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Hacking Today's Vehicles

Impressions from the hacked-Jeep story.


A New Era: 3D Printed Medical Drugs

This latest FDA approval changes the landscape of products liability law.


Time for a Makeover: Newly Proposed Cosmetic Safety Legislation

The bill, if enacted, will revolutionize the personal care industry.


Articles »

Compelling Discovery for Foreign Arbitrations

By J. Brittany Cross Carlson

"Foreign proceeding" requirement provides a potential defense to product manufacturers seeking to defeat discovery requests.

The Learned Intermediary Doctrine Gains Another Foothold in West Virginia

By Jennifer A. Foster

A medical device manufacturer has no direct duty to warn patients of the risks of its products, but what does this mean for pharmaceutical manufacturers?

The Evolution of Drywall Litigation

By Collette A. Brown and Ira J. Gonzalez

Discover the origin and future of the lawsuits against the defective Chinese product.


Sound Advice »

audio Going In-House: An Interview on Making the Move

By Dan Wittenberg

Considering going in-house? Cally Kothmann speaks to Dan Wittenberg regarding her decision to make the jump from private practice to corporate law, including some words of advice. (13:27 min)


audio Time Entries: What Every Associate Needs to Know

By Catherine Clemons

Billing time is not something taught in law school. Listen as Catherine Clemons outlines best practices and common errors made by associates in billing time. (9:10 min)


audio Consumer Product Crisis: Strategies to Protect a Product's Reputation

By Laura J. Walther

Laura J. Walther discusses both offensive and defensive strategies, from a combined legal and media standpoint, to help keep your client's product from having its good name damaged in public. (07:06 min)


Roundtables »

audio Mutual Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. v. Bartlett and Preemption in Pharmaceutical Litigation

Learn about the significance of the Barltett decision and its impact on the court's preemption holdings. (00:57:33)

audio Career Development 101: Practical Advice

Young lawyers today face various challenges as they work to further their careers, from establishing and expanding a network to finding a good advocate who will help advance their career. Join us for a discussion on how can young lawyers turn these challenges into opportunities. (01:13:25)

audio Biopharmaceuticals and Products Liability Litigation

The difference between biologics and small molecule therapeutics—the types of drugs most products lawyers have litigated to date—as well as recent developments stemming from the 2010 Affordable Care Act will be the focus of this roundtable. (56:26)


Announcements »

SAVE THE DATE—Jury Instructions on Causation: June 23, 2015

Join us for the Roundtable, “Variety Is the Spice of Life? Differences in Jury Instructions on Causation in Product Liability Cases.” Register now.


SAVE THE DATE—Managing Mass and Class Action Roundtable: July 22, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. EST. Register now.


SAVE THE DATE—ABA Annual Meeting: July 30–August 4, 2015

Join us in Chicago, Illinois. Register now.


SAVE THE DATE—Pharma/Medical Device/Biotech CLE: October 2, 2015

Join us for the Roundtable, “Current Issues in Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and BioPharmaceutical Litigation” at Pfizer, in New York, New York.


SAVE THE DATE—Women of the Section of Litigation: November 11–13, 2015

Join us for "Women of the Section of Litigation: Leading, Litigating & Connecting" in Chicago, Illinois.


SAVE THE DATE—Joint CLE Seminar: January 21–23, 2016

Join us for the CLE presented by the Section of Litigation Products Liability, Mass Torts, and Environmental Subcommittees in Park City, Utah.


Young Lawyers Subcommittee Monthly Conference Calls

The YLS monthly call will take place on the first Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m. Eastern time. The dial-in number for the call is1-888-857-4030. The passcode is 540066.


Women in Products Liability Subcommittee Bi-Monthly Conference Calls

The WIPL monthly call will take place on the third Tuesday of every other month at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. The dial-in number for the call is1-800-901-0312. The passcode is 608-284-2221.


Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Biotech Subcommittee Bi-Monthly Conference Call

The Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Biotech Subcommittee bi-monthly conference call will take place on the third Wednesday of June, August, October and December at 4:00 pm ET. The dial-in number for the call is 1-866-646-6488.  The passcode is 484-864-7273.


Consumer Products Subcommittee Monthly Conference Calls

The CP monthly call will take place on the third Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The dial-in number for the call is 1-855-888-6338.  The passcode is 545442.

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Richard Gaal

Mobile, AL

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Charlotte, NC

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New Orleans, LA

Alan D. Mathis

Birmingham, AL


Stephen E. Reynolds

Indianapolis, IN

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Cincinnati, OH