Defense of Manufacturers and Common Carriers

Led by John F. Barrett and W. Bourne Ruthrauff, this group concentrates its practice in the representation of truck manufacturers against claims of product defect, and common carriers/freight forwarders against claims of negligent operation of the vehicle or failure to comply with statutory requirements. We have represented truck manufacturers, trucking companies, waste disposal companies, multi-modal and maritime transporters, brokers, shippers, freight forwarders and expediters for more than 25 years.

We often represent vehicle manufacturers in defending alleged design defects for Class 8 tractors and smaller trucks. These claims defended include cab structures, driver ingress and egress systems, brakes, suspension, visibility and engine performance.

For clients in the trucking industry, we defend claims for property damage, cargo damage/loss and personal injury, and provide general advice with regard to emergency response coordination, accident response, investigation and planning. We are prepared to respond to events and accidents on a 24/7 basis, utilizing a team of accident investigators, accident reconstructionists, first responders and environmental response and remediation companies.

We also provide advice to and litigate on behalf of freight forwarders and expediters, defend and prosecute claims for cargo loss delay and damage under the Carmack Amendment, the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA) and for driver and operator violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). In addition, other group members have provided advice to transporters regarding overseas operations in the Middle East and overseas operations and international regulations and agreements governing international shipments.

For more information, contact John F. Barrett at barrett@bbs-law.com or 215-665-3391 or W. Bourne Ruthrauff at ruthrauff@bbs-law.com or 215-567-2883.