Commercial Litigation Lawyers in Waukegan, IL
Our firm represents and advises clients who are or may become involved in a complex lawsuit or appeal, including prevention and settlement in such areas as business and commercial matters, contract disputes, consumer protection, business fraud, shareholder rights, lender liability, director and officer liability, and business torts of all kinds. We often deal with complex business issues that have saved our clients large sums of money by protecting them from catastrophic losses. Robert J. Long is one of the only attorneys in Lake County who has a long record of success in handling sophisticated complex trials.
Our litigation practice, including appellate work, is tailored to the needs of each client. We have extensive experience with litigation and appeals, including a full understanding of specific appellate procedural rules and filling deadlines as essential steps that cannot be overlooked or taken lightly for risk of dismissal before a case is even heard.
Our years of experience with trial practice at all levels allow us to analyze issues, risks, and exposures for litigation. We also have expertise in determining when arbitration, mediation, facilitation, mini-trials, and private judging is in the best interest of clients and meets their needs better than traditional litigation.
DLP has represented every type of client, including publicly traded and private companies, individual entrepreneurs, trade associations, not-for-profit organizations, and real estate developers. We have guided all phases of our client's legal needs from the start-up stage to becoming a mature business. We have helped our clients map a strategy through the maze of a legal business approach, employee rights, leasing space and equipment, financing, tax planning, and filing. We make a special point of keeping our services cost-effective, up-to-date, and being there when our clients need us.
Product liability concerns responsibility for damage that a product may cause directly or indirectly either to someone or something. This responsibility includes supplying component parts; assembling all or part of the product; or selling, giving, or loaning the product. The legal question concerns the direct or indirect responsibility and role of the makers, promoters, sellers, and users of the product and how this may have affected damage related to or caused by the product. While products are generally thought of as tangible objects, a product may include intangible items such as natural gas, living beings such as pets, real property such as housing, as well as literary, instructional, and navigational information.
To assess responsibility for damage, it must be proved that the product was defective. There are various ways that a product can be defective. This may involve defective design and engineering, manufacturing defects, improper storing and shipping, and misleading marketing. Design defects are inherent, as they exist before anything is built or manufactured. While the item may serve its purpose well, it can be unreasonably dangerous to use due to a design flaw. Defects might occur during the construction or production of the item even if similar products made the same way were satisfactory. Problems may be caused by marketing when the product is not properly stored or delivered or the customer is given improper instructions or failure to warn the consumer of latent dangers in the product or its use. It is also important for the supplier or seller to give a timely and proper level of maintenance if the product is under warranty or guarantee.
Product liability is generally taken seriously and does not necessarily depend on the end users having to prove that they were careless while using the product. It is usually considered irrelevant whether the manufacturer or supplier exercised great care in producing the product. If there is a defect in the product that causes harm, direct or indirect, the designer, maker, or seller will be responsible and may have to make a financial settlement. At DLP, our expert lawyers can see to it that your claim is successful.