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Products Liability

Vorys attorneys have been litigating product liability claims for decades.  Our practice and experience is extensive and national in scope—we have litigated everything from high profile multi-jurisdictional mass tort cases in federal courts to single plaintiff cases in state courts.  Our product liability attorneys have represented both plaintiffs and defendants at all stages of litigation, including trial, giving us unique insights that benefit all of our clients involved in product liability litigation.  We also serve as national counsel to several Fortune 500 companies with respect to their product liability matters.

Vorys attorneys know how to vigorously and effectively litigate product liability claims to return maximum value to our clients.  Our product liability attorneys are highly skilled in identifying threshold legal issues that may bring early resolution of matters.  When cases proceed to discovery, our attorneys are familiar with qualified expert witnesses in a variety of specialties who may be called upon to aid in the prosecution or defense of claims.  We are always prepared to go to trial and vigorously pursue our clients’ interests before juries or the court.  We also have extensive appellate experience.  And when our clients ask us to negotiate a resolution, we draw on our deep experience and familiarity with both the law and business concerns to reach the best agreement for our clients. 

Our attorneys have handled product liability actions involving a wide variety of industries, including:

We also advise clients on ways to avoid litigation in the first place.  Vorys attorneys have provided our clients with advice and training on issues such as product and package design, language of product specifications, compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard, and compliance with other federal and state regulations covering their products. 

In addition, our attorneys have been actively involved in state and federal tort reform focused on product liability and toxic torts.  We regularly assist our clients by evaluating tort reform proposals, drafting proposed legislation, and preparing testimony for legislative hearings.  For example, our products liability attorneys were involved in drafting and testifying on the first laws nationally to reform the standards applicable to public nuisance, asbestos and silica litigation, and the abrogation of common law claims in Ohio.