Material Handling

In addition to the firm’s comprehensive, decades-long work history with many of the world’s largest motor vehicle manufacturers, the firm represents the leading manufacturers of material handling equipment in products liability and commercial warranty actions in state and federal courts across the Northeast.

Litigation concerning material handling products liability often involves state of the art technology and complex questions of science, engineering, and medicine. The nature of the claims made include machine and load stability, tipover resistance, roof structures and rollover protective devices, operator restraints, machine control features, and visibility and accident avoidance. Technical disciplines that we are proficient in span mechanical engineering, metallurgy, physics, dynamics, fuel systems, combustion engineering, fluid dynamics, hydraulics, electronics and electrical engineering, ergonomics, biomechanics, and injury mechanisms. These disciplines require, and we possess, detailed knowledge of industry standards promulgated by associations like ANSI, ASTM, and SAE. Legal issues we handle involve federal statutes and regulations promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, federal statutory and decisional law on preemption, the Class Action Fairness Act, and numerous state common and statutory laws applicable to strict liability, warranty, unfair and deceptive practices, and negligence. Other such legal and engineering issues we handle involve European Union directives, and foreign industry associations such as the Japan Society of Automotive Engineers.

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