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The MWH Product Liability attorneys take a proactive approach to vigorously protect commercial entities from lawsuits alleging defective products. We possess an acute understanding of the potential risks associated with the creation and/or distribution of products and are determined to identify and mitigate those risks before claims arise. Our team makes it a priority to stay up to date on relevant representative cases and industry trends to provide comprehensive legal counsel regarding safety and regulatory compliance. We assist clients throughout the life cycle of a product, from inception, including counsel regarding product design, to labeling, warnings and disclaimers, warranties, and more.

MWH has the experience to handle product liability litigation in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Our seasoned trial attorneys provide legal assistance from the date of loss through the resolution of claims/litigation. We have experience in working with experts and participating in both fire inspections and inspections of defective products. We also have experience in working with experts to develop destructive and non-destructive testing protocols related to the testing of product and/or parts. Our attorneys have handled all phases of litigation, including drafting appropriate written discovery, responding to written discovery, deposing experts, engaging in mediation, and litigating in a trial setting.

Scope of Services

  • Product Liability Litigation
    • Including, but not limited to, medical and hospital equipment and furniture, cranes and other construction equipment, industrial boilers and water heaters, lawn mowers, valves, controls and other small engine components, carpeting, lighter fluid, and foodstuffs, as well as damaging fires allegedly caused by defective products
  • Consumer Product Regulatory Issues and Recalls
  • Safety and Regulatory Compliance Counseling
  • Product Design and Development Counseling
  • Negligence and Consumer Fraud

Recent Representative Matters

  • Defended local, privately held restaurants in several salmonella cases. Defended matters through motions for summary judgment, arguing causation.
  • Obtained summary judgment for Fortune 25® retailer in a case where plaintiff allegedly sustained injuries as a result of consuming undercooked chicken purchased at the retail location.
  • Coordinated response to an extensive third-party subpoena for a pharmacy distributor tangentially involved in a class action lawsuit against a pharmaceutical manufacturer.
  • Obtained a defense jury verdict in litigation involving a plaintiff who suffered injuries resulting in quadriplegia.
  • Defended medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies against hospital-grade product liability claims in the state of Iowa.
  • Acted as local counsel in a lawsuit filed against a national legacy brand alleging that the presence of BPA in baby bottles was toxic to consumers.
  • Acted as local counsel for a case in which the plaintiff allegedly developed metallosis from insertion of a hip implant. Case was resolved before going to trial.
  • Routinely handle litigation involving food-related injury claims ranging from food poisoning to burns.