Warranty Defense

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Building on MRJ’s vast product liability litigation experience, we defend the manufacturing integrity and warranty services of our clients in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.  For more than a decade, MRJ has defended manufacturers of automobiles, heavy-duty trucks, recreational vehicles, boats, and other products against the warranty and related claims of their consumer and commercial customers. 

Defending consumer litigation claims we have developed extensive experience  with states’ lemon laws, the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, states’ consumer Uniform Commercial Codes, states’ consumer sales practices acts, and the common law. Defending commercial litigation claims we have developed extensive experience with states’ commercial Uniform Commercial Codes, and claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment. From consumer cases involving a single motorcycle or automobile to commercial cases involving fleets of hundreds of commercial vehicles, we help clients navigate these overlapping and evolving legal frameworks both pre-suit and at all stages of litigation. We have experience assisting clients with drafting warranties, developing defense plans, and handling complex litigation involving mass warranty filings.

 We understand our clients’ economic challenges.  We’re focused on providing value. Because many of the statutory frameworks we deal with involve fee shifting, we are committed to providing early evaluations (e.g. within 30 days), negotiating early settlements in cases that merit them, and tailoring the scope of discovery to the needs of the client and the situation.  Our experience and some of our successes include:

  • Defending fortune 500 companies against consumer warranty claims in over 200 lawsuits
  • Multi-district litigation (MDLs)
  • Successful resolution of a commercial warranty lawsuit against a manufacturer involving almost 400 commercial vehicles
  • Defense verdicts in jury trials, including a directed verdict in a lemon law case involving a claim of unintended acceleration
  • Successful resolution of a lemon law case involving a collision and allegations that the automobile’s collision mitigation system failed 

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