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.

With AUTOMOBILE cases, among problem products are those involving defective airbags, lap belts and parking brakes and vehicles prone to rollovers, such as SUVs and 15-passenger vans.

Tom Kline and Shanin Specter have been selected among the World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers by Expert Guides, publisher of guides to internationally recognized attorneys.

For more information, contact a product liability attorney.