Prentiss Law Firm - Providence, RI
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The Prentiss Law Firm’s typical clients include manufacturers and distributors of consumer products, banks, insurers, public utilities, and a variety of businesses.

Noteworthy representations include:

1. Defended a distributor of imported vinyl miniblinds that were the subject lead contamination suit brought by the attorney general of California. Mr. Prentiss served as a member of the three-person defense steering committee for defendants that included all major national retailers, and all national distributors and manufacturers of vinyl miniblinds, in successful negotiation of a resolution of what became a national class action.

2. Defended a chemical manufacturer in a products liability action arising out of the explosion of a chemical manufacturing plant in Lodi, New jersey, resulting in numerous deaths and hundreds of alleged injuries. Client was sued both by the injured plaintiffs and by the owner of the plant, for damages exceeding $100 million (versus insurance coverage of $15 million). Case resolved favorably after obtaining summary judgment that the clients’ chemicals that exploded were not “products” within the meaning of New Jersey product liability statute.

3. Represented real estate developer in successful suit against FDIC for failed bank’s breach of financing commitment.

4. Represented a yacht manufacturer sued by a purchaser claiming that his yacht was defective. After six days of trial, an arbitration panel threw out the purchaser’s $1.5 million claim, and awarded the manufacturer all of its fees and costs in the litigation (more than $150,000).

5. Represented a heavy equipment construction contractor in defense of union benefit fund’s ERISA claim for contributions. After trial, won dismissal of all claims, and an award of more than $100,000 in counsel fees against the fund.