Products Liability

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Experience in Products Liability

Piper Cub Mishap in Rantoul, IllinoisObtained verdict for engine manufacturer at wrongful death trial arising out of crash of Piper Cub near Rantoul, Illinois.

McDonnell Douglas MD 500E/369E Helicopter MishapObtained dismissal of product liability claims against helicopter component manufacturer related to alleged tail rotor component failure in fatal crash of a MD-500 helicopter.

Boeing 737 Accident Near Colorado Springs, Colorado

Represented airline in litigation arising from 1991 mishap involving a Domestic Airline's Boeing 737 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Piper Meridian Mishap in Wellsville, Missouri Represented autopilot manufacturer in multiple wrongful death litigation arising from the 2007 crash of a Piper Meridian airplane near Wellsville, Missouri.

Alleged Inhalation of Toxic Fumes Onboard AircraftSabatino v. Boeing Corp., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48613 (N.D. Ill. June 5, 2009).Represented aircraft lessor in litigation arising out of passengers' alleged inhalation of toxic fumes on aircraft.

Alleged Failure to Assist Passenger Having Heart AttackFischer v. Northwest Airlines, Inc., 623 F. Supp. 1064 (N.D. Ill. 1985).Represented an airline for its alleged failure to assist a passenger who suffered fatal heart attack in flight. Successfully represented the airline in an extensive evidentiary hearing on applicability of the Death of the High Seas Act.

Bell 206G Helicopter Accident in Elkhorn, Wisconsin (Stevie Ray Vaughan Accident)Represented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 1990 crash of Bell 206G helicopter in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

Aircraft Tow Vehicle Collision Represented airline in wrongful death litigation arising out of tug collision at Chicago-O'Hare International Airport.

Sikorsky S-76A Helicopter Mishap in Gulf of Mexico Obtained dismissal of flight control system manufacturer in wrongful death actions brought pursuant to the Federal Death on the High Seas Act arising from 2004 crash of Sikorsky S76A helicopter in Gulf of Mexico.

Piper Navajo Mishap in Kenai, Alaska

Obtained defense verdict for engine manufacturer in wrongful death trial arising out of crash of Piper Cub near Rantoul, Illinois.

Cessna 421B Accident at Palwaukee Municipal Airport, Wheeling, Illinois

Waugh v. Morgan Stanley & Co., 2012 IL App (1st) 102653, 966 N.E.2d 540 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2012).

Represented aircraft operator in litigation arising out of crash of Cessna 421B airplane at Palwaukee Municipal Airport, Wheeling, Illinois. Represented aircraft operator in issue of first impression in the State of Illinois concerning the scope of the educational malpractice doctrine in aviation cases.

U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Fighter Mishap in AlaskaRepresented onboard oxygen generating system manufacturer in a mishap involving a U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor near Elmendorf, Alaska.

Piper Aircraft Mishap in Castro Verde, PortugalObtained dismissal based on forum non conveniens on behalf of manufacturer in litigation related to crash of a Piper aircraft in Castro Verde, Portugal.

Design Defect Litigation Against Architectural FirmObtained dismissal with prejudice of personal injury claims involving malpractice against architecture firm for design of commercial structures located at Edens Plaza.

Socata TB-21 Accident Near New River, Arizona

Obtained defense verdict for multi-function display (MFD) manufacturer in litigation and trial arising out of 2002 crash of a Socata TB-21 Trinidad airplane near New River, Arizona.

Foreign Airline Accident in Sumatra, Indonesia

Represented components manufacturer in litigation arising from 1997 mishap involving Foreign Airline's Airbus A-300 in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Mooney M20K Mishap in Rixford, Pennsylvania

Taylor v. Mooney Aircraft Corp., 464 F. Supp. 2d 439 (E.D. Pa. 2006), aff'd, 265 F. App'x 87 (3d Cir. 2008).

Obtained summary judgment in favor of component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2000 crash of Mooney M20K in Rixford, Pennsylvania. Successfully defended component part manufacturer before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster Represented solid rocket motor manufacturer in litigation arising from 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger accident.

Boeing 737 Accident Near Davao, Philippines

Represented manufacturer in litigation arising from 2000 fatal crash of Philippine airline's Boeing 737 as it was attempting to land at Davao International Airport, Davao, Philippines.

Lancair LC-40-550FG Accident Near Steamboat Springs, ColoradoObtained dismissal based on forum non conveniens grounds of litigation arising from 2005 crash of a Lancair LC-40-550FG near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Piper Meridian Accident Near Austin, Texas Represented component manufacturer in a multiple wrongful death litigation arising from a 2009 crash of a Piper Meridian airplane near Austin, Texas.

Cessna 550 Crash into Lake Michigan Near Milwaukee, WisconsinRepresented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2007 crash of Cessna 550 into Lake Michigan near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Regional Airline Accident in Morrisville, North Carolina

Represented engine manufacturer in litigation arising from 1994 crash of regional airline Jetstream 3201 in Morrisville, North Carolina.

