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Retail

HeplerBroom LLC has extensive experience handling the defense of retail industry clients in premises liability and personal injury cases, including:

  • Toxic tort/asbestos matters
  • Personal liability
  • Products liability
  • Food-borne illness
  • Regulatory issues

With four offices in Illinois [Edwardsville (Madison County), Springfield, Chicago, and Crystal Lake], one in Missouri (St. Louis), and one in Indiana [Hammond (Lake County)], we are perfectly situated to provide regional and state-wide coverage throughout all three states.

Our team of experienced trial attorneys and paralegals is available to handle any situation that may arise and to provide legal advice on how best to resolve these matters in a cost-effective and timely manner.

We work with our clients to understand their businesses, their legal issues, and their financial challenges and to assist them in developing and implementing an effective strategy to accomplish their defense objectives. Our combined experience and expertise assures that our clients receive skilled and cost effective representation.

Asbestos cases against retailers are expected to increase in the future as the pool of defendants who historically have been sued decreases. A current trend is the advent of lawsuits filed against retailers either for alleged exposure to asbestos at one of their stores or facilities or, even more troubling, for selling products which contain talc allegedly contaminated with asbestos and manufactured by another company.

Our defense strategies in these cases include forcing a plaintiff to establish that our retail client owed him/her a legal duty and seeking dismissal based on worker’s compensation exclusive remedy statutes (where appropriate). Our attorneys prepare for and attend motion hearings and complex, multi-party depositions. We analyze the evolving facts in cases and recommend necessary investigation, expert review, and discovery. Close monitoring by our paralegals assures that case management deadlines are met.

Our local courts, particularly in asbestos cases, are notorious for requiring onerous and extensive discovery. The discovery allowed and required may necessitate a company-wide search and identification of all relevant documents spanning back over the past 50 years (or longer). We are able to assist our clients through the discovery process with recommendations for responding and/or objecting to discovery requests. In addition, we have attorneys and paralegals experienced in large-scale document searches, database development, and productions who have managed projects for clients involving searches of multiple facilities and disclosure of hundreds of thousands of pages of documents.