• Tom Kline Shanin Specter Andrew Stern Lee Balefsky David Caputo Andrew Youman Amy Guth Charles Becker Michael Smerconish Lisa Dagostino Michelle Tiger
    Garabet Zakeosian Mark Polin Dominic Guerrini Michael Trunk Regan Safier Geary Yeisley Kila Baldwin David Williams David Inscho James Waldenberger Suzanne dePillis
    Christine Clarke Braden Lepisto Elizabeth Crawford Kristen Sipala Barry Magen Tracie Palmer Gilbert Shelsby Robert Leoni Paulette Francois Priscilla Jimenez Colin Burke
  • $109 Million
    Largest Verdict in a Personal Injury case
    in Pennsylvania history

  • $100 Million
    Medical Malpractice
    Largest-ever compensatory verdict

  • $153 Million
    Then-second largest Product
    Liability verdict in U.S. history

  • $38.2 Million
    Delaware County
    Auto Accident Verdict

  • $36.4 Million
    Workplace Injury
    Largest single-victim fatality settlement

  • $51 Million
    Premises Liability/
    Civil Rights verdict

Product Liability Lawsuit

Pennsylvania - New Jersey - Delaware - Nationwide


Faulty and defective products result in injuries to thousands of people every year. Kline & Specter's product liability 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 product liability 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.

Based in Philadelphia, our product liability attorneys represent clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and nationwide in cases involving a number of defective 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 lawsuits – 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 one of our Philadelphia product liability attorneys.


Kline & Specter handles cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware  and Nationwide, working with local attorneys in states outside PA, NJ and DE.

Kline & Specter In The News

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.

Product Liability

Epic case waged over drug maker's Bendectin
One jury awarded $19 million, product halted

Tot hurt by Ford truck with faulty parking brake
Pickup "rolled away" on its own, Ford agreed to settle the case

Kindergarten student killed in table collapse at school
Manufacturer knew table was defective, to pay $10 million

Jury finds birth control device caused woman's injuries
$5.15 million was largest federal verdict at the time

Tot's foot torn off in subway escalator
Jury awarded $51 million, judge fined SEPTA

Defective BB gun injures teenager
16-year-old later died from shot by Daisy gun, Recall sought

Boy is injured by lap belt in car accident
GM agreed to settle case that left Justin Miller paralyzed

Defective helmet results in motorcycle mishap injuries
A jury awarded $6.8 million to man left in vegetative state

Nevada tot dies in truck with defective brakes
Jury found recall bogus, Ford slapped with huge verdicts

Bethlehem Steel employee crushed in crane accident
Faulty remote transmitter blamed, case settled for $4.4 million


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