Gulfstream G-IV Accident at Palwaukee Municipal Airport, Wheeling, Illinois

Anderson v. Alberto-Culver USA, Inc., 317 Ill. App. 3d 1104, 740 N.E.2d 819 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2000); Anderson v. Alberto-Culver USA, Inc., 337 Ill. App. 3d 643, 789 N.E.2d 304 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2003); Alberto-Culver Co. v. Aon Corp., 351 Ill. App. 3d 123, 812 N.E.2d 369 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2004).

Represented business jet operator in mishap involving a Gulfstream G-IV at Palwaukee Municipal Airport, Wheeling, Illinois. Successfully represented executive flight department and its insurer in various appeals before the Illinois Appellate Court, including obtaining affirmance of favorable jury verdict in wrongful death litigation, reversal of tort immunity finding in favor of co-defendant, and complete reversal of trial court's adverse coverage ruling.

Cessna T210 Mishap in Rosario de la Frontera, Argentina

Obtained summary judgment for component part manufacturer in litigation arising from crash of a Cessna T210 aircraft near Rosario de la Frontera, Argentina, resulting in four deaths.

Refueling Accident of a Boeing 777 Accident at Denver International AirportRepresented manufacturer of aircraft fueling equipment in wrongful death case arising from 2001 fuel fire on a Boeing 777 at the Denver International Airport.

Terrorist Attack at Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome, ItalySweis v. Trans World Airlines, Inc., 681 F. Supp. 501, 502 (N.D. Ill. 1988).

Represented TWA in personal injury case arising from terrorist attack at Rome, Italy airport. Court found in favor of TWA because plaintiff was not in the course of embarking as contemplated by Warsaw Convention at time of attack.

Boeing 737 Accident Near Sulawesi, IndonesiaIn re Air Crash over Makassar Strait, 626 F. Supp. 2d 1354, 1355 (J.P.M.L. 2009); 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2647 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 11, 2011).Obtained dismissal based upon forum non conveniens grounds for U.S. aircraft component part manufacturer in consolidated action involving Indonesian domestic airliner crash in Indonesia.

Mooney M20M Mishap in Midlothian, VirginiaObtained defense verdict for component manufacturer in a multiple wrongful death trial arising out of a 2008 crash of a Mooney M20M airplane in Midlothian, Virginia. (appeal pending)

Boeing 737 Accident at Douala International Airport, Douala, Cameroon

Pettitt v. Boeing Co., 606 F.3d 340 (7th Cir. 2010), remanded to 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 102235 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 28, 2010).

Obtained dismissal on forum non conveniens grounds for U.S. aircraft component part manufacturer in litigation involving crash of Kenyan airline operated  Boeing 737 at Douala International Airport in Cameroon.

Partial Foot Amputation From Escalator in Airport Terminal. Represented airport property manager in claim brought by child who suffered partial foot amputation on escalator in airport terminal.

Aircraft Passenger Personal Injury CaseObtained a favorable defense verdict in a jury trial where plaintiff claimed permanent head and neck injuries from heavy objects falling from aircraft's overhead compartment.

Boeing CT-42A Accident Near Dubrovnik, Croatia (Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown Accident)Represented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 1996 crash of Boeing CT-42A in Dubrovnik, Croatia that resulted in the death of Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown.

Cessna T-210 Mishap off of Dana Point, California

Represented autopilot manufacturer in litigation involving wrongful death claims arising from 2005 crash of Cessna T-210 airplane into Pacific Ocean off of Dana Point, California.

Cessna 340A Crash into Lake Michigan Near Chicago, IllinoisRepresented engine manufacturer in wrongful death litigation arising from crash of Cessna 340A into Lake Michigan near Chicago, Illinois.

McDonnell Douglas MD-82 Accident at Madrid-Barajas Airport

Represented component manufacturer in Multi District Litigation arising out of the fatal crash of a Spanish airline's McDonnell Douglas MD-82 at Madrid Barajas International Airport in Madrid, Spain.

Boeing 737 Mishap in Pucallpa, Peru

Represented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2005 crash of Foreign Airline's Boeing 737 near Pucallpa, Peru.

Beech 200 King Air Mishap in Strasburg, Colorado

Represented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2001 crash of Beech 200 King Air that was carrying members of the Oklahoma State University Basketball Team in Strasburg, Colorado.

Conveyor System Injury at O'Hare Airport Cargo FacilityObtained dismissal for owner of conveyor system arising from traumatic amputation injury to maintenance worker at O'Hare International Airport.

Terrorist Hijacking of TWA Flight 847 at Athens International Airport, Athens, GreeceDarras v. Trans World Airlines, Inc., 617 F. Supp. 1068 (N.D. Ill. 1985), 622 F. Supp. 215 (N.D. Ill. 1985).Represented TWA in personal injury case arising from terrorist hijacking of TWA Flight 847 at Athens International Airport, Athens, Greece.

Piper Saratoga Mishap in Jacksonville, MarylandRepresented component manufacturer in multiple wrongful death litigation arising from a 2007 crash of a Piper Saratoga in Jacksonville, Maryland.

Mooney M20R Mishap in Bluffton, South Carolina

Represented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2001 crash of Mooney M20R in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Cessna 172S Mishap in Sarasota, FloridaRepresented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2001 crash of Cessna 172 in Sarasota, Florida.

