Products Liability and Torts
Tort law provides a private means for individuals and businesses to be compensated—or “made whole”—for damages that they suffer as a result of a wrongful act committed by another individual or business. Generally speaking, tort law operates to compensate a party that has sustained bodily injury, property damage or damage to their reputation.
Meissner and Tierney has a long history of successfully representing businesses and individuals in a wide array of tort cases. Instead of specializing in any one area of tort law, we pride ourselves in our ability to handle all types of complex cases. From litigating multi-million dollar actions involving environmental pollution to defending local politicians against defamation lawsuits, our well-rounded approach gives us the unique ability to analyze cases from all angles. Most importantly, this strategy adds substantial value to the representation that we provide our clients because our diverse experience allows us to thoroughly evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each case. By advising our clients of all potential outcomes, we can confidently and efficiently find solutions to the difficult legal challenges that our clients regularly encounter.
- January 25, 2017
- May 24, 2016
- Mark Malloy Recognized as a Premier 100 Trial Attorney in Wisconsin by the American Academy of Trial AttorneysSeptember 18, 2015
- April 29, 2015
- Attorneys Malloy and Fisher Obtain Favorable Insurance Coverage Decision From Wisconsin Court of AppealsOctober 3, 2014
- August 3, 2016
Mullins Whey, Inc. v. McShares, et al.
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Green Bay Division (2004-2005). A product liability action in which a whey protein producer sought substantial damages against our client, among other defendants, related to our client’s development and sale of a bleaching agent for the whey protein. The producer alleged that our client’s bleaching product caused the whey to contain levels of a dangerous toxin. Following the filing of a motion for partial summary judgment to eliminate all of the tort claims against our client under the economic loss doctrine, our client successfully settled the case.
James R. Marriot v. Opus Group, et al.
Seventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, on appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (2004-2006). Successfully settled lawsuit seeking substantial damages against clients who, among other defendants, were alleged to have negligently marketed and/or advised the plaintiff regarding certain, sophisticated investment programs aimed at obtained tax benefits. The settlement followed our clients’ invocation of a mandatory right to interlocutory appeal of a trial court’s decision not to compel arbitration of the claims.
Haase, et al. v. American Optical, et al.
2004 WI 97, 274 Wis. 2d 143, 682 N.W.2d 389. Our client, one of the nation's largest industrial sand suppliers, was sued by a foundry worker with silicosis claiming strict liability for allegedly producing an unreasonably dangerous product. Cohen and his colleagues obtained a directed verdict after two weeks of trial. The directed verdict was upheld by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which held that sand in its raw form was not an unreasonably dangerous product as a matter of law, effectively creating legal immunity for our client.