Richard J.Bedell Jr. (Rich)


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Over the last 30 years, Rich Bedell has developed a practice that focuses on litigation involving engineered products, primarily in the areas of building materials, construction, and aviation. He has handled product liability claims, commercial disputes, product recalls, and consumer class actions relating to air conditioning systems, diesel engines, aircraft engines and aircraft parts, blasthole drills, transformers, welded connections, welding machines, cranes, spark plugs, and wastewater treatment plants. Rich has tried several of these cases to a successful verdict, including the jury verdict in Driscoll v. Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions, Case No. 69-VI-CV-08-145 (Sixth Judicial District, St. Louis County, Minnesota).

Rich has represented Bridgestone Firestone, Cleveland Cliffs, Walmart, Deutz AG, Ferro Corporation, Goodman Manufacturing, Goodrich Aerostructures, Lincoln Electric, Lycoming Engines, TECT Aerospace, TransDigm Group, and a major appliance manufacturer.

Rich is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.


  • Olympic Steel acquires McCullough Industries, Inc.Jones Day advised Olympic Steel Inc. in its acquisition of McCullough Industries, Inc., which manufactures and sells branded self-dumping hoppers used in a variety of industrial applications.
  • TransDigm defends putative class action lawsuit over allegedly defective spark plugsJones Day is defending TransDigm Group Incorporated subsidiary Champion Aerospace, LLC against a putative class action lawsuit alleging, on behalf of general aviation aircraft owners in California, that certain Champion Aerospace spark plugs are defective.
  • Major appliance manufacturer defends putative nationwide class action alleging design defects in dryersJones Day is serving as lead counsel in defense of a putative nationwide class action alleging that certain dryers manufactured by a major appliance manufacturer include a design defect.
  • Daikin Industries defends putative class action alleging sale of defective evaporator coilsJones Day is defending Daikin Industries, Ltd. against putative class action litigation in which plaintiffs allege the manufacture and sale of defective evaporator coils.
  • Goodman defeats class certification in putative consumer class actions alleging sale of failure-prone air conditioner componentsJones Day represents Goodman Global, Inc. and its affiliates, the manufacturers of central air conditioning and heating systems sold under the Goodman, Amana, and Daikin brands, in a series of putative consumer class actions.
  • Manufacturing company resolves matter after federal criminal inquiryJones Day represented a manufacturing company in the aviation industry in a federal criminal investigation involving allegations of defense contractor fraud.
  • KeyCorp defends class actions alleging securities fraud and ERISA violations arising out of investments related to Bernard MadoffJones Day defended KeyCorp and an affiliate that managed a family of funds-of-hedge-funds against class actions arising out of the Bernard Madoff scandal.
  • Merial wins affirmance of summary judgment victory in false advertising litigationA cross-office, cross-practice Jones Day team, in conjunction with Merial Limited's Global Head of Intellectual Property, Dr. Judy Jarecki-Black, successfully defended Merial Limited at both the district court and appellate levels in a series of false advertising cases regarding Merial’s flea and tick products.
  • Deutz AG and Deutz Corporation's summary judgment victory upheld on appealJones Day represented Deutz AG and Deutz Corporation in a commercial dispute with a machine manufacturer that incorporated Deutz diesel engines in its equipment.
  • United Taconite wins breach of warranty trial and is found blameless for drill accidentJones Day represented United Taconite, a subsidiary of Cliffs Natural Resources, in a three and a half week trial involving warranty and subrogation claims against Atlas Copco, a Texas-based manufacturer of large blasthole drills.
  • Bridgestone prevails in major environmental coverage litigation recovering in excess of $100 millionJones Day represented the policyholder, Bridgestone, in an environmental coverage litigation over past and future clean-up costs at both owned industrial and third-party waste disposal sites located around the country.
  • Lycoming Engines wins class decertification motionJones Day represented Lycoming Engines in litigation brought by owners of general aviation aircraft in California who were affected by a service bulletin calling for retirement of the crankshafts in certain aircraft engines manufactured by Lycoming.
  • Lycoming Engines prevails in arbitration brought by aircraft manufacturer arising from engine crankshaft recallsJones Day successfully represented Lycoming Engines in an AAA arbitration before a three judge panel in Pittsburgh, PA to resolve a commercial dispute between an airframe manufacturer and its engine supplier.
  • AVCO successfully prosecutes interlocutory appeal of antisuit injunctionOn behalf of AVCO Corporation, Jones Day AVCO successfully prosecuted an interlocutory appeal of an antisuit injunction.
  • Additional Publications

    • May 2006A Fresh Look at Federal Preemption in the Context of Aviation
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