William P. Ferranti
Attorney at Law
Appellate Litigation & Major Motions
Litigation • Drafting • Revising • Argument • Advice
Product liability & mass tort
S.F. v. Archer-Daniels Midland Co., No. 14-1615 (2d Cir. 2014). Successfully represented manufacturers of high fructose corn syrup on appeal in product liability case brought on behalf of teen who developed Type 2 diabetes.
Mutual Pharm. Co. v. Bartlett, 133 S. Ct. 2466 (2013); PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing, 564 U.S. 604 (2011). Successfully represented group of amici in support of certiorari and on the merits in a pair of Supreme Court cases involving preemption of state-law product liability claims.
In re Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., 624 F.3d 201 (5th Cir. 2010) (argued); Ackerson v. Bean Dredging LLC, 589 F.3d 196 (5th Cir. 2009) (argued). Successfully defeated multi-billion dollar claims charging essentially the entire Gulf Coast dredging industry with responsibility for the devastation of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The claims were based on dredging work performed in the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet under contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Mikolajczyk v. Ford, 231 Ill.2d 516 (2008). Successfully represented Ford in appeal of a $27 million jury award in a strict product liability design defect case. The Illinois Supreme Court reversed the verdict and ordered a new trial.