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche Mishap in Osage Beach, MissouriRepresented manufacturer in litigation arising from 2001 crash of Piper Comanche in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Passenger Airline Accident Mishap in Tucuti, Panama

Represented manufacturer in litigation arising from 1992 crash of passenger airline aircraft in Tucuti, Panama.

Piper PA-23-250 Aztec Mishap in Ironwood, MichiganRepresented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2004 crash of Piper PA-23-250 Aztec near Ironwood, Michigan.

Cessna 525 Mishap in Branson, Missouri Represented manufacturer in litigation arising from 1999 crash of Cessna 525 in Branson, Missouri.

Cessna 208B Mishap in Parks, ArizonaRepresented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2002 crash of Cessna 208B in Parks, Arizona.

Cessna 172 S Mishap in Coopers Landing, AlaskaRepresented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2001 crash of Cessna 172S in Coopers Landing, Alaska.

Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124 Mishap in Sapotito, MexicoRepresented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2005 crash of Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124 near Sapotito, Mexico.

Cessna 172 S Mishap in Marietta, OklahomaRepresented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2002 crash of Cessna 172 in Marietta, Oklahoma.

Piper PA-28R-200 Mishap in Tunica County, MississippiRepresented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2004 crash of Piper PA-28R-200 near Tunica County, Mississippi.

American Legend AL11C Mishap in Chicago, IllinoisRepresented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2006 crash of American Legend AL11C near Chicago, Illinois.

Aircraft Tow Vehicle Collision Obtained favorable jury verdict in case where plaintiff's vehicle collided with tug being driven by airline employee.

Professionals

 

Crushed Foot Injury Caused by Large ContainerObtained a favorable jury verdict in case where plaintiff suffered a crushed foot from a large container. Case settled during pendency of appeal brought by plaintiff.

Piper Warrior II Mishap Near Flying Cloud Airport, Minnesota Represented fixed base operator at trial arising out of a 2000 crash landing of and subsequent injury to flight instructor.

Mooney M20R Mishap in Leesburg, VirginiaRepresented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2003 crash of Mooney M20R in Leesburg, Virginia.

Cessna T210N Accident Near Teterboro Airport

Represented component manufacturer against a wrongful death claim arising out of a 2002 crash of a Cessna T210N.

Cessna 177 Cardinal Mishap in Delavan, WisconsinRepresented manufacturer in litigation arising from 1995 crash of Cessna 177 Cardinal in Delavan, Wisconsin.

Commander 114-B Mishap in LaGrange, WisconsinRepresented manufacturer in litigation arising from 1998 crash of Commander 114-B in LaGrange, Wisconsin.

Collapse of Truck Lift Accident at Aircraft Storage FacilityRepresented aircraft storage facility in litigation arising out of collapse of a truck lift that resulted in serious injuries to an aircraft mechanic.

Cessna 208 Caravan Mishap in Oak Glen, CaliforniaRepresented multi function display (MFD) manufacturer in wrongful death trial arising from the 2006 crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan airplane in Oak Glen, California.

Cessna 310N Mishap in Danville, IllinoisRepresented manufacturer in litigation arising from 1999 crash of Cessna 310N in Danville, Illinois.

Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124 Mishap in Toucumen, PanamaRepresented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2004 crash of Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124 near Toucumen, Panama.

Cessna 210 Mishap in Farmington, MissouriRepresented engine manufacturer in wrongful death litigation arising from 2001 crash of Cessna 210 in Farmington, Missouri.

Beech J35 Mishap in Somerset, KentuckyRepresented engine manufacturer in litigation arising from 2003 crash of Beech J35 in Somerset, Kentucky.

Cirrus SR-20 Crash Into a Manhattan Apartment Building

Obtained early dismissal of autopilot manufacturer in multiple wrongful death action arising from 2006 crash of Cirrus SR-20 airplane into a Manhattan apartment building in New York.

MU-2B-36 Mishap in Pittsfield, MassachusettsRepresented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2004 crash of MU-2B-36 near Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Cessna 421B Mishap in Jefferson City, MissouriRepresented engine manufacturer in wrongful death litigation arising from 1999 crash of Cessna 421 in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Cessna 172 S Mishap in Asheville, North Carolina

Obtained dismissal for component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2004 crash of Cessna 172 S near Asheville, North Carolina.

Beech E-90 King Air Mishap in Bloomington, IllinoisRepresented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2002 crash of Beech King Air in Bloomington, Illinois.

ATR-72 Mishap in Chulum Juarez, Mexico

Represented manufacturer in litigation arising from 2000 fatal crash of Cuban airline operated ATR-72 in Chulum Juarez, Mexico.

McDonnell Douglas MD-80 Mishap in Solo City, Indonesia

Represented aircraft lessor in litigation arising from 2004 crash of a McDonnell Douglas MD-80 near Solo City, Indonesia.

Cessna 172 S Mishap in McKinney, Texas Represented component manufacturer in litigation arising from 2003 crash of Cessna 172S in McKinney, Texas.