Products Liability

Our group has years of experience in fighting companies over defective products.  Some of the cases that we have successfully litigated or settled are listed below:

BLG was co-lead class counsel in Vereen v. Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc., a national class action over the sale of defective drywall, pending in the Superior Court of Muscogee County, Georgia.  On January 12, 2012, a settlement was finally approved by that court, affording financial relief to over 40,000 claimants.  In approving the requested fee award, the Vereen Court spoke of our “excellent reputations in the legal community.”

In 2000, Don Barrett was appointed as Lead Class Counsel by Chief Judge Sarah Evans Barker in the Bridgestone/Firestone/Ford tire and Explorer litigation, centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (MDL No. 1373). A nationwide settlement of the consumer class case against Bridgestone/Firestone was achieved in 2004 and approved by the Court in a Texas state case. In December 2007, a California court approved a multi-state class action settlement with Ford Motor Company.  Final approval was granted in April 2008.

Don Barrett was the lead Court-appointed counsel for the plaintiffs in the litigation against General Motors Corporation concerning the “sidesaddle” fuel tank litigation.  Final approval of a nationwide settlement with a minimum value to the class of $500 million was achieved in April of 1999.

Don Barrett was co-lead counsel in the national class action against Chrysler Corporation for its defective rear minivan door latches.  In this case, a settlement was reached in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of California in the fall of 1995, and was finally approved by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in early 1999.


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