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Bentley & More Fighting LG Chem’s Attempt to Avoid Responsibility for Exploding E-Cigarette Battery Injuries

November 19, 2018 – Orange County, CA – LG Chem, LTD. is the Korean company responsible for manufacturing many of the exploding lithium-ion batteries used in today’s e-cigarette devices. It is now attempting to shield itself from responsibility for the devastating injuries suffered by unsuspecting consumers when their defective LG battery exploded. Although California e-cigarette users can easily and routinely purchase LG lithium-ion batteries in retail stores and online, LG has filed seven motions (with more to come) throughout the state seeking to avoid legal responsibility for this harm based upon a “lack of California jurisdiction.”

Greg Bentley, founding partner of Bentley & More LLP in Newport Beach, CA, which is litigating more than 20 cases in which an LG lithium-ion battery exploded and severely injured a California consumer, is pushing back against this stall tactic. On November 13, Bentley’s firm filed a Motion to Transfer and Coordinate Actions in Orange County Superior Court asking to coordinate at least seven actions for the purposes of conducting the necessary and relevant jurisdictional discovery.

“It’s shocking that this company buries its head in the sand, reaping profits on the sale of these defective LG lithium-ion batteries, and then has the gall to assert essentially, ‘hey, we are from South Korea, you can’t sue us in California.’ It’s appalling and consumers should be aware,” said Bentley. Bentley & More is leading the charge in holding e-cigarette companies accountable, with Greg Bentley handling cases on behalf of injured consumers throughout the United States. “LG’s tactics are just another shining example of the e-cigarette industry’s desire to put profit over safety. We will keep fighting and keep bringing attention to the issue, until something changes,” said Bentley.

About Bentley & More LLP
Bentley & More LLP specializes in working closely with clients to deeply understand their lives and tell their individual stories. The firm’s success comes from tailoring each solution to a client’s particular needs. That success is measured in far more than awards, verdicts, and peer recognition, it is measured in the real differences made in our clients’ quality of life. Bentley & More focuses on the representation of consumers in the fields of catastrophic personal injury, product liability, insurance bad faith, and workers’ compensation, with particular expertise in matters that cross over multiple fields.