Verdict against Ford in death of a boy run over by truck with defective parking brake. The then-second largest product liability verdict in the nation. (White) (Jury awarded $52 million in retrial of punitive damages.)
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 vaginal mesh products (McFarland, Mesigian) and pharmaceuticals such as Risperdal. The first case, in which a teenager was left brain damaged and later died because of a defective BB air rifle, resulted in not only a large settlement against Daisy Corp. but also sparked a probe by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and a demand that Daisy recall 7.4 million guns. The case against Ford over its F-series trucks' parking brakes resulted in verdicts including punitive damages. Nine vaginal mesh cases have so far produced verdicts totaling nearly $345 million against Johnson & Johnson. And, most recently, the firm won an $8 billion punitive damages verdict against J&J in a case involiving Risperdal, an anti-psychotic drug linked to the growth of female breast tissue in boys. That verdict was the largest in Pennsylvania history.
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.
-Jimmie White of Elko, Nev.
His young son was killed by a Ford truck with a defective parking brake. The case went to a $153 million verdict, a $52 million punitive damages jury award on retrial and ultimately a confidential settlement.
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). Most recently, the firm in 2019 won verdicts of $80 million and $120 million against J&J subsidiary Ethicon Inc. over vaginal mesh products that caused injuries to women surgically implanted with the devices. 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.
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