Product manufacturers and distributors have a duty to consumers to make sure that what they are selling is honestly portrayed, adequately labeled, and that any dangers posed by the product are clearly and wholly communicated to the public. Unfortunately, we have seen this promise betrayed in recent years, from Monsanto’s cancer-causing weed killer and Johnson & Johnson’s asbestos-tainted baby powder, to addictive Juul pods and defective Takata airbags. Thousands of product liability lawsuits are filed every year. All you need is a reasonable suspicion in order to inquire about joining a product liability class action case. The experienced class action attorneys at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer, and Graifman will investigate on your behalf, at no upfront cost to you.
Is It Worth Joining a Product Liability Class Action Lawsuit?
Most product liability class action lawsuits are resolved by an early settlement and never progress to court to minimize the amount of time and money it takes to resolve the claim. Even when manufacturers adamantly deny they were to blame, they are often willing to pay substantial sums of money to quiet the matter and limit damage to their reputation. Settlement values are often in the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, and can reach into the millions.
If you or a loved one have been harmed by a consumer product, you could be eligible to receive money for all of the losses or damages you sustained as a result of the defective product, including replacement costs for broken parts, as well as medical expenses and lost wages from time missed at work due to injuries.
KGG Law deals with the tough, seemingly unwinnable cases. Our decades worth of experience and multi-million-dollar awards show we have the tenacity and knowhow to win.
Past Product Liability Class Action Victories
Gary S. Graifman, who has successfully shepherded a number of product liability class actions and consumer fraud cases, leads our class action lawsuit team.
- One of our most highly-publicized cases involves Daimler Chrysler’s Jeep Grand Cherokees, model years 1999-2004 (Robert Lubitz, et al. v. DaimlerChrysler Corp). The New Jersey Superior Court in Bergen County certified a nationwide class action valued at $14.5 million for selling vehicles that had faulty, pulsating brakes.
- In a similar case, Sheris v. Nissan North America, Inc., the U.S. District Court of New Jersey approved a $340 per brake replacement cost on Nissan G35x model vehicles to reimburse motorists for known brake and rotor defects.
- The California Superior Court of San Francisco County approved a $15 million class action settlement for misrepresented computer monitors in Maizes & Maizes, et. al v. Apple Computer Inc.
These are just a few of the many class actions we’ve succeeded in representing. KGG Law has offices based in Rockland County, NY, and Bergen County, NJ, but we represent class action filings in courts around the country.
Can You File a Class Action Claim If There Has Been No Injury?
No-injury, consumer protection, and breach of warranty class actions have risen in number in recent years. The courts recognize design defects, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn as sufficient grounds to sue. Proof may be obtained by conducting a thorough investigation, taking depositions, subpoenaing documents, and looking to independent third-party research to substantiate a class action claim.
Not all product liability claims end up as class actions. In some instances, product liability lawsuits filed by individual plaintiffs are joined together into Multi-District Litigation (MDL), which streamlines early discovery procedures and establishes common points of fact shared by many plaintiffs around the country. After a few early bellwether cases are heard by a centralized court, the remainder of the cases are then remanded back to the courts where they were filed for their own individual trials. This is different from a class action lawsuit, in which all members of the class join together to file a single lawsuit and all take an equal share of the proceeds.
Working with an experienced product liability class action lawyerwill help you decide how to best pursue your claim.
Speak with an Attorney About Your Product Liability Class Action Case, Free of Charge
The class action lawsuit lawyers at KGG Law are happy to discuss a potential claim with you. Each state has its own particular statute of limitations – a deadline for filing such claims. In most states, it’s a few years from the time of injury or loss. Sometimes extensions are granted when plaintiffs only recently traced their injuries back to a defective item.
Since class action personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis and it costs nothing upfront to pursue products liability litigation, it’s worth a phone call. Contact us 24/7 to explore your legal rights.