Products Liability & Toxic Tort

When injuries or disaster strikes on the job or in production.

Our attorneys have decades of experience defending a variety of tort claims in state and federal courts across Louisiana. We have handled numerous personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage claims arising from alleged defective products, chemical releases, and exposure, as well as claims regarding alleged exposure to benzene, asbestos, or other hazards.  We approach these cases with ingenuity and energy.  We also represent insurers in coverage matters relating to such exposures.  From initial response to trial and appeal, we focus on minimizing exposure and efficiently resolving these challenging claims.

Representative Matters:

  • The firm’s attorneys have represented thousands of corporate and individual defendants in lawsuits arising from a variety of casualty losses, exposure to benzene, or exposure to asbestos, striving to bring each claim to closure as efficiently and effectively as possible.

  • Orleans Sheet Metal Roofing Corp. v. Entergy Louisiana (Civil District Court, State of Louisiana). Firm attorneys successfully defended a contractor against claims by a utility company and the plaintiff who had suffered debilitating injuries from an electric shock. The contractor was alleged to have allowed the employee to work near a power line without appropriate clearance or notice to the utility.

  • Representation of an RV dealership in defense of wrongful death claim brought by estate of owner electrocuted while working on the RV.

  • Representation of a hotel owner in defense of five lawsuits arising from the electric shock of multiple individuals working on a scaffolding during a hotel renovation project.

  • Duvio v. Specialty Pools Co., 15-0243 (La. App. 4 Cir. 6/06/16), 216 So. 3d 999. Firm attorneys tried and won a jury trial in St. Bernard Parish concerning the faulty installation of a swimming pool. The firm’s attorneys convinced the Court of Appeal to affirm the jury’s verdict.

  • Williams v. Syngenta Corp., No. 15-644, 2016 WL 807762 (M.D. Mar. 3, 2016). In this wrongful death case, our attorneys obtained full dismissal of a contractor alleged to have allowed exposure to glyphosate that caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

  • Perkins v. Pel Hughes Printing, L.L.C., No. 17-6689, 2018 WL 6345492 (E.D. La. Dec. 3. 2018). Our attorneys obtained summary judgment against dismissing all of plaintiff ’s employment discrimination and negligence claims.

  • Dominion Exploration & Production v. Cordoaria Sao Leopoldo, S.A., No. 07-9492 (E.D. La.) The firm successfully defended a rope manufacturer against claims that its allegedly defective rope caused an off-shore drilling rig to have more than one-month of downtime ($40 million loss). The case settled on confidential terms after motion practice.

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