Product Liability

From Fortune 500 corporations to small family businesses, companies must defend lawsuits that have the potential to impact their business and their reputation. Verrill's Product Liability, Toxic Torts, & Mass Tort Group has experience spanning decades and has defended companies in hundreds of trials throughout New England and nationwide.

The group includes nationally renowned trial attorneys who specialize in the defense of high-stakes and bet-the-company matters. We represent clients nationally, regionally, and locally in a broad range of industries including aviation, pharmaceutical, medical device, auto/equipment manufacturers, consumer products, building materials, industrial products, maritime products, and chemical manufacturing. Verrill attorneys vigorously defend clients during discovery, during hearings on admissibility of scientific evidence and medical experts, during dispute resolution, at trial, and on appeal.

Whether your business needs a significant case tried, a national trial strategy crafted, or a regional solution to litigation needs developed, Verrill can partner with you.

Attorneys in Verrill's Product Liability, Toxic Torts, & Personal Defense Group are leaders of the bar and have been recognized by institutions and publications including The American College of Trial Lawyers, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, The American Board of Trial Advocates, The Best Lawyers in America, Martindale-Hubbell, Benchmark Litigation, Super Lawyers, BTI Consulting Group, and Chambers USA.

Toxic Torts

In the constantly changing environment of toxic and mass tort litigation, Verrill's attorneys are equipped to provide results-driven, cost-effective legal services to defendants by crafting creative, practical solutions to a company's litigation. Because each case is unique, the group takes a case-by-case approach while remaining cognizant of the need to minimize future litigation risk. We have defended cases involving a wide range of chemicals, solvents, resins, paints, construction products, joint compounds, wallboards, roofing materials, floor tiles, refractory products, boilers, and automobile components.

We have also dealt with refineries, shipyards, and industrial and chemical premises. We have an in-depth understanding of regulations, industry standards, state-of-the-art defenses, industrial hygiene defenses, medical defenses, and experts employed in these matters. We have experience throughout New England and nationwide defending companies including Fortune 500 corporations, small family businesses, and not-for-profit companies in asbestos and toxic tort cases.

Our resources include excellent litigation and trial support that enables us to efficiently tailor a company's defense. Our litigation and trial support staff includes paralegals who have experience in document review and discovery, decades of actual, hands-on trial experience as legal project managers, and certifications through the CPM Institute. Whether it is best strategically to negotiate or try a case, we pride ourselves on achieving the best outcome for our clients.

Personal Injury Defense

Our attorneys handle complex, catastrophic loss cases arising from product liability, medical devices, drugs, and industrial accidents. Whether it is an alleged product failure resulting in multiple deaths and catastrophic personal injuries, a claim that a medical device has crippled a patient, or a lawsuit alleging devastating injuries from a vehicular accident, we approach each case with passion and dedication. We handle cases from inception or we "parachute" into cases after they are well underway. Our background and experience allow us to offer unique assistance to clients involved in complex and high-exposure claims.

We are geared toward promptly understanding and evaluating a file and providing our in-depth analysis to our clients on an expedited basis. In addition to providing our analysis and recommendations with respect to cases we have handled from the beginning, our firm is often consulted to obtain a second opinion before our clients decide whether to go forward with a trial in a large exposure case where we have not been involved.

Firm Highlights

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Maine State Chamber of Commerce: The Future is Now: 5G Wireless Networks

On October 26, Verrill telecommunications attorney Geoffrey Why will be moderating the virtual event, “The Future is Now: 5G Wireless Networks,” hosted by The Maine State Chamber of Commerce. The Wireless Summit will explore...

News

Jim Cohen Comments on Toxic Local Politics

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Portland Charter Commission Delves Into Balance Of Power Between Elected Mayor and City Manager

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, The Portland Press Herald reported that Portland’s charter commission has begun discussing the topic of balancing the power between the elected mayor and the city manager. Currently under the...

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Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

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Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

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Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 2021 Summer Client Advisory

Click here to view as a PDF. This Client Advisory summarizes developments in the law governing employee benefit plans prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We explain what these developments mean for plan sponsors and...

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Myth Buster: Employers, Vaccine Information, and HIPAA

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Geoff Why to Moderate "The Future is Now: 5G Wireless Networks"

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Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association Annual HR/Labor Forum

Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association will be virtually hosting their Annual HR/ Labor Forum on October 26th from 9:00AM to 11:15AM. Human Resources professionals in the Healthcare field face an ever-evolving labor and employment...

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House Democrats Propose Estate and Gift Tax Law Changes: Important Estate Planning Implications

Please note: this alert was updated on September 30, 2021. What you need to know : On September 13, 2021, the House Ways and Means Committee released its proposed tax plan to fund President...

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