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CONSUMER PRODUCTS LITIGATION

For more than 30 years, industry leaders have retained us to handle high-stakes and complex commercial, personal injury, class action, mass tort, RICO and cost recovery lawsuits involving consumer products. These have involved a number of multibillion-dollar claims in federal and state courts across the United States. We have successfully tried dozens of cases during nearly every wave of large-scale consumer products liability litigation: asbestos, tobacco, dioxin, lead, silicone breast implants, repetitive trauma, pharmaceuticals and food products.

 

 

Case Studies

Silencing product liability claims against a siren manufacturer

Thompson Coburn has represented Kawasaki Motors USA for more than a decade. We serve as national counsel on product liability matters related to personal watercraft, ATVs and motorcycles. We have successfully represented Kawasaki in even the most challenging venues, compiling a track record that includes winning summary judgments and seeing cases dropped by plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Blue v. Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA
This suit was filed in Johnson County, Texas, a nationally known class action venue. The presiding judge in the case had ruled on nearly every class action filed in that venue in the preceding 10 years and had certified every single one. Thompson Coburn represented Kawasaki. Discovery was very broad and lasted for almost two years. During a two-week certification hearing, both sides presented expert testimony, including legal experts, economists and engineers. Our work during the certification was so compelling that the plaintiff’s counsel withdrew the action before the closing arguments in the hearing.

Thompson Coburn represented Kawasaki Heavy Industries and its subsidiaries in major patent litigation against Bombardier Recreational Products. Bombardier first filed suit in the Middle District of Florida (Bombardier Recreational Prods., Inc. et al v. Kawasaki Heavy Indus., Ltd., et al.) on several patents and demanded a substantial royalty payment. We successfully petitioned the USPTO to re-examine all of the patents in suit from the Florida litigation, resulting in a Court Order staying that litigation. Simultaneously, Kawasaki filed suit against Bombardier in the Eastern District of Texas on several Kawasaki patents, thus shifting the advantage to Kawasaki. See Kawasaki Heavy indus. Ltd. v. Bombardier Recreational Prods., Inc., et al. No. 5:06-cv-222-DF (E.D. Tex.). The parties settled on terms favorable to Kawasaki.

Tobacco Litigation, Medical Monitoring Cases, Civil Action No. 0-C-6000
This product liability class action of 270,000 West Virginia cigarette smokers was tried to a jury verdict. The first trial ended in a mistrial. The second trial lasted 26 trial days. We obtained defense verdicts on all counts, including product defect, negligence and breach of voluntary undertaking.

United States of America v. Philip Morris USA Inc., f/k/a Philip Morris Inc., et al.
We tried this case as part of our ongoing role as national counsel for Lorillard Tobacco Company. A team of our attorneys and staff lived in Washington, D.C., for nearly a year defending Lorillard at trial. The case was extraordinarily large and complex by any measure, involving tens of millions of document pages and hundreds of expert and fact depositions. Following the trial, the parties submitted proposed post-trial findings and conclusions that totaled nearly 5,000 pages. The District Court filed its 1,652-page opinion in August 2006, which, upon motion by the defendants, was stayed by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in October 2006.

We continue to represent Lorillard in matters related to the recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision in United States v. Philip Morris, Inc.; in a lawsuit brought by 52 Missouri hospitals seeking to recover unreimbursed costs of treating smokers; and in a consolidation of some 700 personal injury cases in West Virginia.

News

Liz Blackwell elected to American Law Institute’s class of 2017

Thompson Coburn continues to exclude plaintiffs’ expert witnesses in personal watercraft products liability litigation

Thompson Coburn helps Yamaha resolve significant injury cases

Judge Shaw helps Philip Morris defeat $1.5B class action case in 30 minutes

Tim Sullivan, Jayna Rust to lead ‘Lunch and Learn’ for federal contractors at Eastern Foundry

25 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2015 Chambers USA

Los Angeles litigator, business advisor Rich Reinis joins Thompson Coburn

Jury throws out hearing loss claims against Federal Signal in Philadelphia

112 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2015 Best Lawyers list

Thompson Coburn sponsors St. Louis ‘Inventor of the Year’ awards celebration

108 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2014 Best Lawyers list

Kawasaki wins defense verdict in Jet Ski explosion suit

Thompson Coburn leads Lorillard to defense victory in West Virginia tobacco trial

Monsanto wins unanimous ruling from U.S. Supreme Court

Thompson Coburn secures latest defense win for Federal Signal in product liability trial over sirens

Chicago judge tosses nationwide class action against Kawasaki

Thompson Coburn again earns national top-tier rankings in U.S. News ‘Best Law Firms’ survey

Partner Liz Blackwell named a 2013 Woman Worth Watching

102 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2013 Best Lawyers list

David Coffman joins Thompson Coburn as a partner

Thompson Coburn tobacco victory named Missouri's ‘Top Defense Win of 2011’

Sue Werstak featured in Profiles in Diversity Journal as ‘Woman Worth Watching’

Steve Garlock quoted in front-page Wall Street Journal story on FURminator’s patent successes

Carl Rowley named Legal Champion by Missouri Lawyers Media

Thompson Coburn sweeps 37 plaintiffs in jury verdicts for Lorillard Tobacco Company

Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6420

Liz represents consumer product manufacturers in high-stakes product liability and false advertising litigation in state and federal courts across the country.

