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PRACTICES & INDUSTRIES

While our firm is best known for defending automobile manufacturers, our lawyers counsel an array of Global 500 and internationally-based clients in high-stakes, national litigation in a range of industries.

Consumer Products

At Bowman and Brooke, we take pride in over 30 years of defending thousands of product liability claims. Combining our trial-focused training and case management experience, we have a team of skilled lawyers to handle cases involving consumer products.

We defend manufacturers of a full range of consumer products—household appliances, food and tobacco, sports equipment and bicycles, power tools, child products, and more. Bowman and Brooke attorneys defend individual cases and mass tort attacks so our clients can do their job—develop and market their products.

As a national product defense firm, we understand the public perceptions and expectations regarding the responsibility of product manufacturers. Our lawyers draw on the insights gained through trials and motions practice to counsel clients on how to minimize the risk of future claims. Regulatory inquiries, requirements, recalls and testimonies are not new to us. At Bowman and Brooke, our cases routinely concern the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as related requirements and laws such as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). We help companies initiate effective compliance programs, claims department training programs, product safety warnings and labeling, warranty programs, and more.

CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.
  • Feb 17, 2017
    Van Nuys, CA

    Unanimous Defense Verdict in California Liftgate Trial for Ford
    After a trial lasting more than a month in Van Nuys, California, a jury delivered a unanimous and complete defense verdict in less than an hour on behalf of Ford Motor Company on February 17, 2017 in the case of Micaela and Donald Bensko v. Ford Motor Company.  Plaintiffs sought in excess of $23,000,000 in damages allegedly caused by a defect in their 2011 Ford Flex.  Specifically, it was alleged that the design of the power liftgate on the Ford Flex created an unreasonably dangerous condition. 

  • Mar 13, 2013
    Minneapolis, MN
    In the Bayside Holdings, Ltd. v. Viracon, Inc., case, Bayside installed hurricane-resistant windows manufactured by our client Viracon. Shortly after installation of the windows, Bayside alleged cracking and delamination occurred in some of the windows. Nine years after it noticed the alleged defects, Bayside filed suit against Viracon alleging breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and negligence.
  • Oct 28, 2010
    Broward County, FL
    Arthur William Rohr, Personal Representative for the Estate of Arthur Rohr v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company was tried in the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County, Florida. In the second phase of the trial, after two days of deliberations, the jury assigned 100% of the fault for his injuries to the smoker based on his conscious, controlled and voluntary decision to smoke despite full knowledge of health risks and potential consequences.
  • Nov 20, 2009
    Boise, ID
    Plaintiff claimed millions in losses allegedly caused by defendant's milk byproduct sold as a feed ingredient for plaintiff's cattle-raising business, in this commercial/contract matter. The Boise, Idaho jury found that the defendant did not make promises the plaintiff was alleging, but instead delivered the product requested and promised to the plaintiff, and therefore was not responsible for damages.
  • Apr 29, 2009
    Florida

    Kalyvas v. Philip Morris USA, Defense Verdict
    Surviving spouse of smoker sought damages as a potential member of Engle de-certified class of smokers in Hillsborough County, Florida. Plaintiff, through her attorney, Howard Acosta, sought $30 million dollars in compensatory damages and additional punitive damages for the death from lung cancer of Spyros Kalyvas. After a three-week trial and 6 hours of deliberation, the jury returned a defense verdict finding that the plaintiff had not proven that addiction to Philip Morris cigarettes was a legal cause of decedent’s death.

  • June 4, 2018
    News
    Bowman and Brooke LLP has been recognized for the eleventh consecutive year by UK-based The Legal 500 for “Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense.”
  • June 12, 2017
    Articles
    Bowman and Brooke has been recognized by UK-based The Legal 500 for Product Liability, Mass Tort, and Class Action Defense excellence across multiple practice areas, including Motor Vehicles, Life Sciences, and Consumer Products. The firm saw significant gains in this year’s rankings; the Life Science practice landed in Band One for the first time and Consumer Products rose to Band Three, up from last year’s Band Four placement.
  • July 6, 2016
    Articles
    For the ninth consecutive year, Bowman and Brooke LLP has been ranked as a preeminent product defense firm, according to recently-released 2016 United States rankings from The Legal 500.
  • June 1, 2016
    Legal Alert
    In a rule released late last week, the FDA is now requiring companies to construct a "food defense plan." This is the first time that companies are being called on to establish a plan to defend against intentional (tortious) attacks on the U.S. food supply. Should such attacks occur, this new rule could provide a platform to the plaintiffs’ bar to attempt to expand the concept of manufacturers’ civil liability for the crimes or intentional torts of third parties in a dramatic new way. We are working on strategies and approaches to deal with this possibility and would be happy to share our strategies with you.

Integrated Services

In addition to providing stellar legal counsel, we integrate our provision of other key services with the work of our legal teams. The result? Highly effective and efficient client service.

The Legal 500

Recognized for the eleventh consecutive year in “Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense.”