Global Product Liability

Overview

Product liability exposure can be an unwieldy animal, with unforeseen risks: manufacturers and developers are increasingly marketing their products in unconventional ways, operations are becoming more complex, and the outcome of using social media can be unpredictable, all potentially resulting in explosive litigation. Given the uncertainties regarding the risks, DLA Piper is here to help.

DLA Piper is proud to feature a premier and innovative product liability litigation practice; dedicated to address your legal needs whenever and wherever they arise. Comprised of almost 150 lawyers in 15 offices throughout the United States, as well as lawyers in many other offices around the world, our US product liability lawyers have in-depth experience representing clients in five core areas:

Pharmaceuticals
and medical devices

DLA Piper is a leader in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. Among the accolades we have received: in 2015, Chambers & Partners recognized DLA Piper as a finalist for Product Liability Practice Group of the year, and The Legal 500 recognized us as a top-tier firm in the field from 2014 – 2017. We represent many of the leading manufacturers of pharmaceutical and biological medications and medical devices in product liability and related litigation. We have experience in mitigating the risk of product liability litigation from beginning to end, including:

Assessing potential areas of risk before litigation commences and counseling clients on practical ways to mitigate that risk.

Serving as national counsel in defending against a number of highly publicized nationwide product liability litigations.

Experience in the role of scientific evidence in evaluating the risk of claims before they arise and defending against product liability cases once litigation is filed, with successful Daubert motions.

Preparing for and winning cases at trial, including developing core defense themes and trial strategy from the early stages of litigation. 

Resolving litigation in a swift and cost-effective manner.

Automotive and
transportation

DLA Piper offers a global network of lawyers who collectively have addressed a wide variety of issues for global manufacturers, suppliers, and other companies vertically or horizontally integrated with the automotive sector facing charges that their products are defective or caused injury. We have established significant, decades- long relationships with a number of industry leaders, and in that time we have helped solve some of their most difficult challenges related to manufacturing, parts design and development, safety standard and other governmental regulation, class action defense, corporate and consumer financing, products liability claims, and intellectual property. We have served as trusted advisors, internal consultants, and courtroom representatives for virtually every automotive company in the world. Our long-term understanding of the business practices and commercial realities of the automotive industry has informed our representation of these companies for decades, enabling us to resolve disputes and achieve cost-effective results in high-profile, high-stakes engagements.

Our lawyers are nationally ranked among the world's best by several leading publications, including:

- Legal 500
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Chambers USA
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The American Lawyer
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Who's Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America

Consumer
products

DLA Piper's Consumer and Industrial Product Liability group regularly defends the largest and most significant litigation matters that face our clients. We have represented many of our clients for decades and know their businesses intimately, such that we play a very proactive role in advising and defending them against liability claims. Our attorneys reduce the levels of uncertainty in an inherently-uncertain process regarding outcome and cost, and provide a cost-effective and efficient service targeted at achieving our clients' business objectives. We also proactively issue spot and address potential regulatory or other risks relating to products and product liability litigation.

We have an unparalleled track record of success in the courtroom, having successfully tried hundreds of product liability cases in venues throughout the United States. As a result, we have the experience to keep our eye on the ball throughout the course of product liability litigation of any scope, and to advise our clients accordingly.

Four key areas:
- Litigation
- Complaince
- Recalls and withdrawls
- FDA

Chemicals
and toxic torts

DLA Piper is a recognized leader in the area of toxic torts and environmental exposure regulation and litigation. We have a strong track record of success representing companies in toxic tort and environmental exposure matters in high-stakes litigation. Recently honored by Law360 as "Environmental Practice Group of the Year" and "Product Liability Practice Group of the Year," the firm's Product Liability and Mass Tort group has a "strong reputation as go-to-trial counsel" that, says Chambers USA, "stands out for its experience in multi-jurisdictional disputes." Our attorneys also advise clients on facets of environmental regulatory compliance, new legislation, and enforcement matters, often with the goal of avoiding litigation. Our team has a deep understanding of legislative and regulatory developments at the local, national, and global level, to help clients manage and operate their businesses without disruption. We have deep and broad experience in several areas, including:

- Counseling and regulatory advice
- Chemical and environmental exposure
- Lung disease, asbestos and silica

Regulatory

We offer full-service support on product liability compliance and defense through our team of dispute resolution and regulatory lawyers, many of them ex-regulators, who are well equipped to negotiate and work with local regulators and law enforcement agencies to get the best outcome for our clients. Our attorneys have deep experience advising on the requirements of national and regional regulatory authorities, including the implementation of directives in local markets and ensuring compliance in multi-market and multi-product operations. We formulate compliance solutions that can satisfy the most demanding requirements and cover the widest range of risks, while still promoting consistency across all business activities and geographic regions.

In the US, we help keep clients up-to-date and compliant with ever-changing product safety laws, regulations, and policies, including from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and numerous states and localities. We liaise with the CPSC and state regulators on our clients' behalf. We have extensive experience in regulatory, warning, labeling, and product literature best practices and requirements in electronics, children's products, industrial products, cosmetics, automotive products, e-cigarettes and much more. Our clients comprise all roles in the supply chain, including leading manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers. Our litigators have particular experience with the rules and regulations relating to FDA (including N LEA, DSHEA, FDCA), FTC, USDA and EPA. We also have experience advising and defending our clients in investigations and/or actions brought by organizations such as FDA, CSPI, NAD, FTC and Attorneys General.

When our lawyers guide clients through government or private enforcement actions, we focus on achieving client goals efficiently, whether that means vigorous litigation or efficient resolution. We focus on minimizing impacts to our clients' operations.

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Key contacts

Raymond M. Williams
Raymond M. Williams
Partner and Co-Chair, Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice raymond.williams@dlapiper.comT +1 215 656 3368View bio
Christopher M. Young
Christopher M. Young
Partner and Co-Chair, Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice christopher.young@dlapiper.comT +1 619 699 4748View bio