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 to a popular model pick-up truck (White, Bobb) to vaginal mesh products (McFarland, Mesigian) and pharmaceuticals such as Risperdal and transvaginal mesh. Overall, our law firm has the most large verdicts in the United States, having obtained four of the top 100 nationally in 2019.
Nine vaginal mesh cases have so far produced verdicts totaling more than $347 million against Johnson & Johnson. And, most recently, the firm won an $8 billion punitive damages verdict against J&J in a case involving 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 Ford case, Specter 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). 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.
For more information, contact one of our product liability attorneys.