Michael F. Walker

Partner
Legal Assistant
Carla Batchelor
P: 205.521.8214 cbatchelor@bradley.com
Representative Experience
    • Gardner v. Shenzhen Smoore Technology Ltd., CV-19-1192-CLM (N.D. Ala.)
      Successfully moved for dismissal of a product liability lawsuit against vaping device manufacturer after removal of case from Alabama state court.

      Wade v. United States Steel Corp., et al., Civil Action No. 2018-CP-10-01583 (Court of Common Pleas of Charleston County, S.C.)
      Drafted and argued motions to dismiss product liability claims against solvent manufacturers. Court granted motions and dismissed our clients with our prejudice.

      Graham v. Sun Chemical Corp., et al., CV-18-1362-RDP (N.D. Ala.)
      Defended household product manufacturer in case involving allegations that its product caused cancer.

      Vickery v. AK Steel Corp., et al., Case No. 18-L-241 (Circuit Court of St. Clair County, Ill.)
      After filing motion to dismiss claims in asbestos case, secured plaintiff’s agreement to voluntarily dismiss our client from case after limited initial discovery.

      Springston v. Davison Fuels, Inc., et al., CV-2017-901617 (Circuit Court of Mobile County, Ala.)
      Defended household product manufacturer in case involving allegations that its product caused cancer.

      Stano v. 4520 Corp., Inc., et al., Case No. 18-L-1162 (Circuit Court of Madison County, Ill.)
      Obtained plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of claims in asbestos case, without settlement and before filing of a motion to dismiss, due to jurisdictional defenses.

      Glenn v. DCH Healthcare Authority, et al., CV-2018-900438 (Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa County, Ala.)
      Obtained dismissal of claims against manufacturer of hip replacement device.

      Gray v. Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., et al., Case No. 2307, August Term, 2019 (Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Pa.)
      Defended solvent manufacturer in case involving allegations that its product caused cancer.

      Imburgia v. U.S. Steel Corp., et al., Case No. 410, December Term, 2019 (Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pa.)
      Defended solvent manufacturer in case involving allegations that its product caused cancer.

      CIMCO Refrigeration, Inc. v. Mergulhao, CV-2018-901497 (Circuit Court of Baldwin County, Ala.)
      Pursued various financial claims against client’s former employee.

      Lesher v. U.S. Steel Corp., et al., Case No. 210, September Term, 2017 (Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pa.)
      Defended solvent manufacturer in case involving allegations that its product caused cancer.

      Weekley, et al., v. Seneca N. Am. Coal, LLC, et al., CV-17-900131 (Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Ala., Bessemer Division)
      Defended coal plant operator in mass action brought by nearby property owners and residents.

      Merritt v. Texaco, Inc., et al., Case No. 2015-10509 (District Court for Orleans Parish, La.), and Case No. 2016-C-0731 (Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals of Louisiana)
      Defended solvent manufacturers in case involving allegations that its product caused cancer. Obtained voluntary dismissal, without settlement, after being only defendant to pursue personal jurisdictional defense in appellate court. 

      Allstate Vehicle & Property Ins. Co. v. Electrolux Home Prods., Inc., CV-16-2079-ACA (N.D. Ala.)
      Defended clothes dryer manufacturer against product defect claims arising out of house fire. The case settled approximately 10 days before trial was set to begin.

      Pennington v. U.S. Steel Corp., et al., Case No. 1092, May Term, 2016 (Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pa.)
      Defended solvent manufacturer in case involving allegations that its product caused cancer.

      Jones v. U.S. Steel Corp., et al., Case No. 4098, February Term, 2016 (Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pa.)
      Defended solvent manufacturer in case involving allegations that its product caused cancer.

      Alfa Mut. Ins. Co., et al. v. Electrolux Home Prods., Inc., et al., CV-16-901186 (Circuit Court of Baldwin County, Ala.)
      Defended clothes dryer manufacture against product defect claims arising out of house fire.

      Rhyne v. U.S. Steel Corp., et al., Case No. 228, December Term, 2015 (Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pa.)
      Defended solvent manufacturer in case involving allegations that its product caused cancer. Appealed jurisdictional issue to Pennsylvania’s intermediate appellate court and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Worked with amici to support appeal.

      Keenum v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., et al., CV-16-900050 (Circuit Court of Colbert County, Ala.)
      Defended solvent manufacturer in case involving allegations that its product caused cancer.

      Lee v. U.S. Steel Corp., et al., Case No. 2504, April Term, 2015 (Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pa.)
      Defended solvent manufacturer in case involving allegations that its product caused cancer.

      Simmons v. U.S. Steel Corp., et al., Case No. 4219, September Term, 2015 (Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pa.)
      Defended solvent manufacturer in case involving allegations that its product caused cancer.

      Cain v. Thompson, et al., CV-15-900020 (Circuit Court of Greene County, Ala.)
      Defended knee replacement device manufacturer against product defect claims. After several years of litigation, plaintiff voluntarily dismissed our client due to lack of evidence of defect.

      ADTRAN Inc. v. Metafile Info. Sys., Inc., CV-15-901004 (Circuit Court of Madison County, Ala.)
      Brought claims against software company to recover monies paid for program that never properly functioned.

