The plaintiffs' product liability law firm of Greene Broillet & Wheeler has launched a Web site designed specifically to give consumers an overview of alleged tire defects and tire safety issues.
The Web site, www.tire-defect-law.com, includes sections on tire anatomy, tire tread separation, aged tires, valve stem defects, Load Range E tires, tire informational markings and tire recalls. It also includes a list of tire-related cases Greene Broillet & Wheeler either won in court or for which it negotiated settlements.
Greene Broillet & Wheeler claims to have conducted successful product liability litigations against most major tire makers. Christine D. Spagnoli, a partner in the firm, is plaintiffs' liaison counsel for all product liability suits against Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in California, according to a press release.
Unfortunately, tire manufacturers and sellers don't provide adequate warning or instruction to protect consumers and warn them of tire-related dangers, Ms. Spagnoli said, explaining why the firm decided to establish a tire defects Web site.
Several tire manufacturing companies declined comment on the new Web site, but a spokesman for the Rubber Manufacturers Association said there was nothing surprising about it.
It's natural for a lawyer to be entrepreneurial, the spokesman said. This is not the first law firm to highlight its tire industry-related positions, and it probably won't be the last. But their views on tires and the tire industry should be seen in the perspective of their personal financial interests.
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