Monthly Archives: October 2010

JURY RULES THAT CSST IS A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT IN LANDMARK CASE

Cozen O’Connor recently handled the first trial to go to a jury on the issue of strict liability against a manufacturer of CSST (corrugated stainless steel tubing). We are pleased to announce that, following an eight day trial conducted by

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Not Quite a Recall–Lennox Issues a “Product Hold” Due to Fire Hazard

On September 17, 2010 Lennox International, Inc. sent a letter to all of its constituent regional organizations as well as its licensed dealers, installers and repair technicians placing a “Product Hold” on a series of residential air conditioning units. According to

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NFPA Issues Safety Alert Regarding Antifreeze in Residential Sprinklers

 On July 6, 2010, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued a safety alert recommending that residential fire sprinkler systems containing antifreeze be drained and the antifreeze be replaced with water. While NFPA emphasized that residential sprinklers remain reliable and effective,

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CSB Calls For A Ban On Pipe Cleaning Using Pressurized Natural Gas

  The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) called for a ban on cleaning out debris from gas piping using pressurized natural gas. “Gas blow” is an industry-wide practice and is now described as an “inherently unsafe activity.” CSB called for the

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Car Fire Cases: Recalling the Recall

Defective car cases can be challenging to pursue.   When the car is subject to a recall, recovery potential usually improves.  If the vehicle’s owner knew about the recall and had the repairs done, do not despair—many times those repairs are

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Careless Smoking by Defendant’s Employee: Beware the “Course and Scope” Defense

Subrogating the discarded cigarette case can burn out quickly or really catch fire.  If your insured caused it, subrogation may be a problem.  But when a defendant causes it, potential subrogation, right?  Perhaps.  Take, for example, the case of a store

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Be Careful What You Send Your Testifying Experts

In a case of first impression, the Pennsylvania Superior Court adopted the "bright line" rule, followed by a majority of jurisdictions, that all information considered by a testifying expert, including information typically protected under the attorney work-product privilege, is discoverable.In

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Lowe’s Dryer Installation Practices Foiled in Class Action Suit

On September 17, 2010 Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc. settled a class action lawsuit brought in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina by consumers who contracted with Lowe’s for the installation of clothes dryers in

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