Products Liability


Representative Matters

Butler Rubin’s Products Liability team has the business and litigation abilities as well as the experience to effectively handle any products liability matter from early case assessment through trial to verdict.  For more than 30 years, we have represented clients in products liability cases in jurisdictions across the country.  Our representations include a variety of roles, such as acting as “National Coordinating Counsel,” settlement counsel and as part of “front line” trial teams.  We have defended manufacturers and distributors in numerous federal and state courts.  Our skills and experience includes handling cases involving catastrophic injuries, mass recalls, and other complex issues.  Of special importance to many of our clients is our role in advising on litigation avoidance as well as potential products liability exposure under current common law, statutory and regulatory schemes.

Our experience litigating products liability disputes includes handling cases involving:

  • Asbestos
  • Automotive products
  • Chemicals
  • Electrical components
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Industrial machinery
  • Silica
  • Tires
  • Tobacco

Our team has extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Asbestos knowledge and trial experience – including serving as lead trial counsel in various states;
  • Litigating and Managing Claims – on behalf of formerly related companies for rights under common insurance policies;
  • Mass tort litigation experience – including representing major defendants in complex litigation in Illinois and many other jurisdictions;
  • Management-level case/litigation oversight – including resource allocation issues and settlement decisions as well as coordinating with outside counsel, consultants and all aspects of data management for large case litigation; and
  • Coordination with outside consultants – in related areas such as insurance coverage, economic analysis and environmental investigation.

Butler Rubin attorneys have deep experience in a broad spectrum of products liability matters including the following work:

  • Serving as National Coordinating Counsel for manufacturers in mass tort cases, our lawyers oversaw litigation, managed performance of local counsel, and supervised and assisted local counsel throughout the United States in the defense and resolution of the underlying bodily injury suits.
  • Representing numerous manufacturing and premises clients in asbestos and silica litigation in courts throughout the nation and instituting programs to significantly reduce costs and future litigation.
  • Litigating products liability cases in jurisdictions across the country.
  • Since 1997, we have represented Liggett Group Inc. and its affiliates in products liability and related litigation in Cook County on the health hazards and addictive nature of tobacco.  We have successfully represented the company in individual smoker, class action and health care reimbursement claims and we are very familiar with federal preemption doctrines, assumption of the risk theories and defenses for with intrinsically dangerous products.

Butler Rubin lawyers have been litigating asbestos cases since the early 1980s, for large public corporations, small companies facing catastrophic liabilities, and many companies in between.  We have:

  • Served as Illinois trial counsel for USG Corporation;
  • Served as national counsel for a public holding company that acquired subsidiaries that resulted in over 20,000 cases around the country;
  • Represented a very small public company in its challenge to the assertion of jurisdiction over it by Illinois courts;
  • Served as Liaison Counsel for defendants in asbestos property damage cases throughout Illinois;
  • Negotiated mass settlements as well as scores of individual settlements;
  • Coordinated product testing; and
  • Developed and implemented management strategies for handling asbestos liabilities.