Philadelphia Jury Finds in Favor of Federal Signal Corporation in Trial of Nine Firefighter Hearing Loss Claims

Jun 25, 2010, 12:32 ET from Federal Signal Corporation

OAK BROOK, Ill., June 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS), a leader in advancing security and well-being, announced today that a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania jury absolved the Company from any liability in lawsuits brought by nine Philadelphia firefighters and found that the siren product was not defective.  These firefighters claimed that they had developed hearing loss caused by exposure to sirens manufactured by the Company.   

This trial was the first trial in Philadelphia involving the consolidated claims of several firefighters claiming hearing loss.  The Company previously had obtained a complete defense verdict in a consolidated trial in Cook County, Illinois involving 27 firefighters in 2008.  The Company also lost a jury trial in 2009 involving consolidated claims of nine firefighters, which the Company is currently appealing.

Jennifer Sherman, General Counsel for the Company, stated, "Our success in this trial demonstrates that our position in aggressively defending these cases is justified.  We believe that sirens are important public safety products and we are committed to successfully defending these cases."  Phil Beck, the Company's lead attorney from Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, stated, "We are pleased to see that the Company has been vindicated in this trial.  We believe that the jury's quick decision after a long trial reaffirms that Federal Signal's sirens help to protect the public in a way that is safe for firefighters." 

About Federal Signal

Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS) enhances the safety, security and well-being of communities and workplaces around the world. Founded in 1901, Federal Signal is a leading global designer and manufacturer of products and total solutions that serve municipal, governmental, industrial and institutional customers. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., with manufacturing facilities worldwide, the Company operates four groups: Safety and Security Systems, Environmental Solutions, Federal Signal Technologies and Fire Rescue. For more information on Federal Signal, visit:

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