"There are so many ways in which people in our society compete with one another and seek an advantage over one another. To me, justice is about making sure that the playing field is as level as possible."

Jonathan D. Selbin, Partner and Chair of the Defective Products Practice Group

Defective Products

Holding manufacturers accountable for the quality of their products

Each year thousands of products are recalled due to inferior performance, poor quality, faulty designs, and other defects. When manufacturers fail to take responsibility for products that do not perform as promised or advertised, consumers must either repair the product at their own expense or buy a new one. Fortunately, there are multiple remedies under the law for consumers to hold manufacturers accountable.

Successfully recovering consumers' economic losses

Lieff Cabraser has successfully litigated and settled hundreds of class action lawsuits in federal and state courts, including dozens of cases requiring manufacturers to remedy a defect, extend warranties, and refund to consumers the cost of repairing the defective product. Working with co-counsel, we have achieved judgments and settlements that have recovered more than $4.7 billion in cash in these cases, as well as other valuable relief, such as product fixes and extended warranties.

Knowledge across industries and an outstanding reputation

The product defect cases handled by Lieff Cabraser span a wide range of industries and goods from faulty pipes, furnaces, shingles, decks, railings and other home construction products, to computers, computer components, appliances and other electronic devices, and to tires and vehicles of all kinds. Commenting on the work of Lieff Cabraser in one such case, the Court stated,

"The attorneys who were involved in the resolution of the case certainly entered the case with impressive reputations and did nothing in the course of their work on this case to diminish these reputations, but underlined, in my opinion, how well-deserved those reputations are."

In another case where plaintiffs were represented by Lieff Cabraser, the Court noted,

"I want to come back to something that I observed in this case firsthand for a long time now. I think you've done an excellent job in the case as class counsel and the class has been well represented having your and your firm in the case."

Current Cases

CaseIssue
BMW Advanced Real Time Traffic Information System Problems and Complaints

With co-counsel, Lieff Cabraser represents the plaintiff in a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of all persons in the U.S. who own or lease a BMW vehicle equipped with BMW's Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information navigation system.

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Defective design
Bosch Washer Litigation

The complaints charge that certain front-loading washers develop mold and mildew, resulting in an unpleasant odor on clothes that also permeates the washing machines and consumers' homes.

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Defective design, mold & mildew growth
Front-Loading Washer Litigation

The complaints charge that certain front-loading washers develop mold, resulting in a moldy odor on clothes that also permeates the washing machines and consumers' homes.

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Defective design, mildew growth
Honda/Acura Window Defect

Lieff Cabraser represents consumers in a class action lawsuit against Honda Motor Company based on an alleged defect in the window regulator mechanism. Windows in certain Honda and Acura cars and SUVs allegedly can, without warning, drop into the door frame and break or become permanently stuck in the fully-open position.

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Faulty window regulator
Navistar Truck Maxxforce Diesel Engine Lawsuit

Lieff Cabraser represents plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of all persons in the U.S. who own or lease Navistar trucks with Maxxforce EGR engines.

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Defective design

Investigations

CaseAllegation
Computer Defects

We represent consumers who purchased computers and computer components that contained defects.

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Defective computer hardware
Notebook Computers

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon that notebook computers are found to contain defects and are recalled.

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Defective product
Sharp Projectors

Lieff Cabraser is investigating consumer complaints concerning alleged design or manufacturing defects with Sharp Multimedia Projectors, including projector model XR-20X/XR-20S and projector model XR-10X/XR-10S.

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Premature bulb burn-out

Successes

CaseResult
Masonite Hardboard Siding

Lieff Cabraser on behalf of homeowners with allegedly defective hardboard siding manufactured and sold by Masonite Corporation.

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Over $1 billion settlement
Polybutylene Piping

Lieff Cabraser served as Class Counsel on behalf of a nationwide class of approximately 6 million owners of property equipped with defective polybutylene plumbing systems and yard service lines.

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$950 million settlement
DuPont Imprelis Herbicide Class Action

Lieff Cabraser served as Co-Lead Counsel for property owners in a nationwide class action lawsuit against E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company charging that its herbicide Imprelis caused widespread death among trees and other non-targeted vegetation across the country.

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Nearly $400 million in claims paid
Carrier Furnaces

The settlement provided an enhanced 20-year warranty of free service and free parts for consumers whose high efficiency condensing furnaces have not yet failed, and cash refunds for consumers who already paid to repair their Carrier furnaces.

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20-year enhanced warranty of free service & free parts
Cemwood Roof Shakes

Lieff Cabraser served as Co-lead Class Counsel for an estimated nationwide class of 30,000 owners of homes and other structures on which defective Cemwood Shakes were installed.

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$140 million settlements
Dell Inspiron 5150 Notebooks

Lieff Cabraser represented owners of the Dell Inspiron 5150 notebook computer in a class action product defect lawsuit against Dell, Inc.

