Representative areas of expertise:
- Automobiles & Trucks
- All Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s)
- Medical Devices
- Food & Restaurant Products
- Household Chemicals & Cleaners
- Building Materials
- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems (HVAC products)
- Paints and anti-corrosion products
- Industrial Products
- Safety Devices
- Industrial Hygiene Products
- Respiratory Products
- Insulation Products
- Cranes, Forklifts & Industrial Lifting Devices
- Automatic Doors & Gates
- Plumbing Products
- Ladders, Ropes, Scaffolds, Power Tools and Hand Tools
- Agricultural Equipment
- Construction Equipment
- Recreational Vehicles and Travel Trailers
For years, our firm has represented manufacturers from across the world in products liability actions. Louisiana’s Products Liability Act, known informally as the LPLA, sets forth unique and exclusive theories of liability for claims against manufacturers for damage caused by their products. Our extensive knowledge of the Act and its myriad defenses has allowed us to secure defense verdicts in numerous districts throughout the state. We also have a firm grasp of the intersection between products liability and Louisiana’s distinctive implied warranty law called redhibition. Our products liability lawyers have a combined experience of over 50 years of practice in this area, and from vehicles to valves, we have familiarity with nearly any type of product.
Notable recent verdicts in our favor include In Re: FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Products Liability Litigation, wherein our firm secured a defense verdict in the first bellwether trial against the trailer manufacturers sued in this nationwide Multi-District Litigation. The claim involved tens of thousands of plaintiffs spread throughout the south, all of whom claimed harmful exposure to formaldehyde while residing in FEMA-supplied trailers following the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. In a trial that lasted for two weeks and involved dozens of engineering and medical experts, our trial team was victorious in arguing that Gulf Stream Coach, Inc., who manufactured many trailers, was not liable under the LPLA. This bellwether result was the basis for other defense verdicts in the same MDL, and led to a very favorable resolution of the entire suit.
Additionally, in the last few years, we have succeeded in the defense of Honda’s American affiliate both in state and federal court. These claims involved the suitability of Honda’s vehicle design, as well as the sufficiency of Honda’s warnings on gasoline-powered generators.
Our experience, know-how and preparation have been brought to bear in all types of products liability actions. If you are facing a similar type of claim, we are ready to assist you in whatever way you may need.