Liz represents consumer product manufacturers in high-stakes product liabil...

Liz Blackwell
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6551

Heather defends clients facing consumer products claims and commercial litigation.

Heather defends clients facing consumer products claims and comme...

Heather Counts
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6024

Jim practices in the firm's litigation area with an emphasis on land-use litigation, environmental contamination and product liability defense.

Jim practices in the firm's litigation area with an emphasis on land-use li...

Jim Cox
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6038

A Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Dean has extensive first chair trial experience, limiting his practice to intellectual property and commercial lit...

A Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Dean has extensive ...

Dean Franklin
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6146

Steve has successfully litigated a wide variety of matters for more than 25 years, the last 10 of which have focused on intellectual property.

Steve has successfully litigated a wide variety of matters for more than 25...

Steve Garlock
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6040

Allan’s practice includes preparation and trial work in product liability, asbestos, carpal tunnel syndrome, and legal and medical malpractice.

Allan’s practice includes preparation and trial work in product liability, ...

Allan Goodloe
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6049

Ed is a veteran litigator and head of the Firm's Antitrust Practice Group.

Ed is a veteran litigator and head of the Firm's Antitrust Practice Group.

Ed Harvey
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6054

For more than 30 years, Steve has maintained a national trial practice in bet-the-company litigation.

For more than 30 years, Steve has maintained a national trial practice in b...

Steve Higgins
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6159

Chris leads complex litigation and class action defense for a host of major corporations in the financial services and agriculture industries.

Chris leads complex litigation and class action defense for a host of major...

Chris Hohn
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6485

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety of privately-held businesses, manufacturers, financial institutions, and nonprofits.

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety ...

Benjamin Hulsey
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6058

Dale is a nationally recognized practitioner in the areas of sweepstakes and promotions law, and antitrust and trade regulation.

Dale is a nationally recognized practitioner in the areas of sweepstakes an...

Dale Joerling
Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6132

Trey has represented clients before state and federal courts in a wide variety of products liability, class action, business litigation and land-rights litigation matters...

Trey has represented clients before state and federal courts in a wide vari...

Trey Lawrence
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6542

Greg represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and sophisticated securities offerings, and offers advice on the wide range of regulatory and compliance issues affect...

Greg represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and sophisticated secur...

Greg Mennerick
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6081

Mike has extensive experience in complex litigation, including products liability, RICO, toxic tort claims, and contract disputes.

Mike has extensive experience in complex litigation, including products lia...

Mike Minton
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6595

Sartouk is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice area.

Sartouk is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice area.

Sartouk Moussavi
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6084

Rick's litigation practice includes a wide range of matters, with emphasis in product liability, commercial litigation and maritime matters.

Rick's litigation practice includes a wide range of matters, with emphasis ...

Rick Mueller
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6086

Jack tries complex cases involving intellectual property, product liability and commercial issues before various state and federal courts.

Jack tries complex cases involving intellectual property, product liability...

Jack Musgrave
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6185

Carl has represented corporations in high-stakes litigation on a regional and national basis for over 25 years.

Carl has represented corporations in high-stakes litigation on a regional a...

Carl Pesce
Partner
Southern Illinois
618 236 3415

Kurt is experienced in the defense of personal injury and property damage litigation including FELA, trucking, product liability, class action and mass tort litigation.

Kurt is experienced in the defense of personal injury and property damage l...

Kurt Reitz
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6100

Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been covered by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg News, C...

Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been cover...

Carl Rowley
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6102

Bruce is co-chair of the Firm's appellate practice and has participated in more than 60 appeals involving a diverse range of subjects, such as products liability, FELA, c...

Bruce is co-chair of the Firm's appellate practice and has participated in ...

Bruce Ryder
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6087

Retired Judge Booker Shaw brings clients valuable insight and perspective gained from his more than 25 years on the bench.

Retired Judge Booker Shaw brings clients valuable insight and perspective g...

Booker Shaw
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6110

Dave represents railroads and major manufacturers in environmental and occupational exposure litigation throughout the Midwest and across the country.

Dave represents railroads and major manufacturers in environmental and occu...

Dave Stratmann
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6350

Sue represents product manufacturers facing high-exposure suits in courtrooms across the country.

Sue represents product manufacturers facing high-exposure suits in courtroo...

Sue Werstak
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6458

Jason is a dynamic and highly effective litigator who develops and executes creative solutions to resolve product liability, personal injury, and commercial disputes in s...

Jason is a dynamic and highly effective litigator who develops and executes...

Jason Wheeler