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Gregg Tatarka focuses on managing national counsel coordinating programs for products liability, with a particular specialization in fire litigation. Generally, he represents manufacturers of consumer electronic products and appliances, such as microwave ovens, air conditioners and clothes dryers. Gregg also represents manufacturers of gas-fired appliances and has represented manufacturers of flexible gas piping relating to fire cases and defended manufacturers, distributors and retailers of products in litigation and arbitration hearings. Gregg has defended a number of clients regarding alleged failures of lithium ion batteries causing fires, property damage or bodily injury. In addition, Gregg investigates claims and participates in alternative dispute resolution on behalf of clients.

Every commercial airline flight carries scores of lithium-ion powered batteries in phones, tablets, computers, activity trackers, cameras, headphones and other devices. Consumers need to respect the risks that are associated with these products if not used, stored or charged correctly. Battery manufacturers and the manufacturers of products containing them must be ready to respond to all claimed incidents.

Continue Reading Lithium-Ion Batteries: Fire in the Sky?

Mini segway or hover board scooterSince our last blog post on lithium-ion batteries, there has been a report that a self-balancing scooter, known as a hoverboard, is the suspected cause for a March 10, 2017, fatal fire that occurred in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The fire resulted in the death of a three-year-old girl. Fire origin and cause experts are still investigating, but statements from persons who escaped the home indicate that a charging hoverboard “exploded” and caused the fire.

Continue Reading Lithium-Ion Batteries: Hoverboard Suspected in Fatal Fire

493279659They are everywhere: in your pocket, in your car, in your hands, in your lap and even “in your face.” Lithium-ion batteries are in nearly every product that has become a staple of modern life, such as smartphones, tablets/notebook computers, digital cameras and headphones. They are in our transportation systems – trains, planes and automobiles. They are involved in our hobbies and recreation, including radio-controlled vehicles, hoverboards and e-bikes. They also show up in some of our vices, such as vaping and smoking e-cigarettes. Though we typically view the batteries and the products they power as innocuous, if something goes wrong it can go catastrophically wrong.

Continue Reading Lithium-Ion Batteries: Small Products, Big Exposures