Feldman Shepherd is pleased to announce that co-founding partner Alan M. Feldman has been honored as a Litigation Trailblazer by the National Law Journal. The award recognizes attorneys who are agents of change in their respective practice areas. Feldman is recognized for his litigation of multiple IKEA dresser tip-over cases that have helped to keep children safe in their bedrooms.
Feldman practices in all manner of catastrophic personal injury litigation ― including cases arising from unsafe cars and trucks, automobile and tractor-trailer accidents, sexual abuse on campuses and dangerous and defective products, with a particular focus on products intended for children and infants.
To date, he has recovered nearly $100 million on behalf of four families whose children were fatally injured by tip-overs of IKEA MALM dressers, including a $46 million recovery that is believed to be the largest child wrongful death recovery in American history. The settlements for all four cases contained several non-monetary terms that Feldman insisted upon to protect other children from deadly accidents and to help educate parents as to the risk, including an agreement by IKEA in 2016 to only sell chests and dressers in the U.S. that meet or exceed the national voluntary safety standard for clothing storage units.
Feldman is currently pursuing a class action lawsuit against IKEA which alleges that the company conducted a “feeble and ineffective” recall in 2016 and “re-announced” recall in 2017 that left millions of unsafe older-model dressers in people’s homes. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in May 2020, is believed to be the first lawsuit in Pennsylvania to address whether companies may bear legal liability when they conduct deficient recalls.
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