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Products Liability and Toxic Torts

Our firm has litigated products liability cases across the country. Walter DeForest was hired as trial counsel less than one month before trial to defend a general aviation engine manufacturer in a wrongful death case in Gwinnett County Superior Court for the State of Georgia. In the case, Plaintiffs sought more than $18 million in damages related to the crash of a Cessna 210 aircraft where the pilot's family claimed that the pilot, who was a well-recognized anesthesiologist, had an engine failure shortly before the plane crashed. After a two-week jury trial, the jury awarded only $1.7 million, considerably less than the damages sought by plaintiffs at trial. We have successfully defended several other death cases involving other products as well as non-death cases. We will try cases to verdict or amicably resolve them depending on the best interests of the client.

Other work by the firm in this area includes the defense of claims involving several products and chemicals such as mining equipment, glass bottles, food products, lighting equipment, household appliances, pesticides, industrial chemicals, and petrochemicals. For example, George Yokitis and Mindy Shreve were trial counsel in the coordination and defense of class actions involving tens of thousands of claims against a chemical manufacturer arising from a train derailment and resulting chemical spill. These mass tort cases proceeded through various levels of several different state and federal appellate courts as well as the United States Supreme Court. A significant component of eventual resolution of some of those matters involved a variety of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms conducted throughout various areas of the country.

Additionally, Marie DeForest is the supervising attorney for the firm's asbestos defense practice. She has an active asbestos defense practice where she has successfully received summary judgment numerous times for her clients. She has defended asbestos actions in Delaware, California, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wyoming.

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