Tech Toys and Products Task Force

Tech toys and products are ubiquitous: in stores, online, in the news, and of course on social media. Signs for “vape” shops are everywhere now; people ride around on hover boards in the same fashion as bikes and skateboards, and drones are flown like kites at parks and beaches. But these tech toys are not always as much fun they appear to be and often lead to repetitive fire scenarios and failures.

Cozen O’Connor has created the Tech Toys and Products Task Force to focus our experience and resources regarding fire losses arising out of the wide variety of tech toys and products and their associated batteries and chargers. The members of this task force keep apprised of news and developments on tech-related losses, are trained to identify the unique issues associated with such losses, and handle them using a coordinated and systematic approach. We work with experts across the country and understand the need for a cohesive approach to handling these types of losses to better serve our clients and maximize recoveries.

Potential targets in these cases can include the manufacturers of the toys and products themselves, the manufacturers of the chargers and/or batteries for these devices, and the sellers and/or distributors in the chain of distribution. With the help of experienced experts in the field, Cozen O’Connor attorneys investigate the products at issue — including all associated batteries and chargers — with an eye toward navigating the most meaningful recovery path for our clients. 

Publications

Hi, I'm Listening [CLM]

April 01, 2017

Peter A Lynch, of Cozen O'Connor's Subrogation and Recovery department, wrote an article titled "Hi, I'm Listening" for CLM Magazine.

Driverless Vehicles and the Effect on Insurance [DRI For The Defense]

May 30, 2016

Julia Molander and Yevgenia Wiener of the Global Insurance Department discuss driverless vehicles, which will require a new liability paradigm.

Back from the Future: Hoverboards are Real “Fire Hazards” According to the CPSC and NFPA [Subrogation & Recovery Alert]

May 23, 2016

In this Alert, we discuss hoverboards and recent advisories in response to fire trends associated with hoverboards by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Are Hoverboards Too Hot? [Claims Management Magazine]

February 12, 2016

Peter Lynch provides an explanation on hoverboards and their standard components, reviews the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s warning on hoverboards, and offers practical suggestions on the handling of related losses.

Leni Cummins Discusses Use of Drones by Condominiums and Cooperatives in The Cooperator

January 19, 2016

Leni Cummins, member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate practice group, discusses drone usage by condominiums and cooperatives in The Cooperator.

Hoverboards [Subrogation & Recovery Alert]

January 07, 2016

Hoverboards are the hottest toy on the market this holiday season. Hoverboards are not only burning consumers’ pocket books and toy stores shelves, they are also bursting into flames. In fact, they are now suspected to be the root cause of 11 fires in 10 different states.

William Walsh Discusses the Risks of Drones During the Holiday Buying Season in Business Insurance

December 06, 2015

Drone sales that could top 1 million this holiday season have lawyers warming up for a wave of claims, with differing views on the insurance industry's readiness for the risks that commercial and consumer drone operators will bring.

“Charge” That – Lithium Ion Battery Losses [Subrogation & Recovery Alert]

June 30, 2015

Lithium-ion batteries have become increasingly popular these days. Consumers’ quest for convenience from their energy sources and devices has resulted in packages that continue to become smaller/more portable and more powerful. But as manufacturers continue to find ways to pack more and more power in smaller and smaller packages, inevitable dangers and hazards have surfaced making fires more frequent.

Dare to Drone? Drones in Subrogation Investigations [Subrogation & Recovery Alert]

May 04, 2015

Unmanned aircraft systems, more commonly known as drones, are seemingly everywhere. From technologically advanced toys to military warfare, drones are in our everyday lives. Drones are useful in high-risk situations, and oftentimes, are safer and more economical for routine monitoring, preventative maintenance operations and dangerous investigations.

David Heffernan discusses Industry Reaction to FAA's Drone Proposals

March 18, 2015

David Heffernan of the Transportation & Logistics Practice Group and co-chair of the Aviation Industry Team, discusses Industry Reaction to FAA's Drone Proposals in this San Diego Daily Transcript article "Industry Has Mixed Reaction to FAA's Drone Proposals."

David Heffernan Discusses Future of Drone Regulations at The Air & Space Law Symposium

March 13, 2015

David Heffernan of the Transportation and Logistics Practice Group and co-chair of the Aviation Industry Team presented on drones at the Air Law Institute 2nd Annual Air & Space Law Symposium on San Diego, CA March 13-14, 2015. San Diego Channel 6 News interviewed a few of the presenters at the Symposium to discuss the future of drone regulation.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Orlando Claims Association Monthly Meeting

January 12, 2017 - Altamonte Springs, FL

2016 London Market USA Study Tour

July 10, 2016 - Chicago, IL

2016 CLM Annual Conference

April 06, 2016 - Orlando, FL

ACI 2016 Risk Management Conference

January 13, 2016 - Nashville, TN

In The News

Leni Cummins Discusses Use of Drones by Condominiums and Cooperatives in The Cooperator

January 19, 2016

Leni Cummins, member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate practice group, discusses drone usage by condominiums and cooperatives in The Cooperator.

William Walsh Discusses the Risks of Drones During the Holiday Buying Season in Business Insurance

December 06, 2015

Drone sales that could top 1 million this holiday season have lawyers warming up for a wave of claims, with differing views on the insurance industry's readiness for the risks that commercial and consumer drone operators will bring.

Contacts

David D. Brisco

Member

dbrisco@cozen.com

(619) 685-1704

Joseph F. Rich

Member

jrich@cozen.com

(786) 871-3941

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