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Poyner  Spruill’s Insurance Defense and Tort Litigation Group attorneys have an extensive background representing insurance companies, businesses and individuals in a wide variety of tort cases. These clients range from national and local corporations (financial institutions, brokerage firms, healthcare industry and manufacturers) to the transportation industry (railroad, trucking and auto dealers), the retail industry (grocery chain, restaurants, etc.), governmental entities (cities and counties) and insurers. 

Types of cases include:

Insurance Defense and Coverage Issues, including Catastrophic Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Trucking Defense
  • Construction Defects
  • Defamation
  • Nuisance
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Business and Consumer Fraud
  • Constitutional Rights

We regularly appear on behalf of clients in North Carolina state and federal trial and appellate courts.  Our attorneys have tried cases in all three districts of federal court in North Carolina and in more than half of the 100 counties in the North Carolina state court system.

Our attorneys also regularly appear before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  The firm is also experienced in the utilization of all forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), ranging from arbitration to mediation.

Our representative insurance defense experience includes:

  • Regular representation of the largest domestic property and casualty insurer in North Carolina in automobile liability and coverage cases throughout Eastern North Carolina
  • Representing a national provider of insurance products and services for the trucking industry in numerous cases, including cases involving paraplegia and wrongful death
  • Representing one of numerous defendants in mass tort cases arising out of explosion of West Pharmaceuticals plant in Kinston, North Carolina, in January of 2003
  • Representing South Carolina compounding pharmacy and its owner in multi-district personal injury and wrongful death litigation arising out of pharmacy’s distribution of contaminated sterile injectable medication
  • Serving as the lead defense counsel for an alarm company in a claim to recover $81 million for property and product damage at a North Carolina tobacco facility
  • Representing major brokerage company in product liability litigation concerning both product and insurance coverage questions
  • Regularly conducting Examinations Under Oath (EUO) on behalf of insurers

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