Product Liability

Since the founding of our firm, Cipriani & Werner has successfully represented product liability clients in a wide range of matters. Many of these cases have significant verdict risks, given the types of injuries which can occur when a product is misused, abused or substantially changed.

Today, manufacturers face tremendous exposure due to unpredictable juries, who may opt to apply the ’deep pocket’ theory of justice. State-by-state differences in the law are also a significant factor in assessing product liability exposure. Pennsylvania’s product liability laws, for example, are considered some of the most liberal in the country. In this state, a product may be considered defective if a safer reasonable alternative design could have been adopted at the time of sale, or if a product contained inadequate warnings. This leaves the manufacturer perpetually exposed to risk because new, safer reasonable alternatives continually appear in the market.

It is critical for manufacturers, suppliers and distributors to retain appropriate advocates who can analyze and effectuate the best available legal defenses. Cipriani & Werner’s product liability attorneys are those advocates. We bring the technical and litigation skills required to successfully defend clients from significant financial and reputational damage.

We’ve successfully litigated a range of cases, including:

  • Flammable fabrics claims
  • Failure to warn of the danger of death caused by huffing butane
  • ATV rollover
  • Battery explosion
  • Multiple construction equipment and machine design defects cases
  • Deficient warning cases involving combustibles
  • Toxic materials
  • Prosthetics
  • Plant safety issues
  • Defective design of sporting goods, such as ski bindings, bicycles and safety equipment

Our firm stands ready to provide the critical analysis and advice necessary to appropriately and aggressively defend our clients. Please get in touch with Cipriani & Werner today if you face product liability exposure, either presently or in the future.

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Gerard J. Cipriani

Founding Partner and Firm-Wide Litigation Chair at Pittsburgh, PA