Overview

HunterMaclean represents a wide variety of manufacturers in product liability litigation and counseling. The firm’s capable attorneys understand the complexities that arise in defending strict liability, negligence, and warranty claims brought against manufacturers.

Personal attention; national experience

HunterMaclean lawyers coordinate counsel for large corporations, bringing to bear decades of experience working with national, regional, and local manufacturing clients. As a result, the team of attorneys at HunterMaclean blends a comprehensive understanding of the law in all fifty states with the personal, one-on-one attention that is a hallmark of HunterMaclean’s practice.

A comprehensive firm

HunterMaclean litigators share a nuanced understanding of diverse product liability industries. These include short- and long-term exposure to a variety of mists, vapors, gases, liquids, and fumes. Representation in mass tort litigation has also involved asbestos, formaldehyde, carpal tunnel, hearing loss, and diesel exhaust. HunterMaclean has also garnered experience in many different types of vehicle cases, including rollovers and power steering, while stewarding the best interests of car manufacturers for more than 40 years.

HunterMaclean represents manufacturers of:

  • Automobiles
  • Consumer products
  • Aircrafts
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Heavy equipment
  • Commercial products
  • Toys
  • Watercrafts
  • Electrical parts

HunterMaclean’s work on behalf of clients has established the firm as a leader in product liability defense, with a proven record of success.

Experience

  • Great Dane LP: Serve as a coordinating counsel for global trailer manufacturer’s product liability litigation.
  • Trickett v. Advanced Neuromodulation Systems Inc.: Represented medical device manufacturer in product liability lawsuit stemming from alleged defective spinal cord stimulator.
  • Numerous plaintiffs v. Merck: Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer in Vioxx cases.
  • Numerous plaintiffs v. Georgia Pacific: Plaintiffs alleged brain damage from off-gassing; successful trial results.
  • Various plaintiffs v. Ford Motor Company: Defended Ford through trial in numerous cases, primarily related to rollovers of sport utility vehicles.
  • Toyota Motor Sales USA: Successfully defended various product cases plus successful third party claim against dealer in airbag death.
  • Numerous plaintiffs v. Baxter Healthcare / Baxter International: Represented breast implant manufacturer in various personal injury lawsuits relating to the implants.
  • Pitts v. Fisher-Price Inc.: Represented toy manufacturer in product liability lawsuit resulting in ultimate dismissal with prejudice in favor of client.
  • Smith v. Caterpillar Inc.: Plaintiff dismissed lawsuit on eve of summary judgment hearing in this product liability lawsuit alleging excessive carbon monoxide exposure.
  • Jenkins v. Caterpillar Inc.: Plaintiff alleged design defects in state-of-the-art cut-to-length logging equipment. Court granted summary judgment to manufacturer client on all warranty, contract, and products claims relating to the sale and use of farm equipment of more than $1 million.
  • Bomfim v. Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP): Represented personal watercraft manufacturer in jury trial with favorable verdict.
  • Taylor v. BRP and Medley v. BRP: Represented personal watercraft manufacturer in product liability lawsuits stemming from alleged defective design.
  • Boekenheide v. Club Car Inc.: Represented golf car manufacturer in product liability lawsuit stemming from alleged defective design that caused multi-million dollar property loss claim.
  • Cuya v. Ashland Inc.: Obtained dismissal of manufacturer in product liability/wrongful death action.
  • Myers v. Nutone Inc.: Plaintiff convinced to voluntarily dismiss cause of action against manufacturer client in this products liability lawsuit after significant investigation into cause of fire that led to plaintiff’s injuries.
  • Kulawiak v. Boise Cascade LLC: Represented manufacturer of engineered wood products in defective design claim.
  • Square D / Schneider Electric: Represent electrical parts manufacturer in various matters relating to its products.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

Know Your Obligations for Post-Sale Product Safety

By HunterMaclean Attorneys, published on May 25, 2011, in Business in Savannah.

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Liability for Legacy Equipment

By Nicholas J. Laybourn, published on January 15, 2011, in 2009 and 2011 ALFA International Compendium of Product Liability Law Issues.

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Liability of Component Part Manufacturers

By Nicholas J. Laybourn, published on January 15, 2011, in 2009 and 2011 ALFA International Compendium of Product Liability Law Issues.

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Admissibility of Plaintiff Expert Testimony

By Nicholas J. Laybourn, published on January 15, 2011, in 2009 and 2011 ALFA International Compendium of Product Liability Law Issues.

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Loss Allocation in Light of the MCS-90 Endorsement

Chapter by HunterMaclean Attorneys in the treatise Truck Accident Litigation, 2d Ed., published on January 5, 2006, by the American Bar Association.

