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When corporations fail to follow regulatory and legal requirements governing safety, privacy, and integrity, large numbers of individuals are vulnerable to all manner of threats. They deserve compensation, and the companies need to be held accountable. At DiCello Levitt Gutzler, we use science, research, and decades of trial experience to accomplish these dual goals as we go up against industry goliaths like Ford, Navistar, Volkswagen, Apple, Intel, Marriott, and General Motors.  Our settlements frequently exceed what government prosecutors are able to achieve through multistate proceedings in major mass tort actions.

We have secured nearly $30 billion in verdicts and settlements for clients in some of the most significant and well-known product liability cases in the country. Our partners have successfully wielded their skills on behalf of injured parties in cases involving faulty medical devices, automotive and airplane defects, data breaches, deceptive insurance practices, civil rights violations, and human trafficking. Not only do we help consumers injured by corporate malfeasance, but our work protects future generations by deterring similar corporate actions.  This is vital work because when, for instance, a car company uses a defective product, it puts its customers as well as the general public at risk of material damages, serious bodily harm, or death. By aggressively pursuing and rooting out corporate malfeasance, we cause positive and lasting social change, in addition to winning compensation for those already injured. We don’t just represent individuals, we also represent businesses and investors, as well as State Attorneys General, municipalities, and other public clients. In service of these multifaceted clients, we leverage the resources of our DiCello Levitt Gutzler Trial Advocacy Center, with in-house focus groups and mock jury practice to streamline cases, refine the art of messaging, and utilize scientific methods of communicating critical concepts to judges and juries. Our nationally-recognized trial attorneys and their astonishing results prove that we understand how to connect with and persuade 21st Century jurors.

Representative Matters
  • In re Porsche Cars Plastic Coolant Tubes Litigation

Secured a $45 million settlement for owners and lessees of 2003-2006 Porsche Cayenne V8 vehicles as Co-Lead Counsel in the multidistrict class action lawsuit asserting economic loss claims against Porsche for damages sustained when the vehicles’ plastic coolant pipes prematurely degraded or fractured.

  • In re Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation

Resolved more than 500 federal lawsuits as Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee member for a record $17 billion against Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche for defrauding consumers who believed they were buying vehicles with “clean diesel” engines. Leadership on the case was referred to as the “class action dream team.”

  • In re Paraquat Products Liability Litigation

Represent licensed applicators of the herbicide Paraquat as a Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee member against Chevron and Syngenta for causing Parkinson’s disease from occupational exposure to Paraquat.

  • Palmieri v. Intervet, Inc. d/b/a Merck Animal Health

Represent a class of plaintiffs against Merck Animal Health for failing to adequately warn pet owners its flea and tick medication can cause neurological side effects such as seizures.