Product Liability/Mass Tort

Fire and Explosion Cases

Nilan Johnson Lewis has extensive experience and success in defending companies in fire and explosion cases on a local, regional, and national basis. Our skilled team regularly defends companies in fire and explosion cases ranging from initial investigations and claims, to litigation and trials. We defend against cases involving property losses and damage, injuries and deaths, and large-scale losses and business-interruption claims. We have an extensive network of highly qualified investigators and experts, and are able to mobilize quickly to conduct prompt and thorough scene investigations and place our clients in the best position to defend against claims. Our experience includes:

  • Fire claims involving lithium-ion batteries and chargers. We have particular experience in the defense of these matters, which have become a major target in fire litigation. Our attorneys and experts have substantial experience performing the type of root-cause and failure analysis necessary to properly defend against these matters.
  • Claims involving natural gas and propane explosions.
  • Fire claims involving industrial and manufacturing equipment and facilities.
  • Defense of utility companies in electrical fire claims.
  • Fire claims involving automotive, recreational, and powersports vehicles.
  • Defense of serial and repeat fire claims. We have substantial experience defending against serial claims targeting particular products across multiple jurisdictions. We also counsel and assist clients regarding product recalls stemming from fire hazards.
  • Early investigation and resolution of fire claims.

See below for a list of our representative matters.

  • Associated Professionals

612.305.7517

612.305.7693

Brian N. Johnson

Brian N. Johnson

Shareholder and Chair, Product Liability/Mass Tort Practice Group

612.305.7505

Sheila T. Kerwin

Sheila T. Kerwin

Shareholder

612.305.7515

Christy M. Mennen

Christy M. Mennen

Shareholder

612.305.7520

612.305.7721

612.305.7710

612.305.7540

Scott M. Rusert

Scott M. Rusert

Shareholder

612.305.7720

Stanley E. Siegel

Stanley E. Siegel

Shareholder and Chair, Commercial Litigation Practice Group

612.305.7527

John J. Wackman

John J. Wackman

Shareholder

612.305.7659

David J. Warden

David J. Warden

Associate

612.305.7706

  • Representative Matters

Successful defense of an engineering company against claims that a gas valve was defectively designed, causing an explosion and serious burns to plaintiff. After extensive discovery, plaintiff dismissed all claims.

Natural gas explosion and fire case resulting in four deaths and destruction of significant portion of hotel property. Obtained favorable settlements on death cases and a full recovery for the property insurer.

Full jury award recovery for damages and costs for one of the nation’s largest food companies in two consolidated cases involving fires that destroyed several of the company’s animal production facilities.

Successful defense (established the misuse of the product by the plaintiff) of an industrial equipment manufacturer whose product was alleged to have caused the fire.

Equipment explosion case in which a power turbine exploded, severely damaging a power plant in Texas. Obtained substantial settlement for the property insurer.

Defense of consumer product manufacturer in fire claims involving lithium-ion batteries and chargers.