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The Benefit of the Independent Creation Rule

By HunterMaclean Attorneys, published on February 13, 2003, in Products Liability Publication.

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Presentations

Products Liability

Presented by John M. Hewson, III, and Bradley M. Harmon to a HunterMaclean client in Savannah, Georgia, on April 27, 2016.

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Products Liability

Presented by John M. Hewson, III, and Bradley M. Harmon to a HunterMaclean client in Savannah, Georgia, on July 24, 2014.

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U.S. Litigation: A Comparison of Various Aspects of Litigating Cases in the U.S. and China

Presented by HunterMaclean Attorneys at the 2014 ALFA International Asia regional seminar, Flattening Legal Borders: Product Liability and IP/IT Issues for Asian Companies, in Beijing, China, on May 16, 2014.

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Products Liability Caselaw Update for 2012

Presented at the 20th Annual Product Liability CLE in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 2, 2012, by HunterMaclean Attorneys.

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Fire Investigations & Litigation

Presented at the ALFA Product Liability Practice Group Seminar in Laguna Nigel, California, in November 2008 and in Nashville, Tennessee, in November 2011 by HunterMaclean Attorneys.

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Dealing with the Increase in Fire Claims: Fighting Fire with Fire

Presented at the ALFA Product Liability Practice Group Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 23, 2011, by HunterMaclean Attorneys.

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Sector Specific Green Focus: Product Liability, Construction & Real Estate

Presented at the ALFA International Law Practice Group Seminar in Paris, France, on September 24, 2010, by HunterMaclean Attorneys.

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Global Product Recalls

Presented at the ALFA International Client Seminar in Palm Beach, California, in March 2007 by HunterMaclean Attorneys.

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The Risks & Benefits of Offering Optional Safety Devices

Presented at the annual National Products Liability Conference held by the Defense Research Institute in spring 2002 by HunterMaclean Attorneys.

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Manufacturer’s Liability Related to Optional Safety Devices

Presented at the Defense Research Institute Products Liability Conference, Young Lawyers Seminar, in Los Angeles, California, in February 2002 by HunterMaclean Attorneys.

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The Risks & Benefits of Offering Optional Safety Devices

Presented at the ALFA International 2000 Product Liability Practice Group Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 10, 2000, by HunterMaclean Attorneys.

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Subsequent Product Design Modifications, Warnings, Instructions and Label Changes

Material for presentation at ALFA International Liability Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia, in May 2000 by HunterMaclean Attorneys.

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News

HunterMaclean Honored with Eight First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017 “Best Law Firms”

HunterMaclean was honored to be recognized with eight first-tier rankings in the 2017 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The complete list of rankings is published on the U.S. News website.

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HunterMaclean Honored with Eight First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2016 “Best Law Firms”

HunterMaclean was recently honored with eight first-tier rankings in the 2016 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The complete list of rankings is published on the U.S. News web site.

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20 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that 20 attorneys from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016.

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China Presentation by HunterMaclean Attorney Dennis Keene Addresses Product Liability and Litigation

HunterMaclean partner Dennis Keene spoke at a seminar in Beijing on product liability concerns for Chinese companies, particularly how lawsuits are litigated in state and federal courts in the United States and the role of mediation as an alternative dispute resolution tool.

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Fifteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2014 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Atlanta magazine just announced the top attorneys in the state of Georgia, and 15 attorneys at HunterMaclean were named either Georgia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars.

 

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HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected as Georgia Trend 2013 Legal Elite

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that Georgia Trend recently honored five HunterMaclean attorneys in the magazine’s annual “Legal Elite” ranking, which recognizes top attorneys in the state of Georgia.

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HunterMaclean Honored in 2014 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

HunterMaclean recently earned nine First Tier and four Second Tier rankings in the 2014 edition of  U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”

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25 HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America® 2014

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014.

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HunterMaclean Partner Dennis Keene Named Chair of ALFA International Product Liability Practice Group

HunterMaclean partner Denis Keene has been named chair of the ALFA International Product Liability Practice Group, which provides legal counsel to product manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers.

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Firm Partner Chris Phillips Inducted Into American Board of Trial Advocates

Chris Phillips was recently inducted into the American Board of Trail Advocates, a national association of trial lawyers and judges

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Attorney Nicholas J. Laybourn Named Partner at HunterMaclean

Litigator Nicholas J. Laybourn was recently named a firm partner at HunterMaclean.

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HunterMaclean Honored with First-Tier Rankings in 2013 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Nine HunterMaclean practices were recognized by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers withFirst-Tier rankings.

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28 HunterMaclean Attorneys Among 'Best'

HunterMaclean, a business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, has announced that 28 lawyers from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.

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