defective products result in injuries to thousands of people every year. Kline & Specter attorneys have handled complex, investigative-based litigation and lawsuits involving everything from defective BB guns (see Mahoney case) to a popular model pick-up truck (White, Bobb) to a construction crane (Yankosky). The first case, in which a teenager was left brain damaged by a defective BB air rifle, resulted in not only a large settlement against Daisy Corp. but also a report aired by ABC’s 20/20 show. The BB gun case made national headlines and sparked a probe by the U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Administration and a demand that Daisy recall 7.4 million guns.
In the White case, Specter in 1999 won a $153 million verdict, including compensatory and punitive damages in a lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. The verdict was the second-largest product liability verdict in U.S. history at the time. A later trial in the case yielded a $52 million verdict.
Kline & Specter was named the No. 1 Product Liability Law Firm in the United States for 2011-2012 by Best Lawyers, a designation which was announced in U.S. News & World Report. Kline & Specter previously had been named in the “Tier 1” group – the top classification – for Product Liability, one of only 35 firms across the nation selected for that distinction.
The firm, based in Philadelphia, has also gone to court in cases involving a number of products, including unsafe motorcycle helmets (Wandel) and medical devices (Dalkon). Earlier, Tom Kline doggedly pursued a case (Blum) against drug manufacturer Merrell Dow over 16 years.
Kline & Specter has handled a wide range of product liability litigation – with cases ranging from defective cafeteria table (Cozzolino) to a hazardous escalator (Hall v. SEPTA). It litigates some product liability cases on a Mass Tort basis, including: pharmaceuticals such as Vioxx, in which the firm was a leader in the $4.85 billion lawsuit settlement; medical products and devices such as denture creams, transvaginal mesh implants and defective pacemakers and defibrillators; and dangerous toys and child products such as cribs, strollers and baby slings.
For more information, contact a product liability attorney.
Kline & Specter handles cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York and Nationwide, working with local attorneys in states outside PA, NJ and NY.
In Pennsylvania, Kline & Specter handles cases in and around: Allentown, Altoona, Bethlehem, Chester, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Easton, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Johnstown, Lancaster, Levittown, McCandless, McKeesport, Monroeville, Norristown, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Pottstown, Radnor, Reading, Scranton, State College, West Chester, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport and York.
In New Jersey, the firm handles cases in and around: Atlantic City, Bayonne, Brick Township, Camden, Cherry Hill, Clifton, Edison, Elizabeth, Fort Lee, Jersey City, Lakewood, Millville, Newark, New Brunswick, Paterson, Pennsauken, Plainfield, Toms River, Trenton, Union, Vineland, Voorhees and Willingboro.
Kline & Specter In The News
- Michael Smerconish interviews family of McDonald's "Hot Coffee" victim, The Big Talker 1210 am 6/29/11
- Tom Kline comments on massive Fisher Price recall, Fox 29 9/30/10
- Tom Kline interviewed on the possible hazards of Zhu Zhu Pets, Fox 29 12/8/09
- Tom Kline comments on dangerous toys, Good Day Philadelphia 12/2/09
- Tom Kline warns viewers about handbag hazards, Good Day Philadelphia, 9/16/09
- Tom Kline demonstrates dangerous toys on "Good Day Philadelphia" 12/3/08
- Tom Kline demonstrates dangerous toys, Fox 29 12/3/08
- Andy Stern talks about the Mattel toy recall on NBC 10 8/15/2007
Recent Product Liability News
- Toyota Motor Corp. has quietly settled a high-profile product liability lawsuit over a fatal crash that drew national attention to sudden acceleration in its vehicles and led to massive recalls. Toyota is seeking to keep the settlement -- which does not include the auto dealer -- confidential. In this case, a family of four was killed when the sedan sped out of control and crashed over an embankment. The automaker still faces dozens of other personal injury suits as well as federal personal injury suits and claims for economic damage. (Full Story)
- Toy maker Mattel Inc. fined a $2.3 million civil penalty for importing and selling toys with excessive levels of lead. The penalty is part of a settlement the companies reached with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced Friday, that the toymaker had knowingly violated a 30-year-old federal ban on lead paint in toys. (Full story)
- The possibility of engine fires has prompted General Motors to recall nearly 1.5 million passenger sedans manufactured between 1997 and 2003. The problem involves a potential for oil to leak on the exhaust manifold during hard braking. The vehicles involved are 1997-2003 Buick Regals; 1998-2003 Chevrolet Luminas, Monte Carlos and Impalas; 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigues; and 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. (Full story)
- Food and Drug Administration sounds a nationwide alert about tomatoes linked to outbreak of salmonella, with some cases serious and potentially fatal. The warning was for raw Roma, plum and round red tomatoes. FDA cited reports of 167 illnesses and 23 hospitalizations. (Full story)
- Jury awards $6.5 million to the widow and estate of man who was killed when his Ford Explorer went out of control and rolled over in an auto accident. The jury ruled in the product liability case that the man’s death was due to a defectively designed roof support system.(Full story)
- Family of woman killed when a highway tunnel collapsed on her car reaches $6 million settlement with the epoxy supplier blamed for the accident in the product liability case.(Full story)
- Two additional defendants, Polar Industries and Home Depot U.S.A., reach a tentative agreement with the victims of Rhode Island nightclub fire to pay $5 million to settle product liability lawsuits against them, bring the total amount that could be awarded to the victims to $19.5 million.(Full story)
Click on the links below to learn more about some of Kline & Specter's product liability cases.
THE BLUM CASE
Epic case waged over drug maker's Bendectin
One jury awarded $19 million, product halted
THE BOBB CASE
Tot hurt by Ford truck with faulty parking brake
Pickup "rolled away" on its own, Ford agreed to settle the case
THE COZZOLINO CASE
Kindergarten student killed in table collapse at school
Manufacturer knew table was defective, to pay $10 million
THE DALKON SHIELD CASE
Jury finds birth control device caused woman's injuries
$5.15 million was largest federal verdict at the time
THE HALL V. SEPTA CASE
Tot's foot torn off in subway escalator
Jury awarded $51 million, judge fined SEPTA
THE MAHONEY CASE
Defective BB gun injures teenager
16-year-old later died from shot by Daisy gun, Recall sought
THE MILLER CASE
Boy is injured by lap belt in car accident
GM agreed to settle case that left Justin Miller paralyzed
THE WANDEL CASE
Defective helmet results in motorcycle mishap injuries
A jury awarded $6.8 million to man left in vegetative state
THE WHITE V. FORD CASE
Nevada tot dies in truck with defective brakes
Jury found recall bogus, Ford slapped with huge verdicts
THE YANKOSKY CASE
Bethlehem Steel employee crushed in crane accident
Faulty remote transmitter blamed, case settled for $4.4 million