      Thompson v. Stryker Corp., et al., CV-15-559-AKK (N.D. Ala.)
      Defended knee replacement device manufacturer against product defect claims.

      Newton Lumber Co., et al., v. Murray Guard, Inc., CV-14-SLB-1210-W (N.D. Ala.)
      Defended security company after fire destroyed lumber mill. Mill owner and insurer alleged that fire and extent of damage were due to the negligence of the client’s employee.

      Sanders v. Stryker Corp., et al., CV-14-698-MHT-WC (M.D. Ala.)
      Defended hip replacement device manufacturer against product defect claims.

      Rye v. Boyett, et al., CV-14-17 (Circuit Court of Limestone County, Ala.)
      Defended knee replacement device manufacturer against product defect claims. Obtained summary judgment.

      Titus v. Howmedica Osteonics Corp., CF-14-469-JHE (N.D. Ala.)
      Defended knee replacement device manufacturer against product defect claims. Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed lawsuit after we filed motions to dismiss on various grounds.

      Culpepper v. Stryker Corp., et al., CV-12-767-MEF-CSC (M.D. Ala.)
      Defended knee replacement device manufacturer against product defect claims. Successfully defended removal of case to federal court based on fraudulent joinder of co-defendant and defeated motion to remand.

      Madison Oslin, Inc., et al. v. Interstate Resources, Inc., et al., CV-11-B-1343-S (N.D. Ala.), 2012 WL 4730877, and CV-12-3041-MJG (D. Md.), 2016 WL 1274094
      Defense of a national paperboard and box manufacturer and two of its executives against trade secret and fraud claims. Obtained dismissal of numerous claims in Alabama federal court and transfer of case to Maryland federal court. Ultimately obtained dismissal of remaining claims on summary judgment from Maryland court. Thereafter, the court ordered that our client was entitled to recover its attorneys’ fees from plaintiffs due to a showing that plaintiffs’ claims were groundless.

      JAMS arbitration matter
      In a dispute between a national beverage producer and a former statewide distributor that had been terminated, obtained dismissal at of a number of the claimants’ claims in the early stages. The case was then tried to an arbitrator over a four-day hearing in Virginia. Following the hearing, the arbitrator denied all of the distributor’s remaining claims and awarded damages to our client on its counterclaim.

      Payton v. Stryker Corp., et al., CV-12-2469-HGD (N.D. Ala.)
      Defended manufacturer of surgical plate against product defect claims.

      Phillipi v. Howmedica Osteonics Corp., et al., CV-12-760-KD-N
      Defended hip replacement device manufacturer against product defect claims.

      In re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Prods. Liab. Litig., CV-13-3022-DWF (D. Minn.)
      Assisted in the defense of multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceeding related to hip replacement device.

      American Arbitration Association matter
      Defended global manufacturer in water meter industry that had terminated its longtime Michigan distributor. Shortly after the termination was effective, our client appointed as its new distributor a company formed by several former employees of former distributor. Former distributor brought suit in Michigan state court and we successfully moved to compel arbitration. This matter culminated in a five-day arbitration hearing before a three-judge panel and resulted in a decision entirely in favor of our client.

      Waid, et al. v. United States Steel Mining Co., et al., CV-04-1234, Alexander, et al. v. Cliffs N. Am. Coal LLC,et al., CV-10-54, and Brown v. Cliffs N. Am. Coal, LLC, et al., CV-11-900376 (Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Ala. – Bessemer Division), and Ex parte PinnOak Resources, LLC, 26 So. 3d 1190 (Ala. 2009)
      Defended coal plant operator in multiple mass actions brought by nearby property owners and residents. 

      Milo’s Franchise Co. v. Milo’s Tea Co., CV-12-902513 (Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Ala. – Birmingham Division)
      Represented restaurant operator as plaintiff in trademark and breach-of-contract dispute against former beverage supplier.

      United Nat’l Ins. Co. v. Andritz Inc., et al., CV-11-900083 (Circuit Court of DeKalb County, Ala.)
      Defended manufacturer in case arising out of fire at industrial facility.

      Nationwide Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. Lasko Prods., Inc., CV-11-747-RBP (N.D. Ala.)
      Defended manufacturer of box fan in case involving house fire. Persuaded plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss case for lack of evidence of defect. 

      Vandenberg, et al. v. ARAMARK Educational Servs., Inc., et al., CV-10-902889 (Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Ala. – Birmingham Division)
      Obtained pre-certification dismissal of class action brought against provider of dining services to University of Alabama in a class action alleging various antitrust claims.


      Figueroa, et al. v. MERSCORP, Inc., et al., CV-10-61296-CMA (S.D. Fla.)
      Represented lender in class action alleging various claims regarding Mortgage Electronic Registration System and Florida foreclosure practices. Drafted comprehensive motion to dismiss addressing federal and state-law issues with lawsuit.

      REM Pipeline Services, Inc. v. Willis of Alabama, Inc., CV-10-900030 (Circuit Court of Greene County, Ala.)
      Defended insurance broker against claim by gas pipeline installer.

