PRACTICE AREAS

Product Liability Defense

Our product liability defense practice at Moffett Vitu continues to be an important focus of our firm. We represent a wide range of clients in product liability claims and lawsuits, as well as represent a major consumer product manufacturer as National Trial Counsel.

A successful product liability defense requires a law firm that has the experience and resources necessary to defend claims and suits where catastrophic damages are alleged. We have successfully defended these cases through the use of expert witnesses, scientific analysis and with a keen understanding of the law. Our national experience in defending product liability lawsuits provides us with the tools necessary to advocate for our clients’ interests.

The attorneys at Moffett Vitu work with our clients on claims and lawsuits involving various product liability areas, including the following:
      Design and manufacturing defects
      Failure to warn claims
      Construction defects and accidents
      Consumer product claims
      Manufactured and restaurant foods
      Asbestos related injuries
      Industrial equipment defects
Moffett Vitu has successfully defended manufacturers of diverse products, goods and equipment for more than 25 years. The attorneys on our product liability team have been identified by their peers to be among the premier product liability attorneys in North America.

Automobile Negligence

At Moffett Vitu our trial attorneys defend many insurance companies, self-insured entities and individuals in cases involving automobile negligence, personal injury protection (PIP), and other liability and insurance disputes. We are experienced, aggressive defense attorneys and we regularly go to court to vigorously protect the interests of both the insured and the insurer. Our auto negligence defense practice involves catastrophic injuries, soft-tissue injuries, property damage and product liability issues.

In connection with automobile negligence defense, the attorneys at Moffett Vitu are often asked to give opinions relevant to insurance disputes, as well as assist in the settlement of cases involving uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist coverage, questions of permissive use, and disputes regarding stacking of coverage. The depth of our experience allows us to serve a wide range of clients in any area related to auto negligence defense.

Construction Litigation

Our attorneys are experienced and well versed in many disciplines within the construction process, including architectural design; engineering design; steel, mechanical and electrical works; and, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). The construction cases we have been involved with range from those based on simple breach of contract claims with economic losses and other delay damages to major construction catastrophes involving personal injury and death. We have experience with cases involving defective design (architectural and engineering); professional liability; defective workmanship; delay, disruption and prolongation claims; contractor and subcontractor disputes; operation and maintenance disputes; and, performance bonds and guarantees.

Through our work with engineers, architects and other construction professionals, we have a deep understanding of the construction process and will vigorously defend construction-related claims.

Employment Law

Moffett Vitu provides employers large and small with effective legal representation in employment law cases in state and federal courts throughout Michigan. Our attorneys represent and advise clients regarding a full range of employment law issues, including wrongful discharge; sexual harassment; hostile work environment; civil rights claims; age discrimination; sex discrimination; racial discrimination; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); wage and hour disputes; employment contracts and compensation disputes; unfair labor practice; and, workers’ compensation defense. We work closely with each client to develop aggressive and effective strategies against claims of wrongful termination, discrimination and sexual harassment at the trial and appellate level.

General Liability and Intentional Torts

The attorneys at Moffett Vitu provide a full range of general liability, tort and insurance defense services to insurers, insureds, agents, brokers, corporations, businesses and individuals throughout Michigan and the Midwest. We work closely with our clients to ensure cost-conscious case handling. Where appropriate, we recommend alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

Intentional tort claims are those which occur due to the intentional and willful infliction of personal injury or damage to property. Most intentional torts are carried out with malice, willfulness or reckless disregard for the other person’s rights. Examples of intentional torts we handle include assault; battery; infliction of emotional distress; trespass to land or personal property; conversion (theft); defamation of character (libel or slander); invasion of privacy; nuisance; and, fraud and misrepresentation.

Insurance Law and Defense

Our attorneys are very experienced in defending personal injury claims. Moffett Vitu represents many national, regional and specialized insurance companies in litigation arising out of automobile accidents, slip and fall incidents, workplace incidents, product liability, premises liability and medical malpractice. Our trial team has a long history of providing our clients quality and efficient representation.

Our firm has extensive experience representing insurance companies on coverage disputes and other issues related to the interpretation and application of insurance policies and the many state laws impacting the interests of our clients.

Liquor Liability and Dram Shop

Moffett Vitu works vigorously to defend bar and restaurant owners facing dram shop liability claims. We represent liquor license holders who have dram shop coverage, as well as license holders without dram shop coverage. In addition to drunk driving accident claims, we also represent restaurant and bar owners in cases involving assault and battery defense, nonsubscriber actions and in matters before the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

Premises Liability

Moffett Vitu has aggressively defended premises liability claims brought against owners, operators and managers of companies and commercial properties. Through our continued success in this area we have shown that our effective and knowledgeable legal counsel can protect your business and financial interests. Our firm represents apartment complexes, commercial business, construction companies, grocery stores, hospitals, hotels, landlords, nightclubs, office buildings, parking lots, restaurants, retail stores, shopping malls and other property owners. Our attorneys are adept in a wide range of premises liability matters, including those involving serious injury and complex litigation, such as:
      Defects on the premises
      Acts of negligent third parties
      Slip and falls
      Negligence or improper maintenance of the premises
      Negligent security
      Falling merchandise
      Elevator, escalator and moving sidewalk injuries
      Lack of effective warning signs
      Inadequate security or lighting
The firm’s collective experience in defending premises liability claims is extensive, representing two of the largest self-insured retailers in the country. Our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys work to defend our clients in the areas of constructive notice, standard of practice, security and lighting issues, maintenance and recordkeeping policies, third-party issues and lessee/lessor contract provisions. Our team has a history of success in the defense of suspicious claims.

Retail and Hospitality Defense

Moffett Vitu has significant experience in defending retail stores, as well as hotel and restaurant operators in cases that involve routine premises liability issues to cases involving negligent security, negligent hiring, wrongful detention, product liability and contractual indemnification issues. Our firm represents some of the largest retailers in the country, multinational fast food corporations, restaurant chains and national hotels. A thorough investigation of the claim, combined with our knowledge and experience, leads to the best and most efficient resolutions for our clients.

In this area of the law, suits and claims have the potential to damage the company’s brand. Therefore, our focus is to protect the brand while working to successfully defend and/or resolve the dispute.


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Birmingham, MI 48009
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