Product manufacturers have turned to us to lead their defense in connection with high-profile multidistrict litigation (MDL), class actions, other aggregated and mass tort matters, as well as single-plaintiff cases across numerous, diverse industries. We have been called upon to represent matters in industries that include chemical and specialized materials (from asbestos to emerging contaminants); consumer products; pharmaceuticals and medical devices; engineered products and components; industrial machinery; food and beverage; and recreational and sporting equipment. We have represented some of our largest and most prestigious product-manufacturing clients for more than four decades.
Manufacturers consistently rely on Phillips Lytle as their go-to national, regional, local and science counsel in complex product liability disputes involving alleged personal injury and health effects, environmental contamination and premises liability claims. We successfully achieve our clients’ business and litigation objectives by leveraging our deep knowledge of science, technology, and our clients’ products and industries to optimal advantage both inside and outside the courtroom.
As trial lawyers who have successfully tried many cases to defense verdicts, we understand that early resolution of litigation is often paramount to our clients’ objectives. Our extensive record of prevailing early on summary judgment and Daubert grounds, obtaining dismissals and voluntary discontinuances, creating successful exit strategies and achieving favorable settlements, speaks to our ability to achieve our clients’ goals in a variety of contexts, pre-suit through trial. We develop and deploy strategies to resolve major litigations early on, providing our clients with the expertise, confidence and certainty they need to focus on their business rather than litigation.
Successfully managing product liability and mass tort controversies requires a sophisticated understanding of both law and science and the development and implementation of strategies harnessing that relationship inside and outside the courtroom. Clients regularly turn to Phillips Lytle’s deep experience in product liability and mass tort litigation for sage, proactive case management and litigation savvy, to resolve efficiently even the most complex litigation. This often involves complex, cutting-edge scientific and engineering challenges that not only drive the litigation but also determine the trajectory and outcome. Our demonstrated mastery of those complexities and challenges have made us the go-to firm for industries facing bet-the-company litigation.
Our trial lawyers know and understand the science relevant to the issues faced by our clients. Many of our attorneys have advanced scientific degrees in fields including epidemiology, biochemistry, neurobiology, chemistry, pharmacology, physiology and engineering. This expertise, in conjunction with our strong, longstanding relationships with leading experts nationwide, from chemical engineering, to environmental science, to oncology, enable to us provide winning solutions to clients time and again, regardless of venue.
Our proficiencies extend beyond the courtroom and we are equally adept at assisting clients in preventing and diffusing potential litigation. We counsel our clients in litigation avoidance strategies to address emerging pre-litigation controversies in a range of manufacturing sectors. We provide proactive risk assessment and mitigation strategies regarding product development, regulatory compliance, labeling, warnings, advertising and product recall. We also assess the potential risks associated with our clients’ acquisition of products that are, or have the potential to be, the subject of litigation.