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100% cash refund
ABS Pipes

Lieff Cabraser represented plaintiffs who alleged that certain ABS pipe contained plastic resin that caused it to crack and leak.

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$70 million settlement
Poz-Lok Fire Sprinkler Pipes

In June 2004, the court approved the creation of a settlement fund of up to $14.5 million for property owners nationwide with Poz-Lok fire sprinkler piping that fails. Since 1990, Poz-Lok pipes and pipe fittings were sold in the U.S. as part of fire suppression systems for use in residential and commercial buildings.

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$14.5 million settlement
GM Pickup Trucks

The side-saddle fuel tank design was installed in over 10 million General Motors trucks. These included all 1973-87 GM full-size pickups and cab-chassis trucks and some 1988-91 dual cab or rv chassis. The problem was that a frame-mounted fuel tank mounted outside the frame rails would be susceptible to tank leakage from any side impact and lead to an explosion.

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Settlement valued at $600 million
Mobil Aircraft Engine Oil

The Settlement, valued at over $12.5 million, provided an engine inspection and repair program, and compensation for past repairs for damage caused by Mobil AV-1.

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$12.5 million settlement
Chrysler Minivan Latches

In 1995, the district court approved a $200+ million settlement enforcing Chrysler's comprehensive minivan rear latch replacement program, and to correct alleged safety problems with Chrysler's pre-1995 designs.

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3.8 million vehicles recalled to replace faulty rear latches
Hurd Millwork Windows & Doors

We served as one of three lead counsel in a defective products class action for persons/entities who own property in the western U.S. in which Hurd Millwork Company, Inc. sealed insulated glass windows and/or doors have been installed.

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$5.3 million settlement
Intel Pentium Processor

Lieff Cabraser served as one of two court appointed Co Lead Class Counsel, and negotiated a settlement, approved by the Court in June 1995, involving both injunctive relief and damages having an economic value of approximately $1 billion.

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Settlement valued at $1 billion
LG Refrigerators

Consumers alleged that certain LG refrigerator models had a faulty design that caused the interior light to remain on when the refrigerator door was closed, resulting in overheating, food spoilage, and even fires.

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Nationwide settlement
Louisiana-Pacific Siding

In 1996, the court approved a nationwide settlement requiring Louisiana-Pacific to provide funding up to $475 million to pay for inspection of homes and repair and replacement of failing siding.

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$475 million settlement
Fleetwood Motor Homes

Owners of 1994-2000 model year Fleetwood Class A and Class C motor homes alleged that Fleetwood misrepresented the towing capabilities of its motor homes.

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$250 payment to class members
Menu Foods

Pet owners nationwide filed a class action lawsuit against Menu Foods, which sold pet food that allegedly caused their pets to become ill or die.

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$24 million settlement
Toshiba Laptop Flicker

Lieff Cabraser negotiated a settlement with Toshiba to provide relief for owners of certain notebook computers whose screens flickered, dimmed or went blank.

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Extended warranty and reimbursement for repairs
Toshiba Satellite Pro 6100

Lieff Cabraser served as Co-Lead Counsel for a class of all end-user persons or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired in the United States, for their own use and not for resale, a new Toshiba Satellite Pro 6100 Series notebook.

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Extended warranty and reimbursement for repairs
Weekend Warrior Trailers

The complaint charged that Weekend Warrior knew of design and performance problems with certain trailers, including bent frames, detached siding, and warped forward cargo areas, but still continued to sell the trailers.

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Repair and/or reimbursement of expenses
Weyerhaeuser Hardboard Siding

We represented homeowners and property owners in consumer fraud litigation against Weyerhaeuser Company relating to its exterior hardboard siding.

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Extended warranty and reimbursement for repairs
Intuit QuickBooks

We represented business users of QuickBooks Pro for accounting that lost their QuickBooks data due to faulty software code sent by Intuit. The settlement provided all class members who filed a valid claim with a free software upgrade and compensation for certain data-recovery costs.

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Free software upgrade provided
Dell Inspiron 1150, 5100 and 5160 Notebooks

California customers who purchased Dell Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100 and 5160 notebooks filed a class action lawsuit against Dell alleging misconduct in connection with the design, manufacture, warranting, advertising and selling of these computers.

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Settlement
Mercedes-Benz Tele Aid

In approving the settlement, the Court stated, "I want to thank counsel for the ... very effective and good work ... it was carried out with vigor, integrity, and aggressiveness with never going beyond the maxims of the Court."

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$650 payment or $1,300 certificate for purchase of new car
Viking 3000 Series Windows

Lieff Cabraser represented California homeowners in a class action lawsuit which alleged that over one million Series 3000 windows produced and distributed by Viking between 1989 and 1999 were defective.

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Up to $500 payment to class members
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