      The Bank of New York Mellon, et al. v. Jefferson County, Ala., CV-08-1703-RDP (N.D. Ala.)
      Assisted in defense of county in dispute regarding multibillion-dollar claim by holders of warrants issued by county’s sewer system.

      Legacy Park, Ltd., et al. v. City of Bayou La Batre, et al., CV-08-352-KD-B (S.D. Ala.)
      Represented developer of single-family homes as plaintiff in case brought under Fair Housing Act and state-law claims against municipality, its mayor, and city council members. Case settled during trial.

      Williams, et al. v. T Bone Invs., LLC, et al., CV-08-901298 (Circuit Court of Mobile County, Ala.)
      Defended fire alarm manufacturer in wrongful death action.

      Graham ex rel. Graham v. Thompson, CV-08-903697 (Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Ala. – Birmingham Division)
      Assisted with trial preparation for defense of co-employee case in wrongful death action.

      Hexaport Building Sys. of Fla., LLC v. GSH of Ala., Inc., et al., CV-08-309-SLB (N.D. Ala.)
      Represented modular home manufacturer as plaintiff and counterclaim defendant in matter involving claims of misuse of trademark, misappropriation of confidential information, and fraud.

      Dickmann v. Robinson, et al., CV-08-900095 (Circuit Court of St. Clair County, Ala. – Pell City Division)
      Defended restaurant in dram shop action.

      Elemary v. Holzmann AG, et al., CV-07-654-RCL (D.D.C.)
      Represented various construction and holding companies and their principals in multiple actions filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., state court in Los Angeles, California, and elsewhere, alleging various claims and counterclaims for fraud, breach of contract, and others. Obtained dismissal of all of plaintiff’s claims.

      SouthernPointe Group, Inc., et al. v. American Empire Surplus Lines Insurance Co., et al., CV-07-511 (Circuit Court of Mobile County, Ala.)
      Defended insurer in case brought by restaurant operator alleging that waterfront business was destroyed by wind, rather than water, during Hurricane Katrina.

      Byers v. Hooters of Homewood, Inc., et al., CV-07-185 (Circuit Court of St. Clair County, Ala. – Ashville Division)
      Defended restaurant in dram shop action.

      Troup v. Travelers Indemnity Co., et al., CV-07-900629 (Circuit Court of Baldwin County, Ala.)
      Obtained summary judgment for construction company on claim by injured employee.

      Gamble v. PinnOak Resources, LLC, 511 F.Supp.2d 1111 (N.D. AL 2007)
      Property owners brought class action against defendants allegedly involved in operation of coal preparation plant, alleging that defendants violated federal and safety regulations to the degree that they had allowed dangerous quantities of highly explosive and highly flammable materials to accumulate within the plant. Case later dismissed.

      Grand Slam Club/Ovis v. Int’l Sheep Hunters Ass’n Found., Inc., et al., CV-06-4643-SLB, (N.D. Ala.)
      Represented non-profit organization as plaintiff in intellectual property, tortious interference, and contractual dispute involving numerous claims and counterclaims in successful seven-day jury trial. Prepared and handled examination of multiple witnesses in court, including primary damages witness. Handled the briefing of several post-judgment motions, which resulted in the upholding of the jury’s verdict and the court’s judgment.

      Bowden, et al. v. USX Corp., et al., CV-97-626 (Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Ala. – Bessemer Division), and Oak Grove Resources, LLC v. White, 86 So. 3d 963 (Ala. 2011)
      Defended coal plant operator in prolonged class action, which had been settled before our client became involved, through various post-settlement remediation issues and on appeal. Obtained final dismissal in 2012.

      Weekley, et al. v. United States Steel Mining Co., et al., CV-96-790 (Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Ala. – Bessemer Division), and Ex parte PinnOak Resources, LLC, 26 So. 3d 1190 (Ala. 2009)
      Defended coal plant operator in mass action, which was settled before our client became involved, against various post-settlement efforts by plaintiffs. Obtained dismissal of action on writ of mandamus from Alabama Supreme Court in 2009.

      Cross, et al. v. Day, et al., Case Number 122, 297-C (District Court of Livingston Parish, La.)
      Defended tire manufacturer against multi-plaintiff action asserting product liability claims arising out of car accident resulting in one death and multiple injured plaintiffs.

      Brunet, et al. v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., et al., Case Number 545,559-C (District Court of East Baton Rouge Parish, La.)
      Defended tire manufacturer against product liability claims arising out of car accident.

      Shepherd v. Vulcan Materials Co., et al., C.A. No. 06-CI-3319 (Circuit Court of Fayette County, Ky,)
      Defended mine operator in claim by injured employee.

      Waldrup v. Job Land & Mineral, Inc., et al., CV-06-6484 (Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Ala.)
      Defended business engaged in mining operations from property damage and nuisance claims brought by nearby residents.

      Curry, et al. v. Lexington Law Firm, Inc., CV-05-20) (Circuit Court of Pickens County, Ala.)
      Defended a Utah law firm that provided credit repair services in a class action alleging state regulatory violations.