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Jenner & Block Attorneys Author Unique Product Liability Treatise

The Practising Law Institute has just published a first-of-its-kind book on product liability litigation trends and best practices that was edited by Jenner & Block Partner Lise T. Spacapan and features substantive contributions from numerous Jenner & Block attorneys.

Titled Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices, the new book offers “today’s most comprehensive guide to the legal, technical, and strategic issues involved in one of today’s most explosive areas of litigation,” according to the Practising Law Institute, the nation’s leading provider of continuing legal education.

Ms. Spacapan, who is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Product Liability & Mass Tort Defense Practice, explains that “Product Liability law involves a fascinating mix of human drama, legal theory, and scientific complexity.  Legal strategies for products cases are constantly changing as science advances and courts consider new legal frontiers. This area broadly impacts American business.”

Ms. Spacapan added: “Working with a remarkable roster of leading practitioners from our firm and many others, we structured this book to provide lawyers with a one-volume, state-of-the-art guide to this ever evolving area of the law.”

The 43-chapter book is arranged into three major sections: a section discussing trends in product claims and defenses, a second section relating to strategies for managing and resolving product litigation and a third section that focuses on specific product liability litigation issues and tactics.

Among the many topics covered, the treatise helps attorneys navigate product recalls, class actions and consumer fraud cases.  It addresses strategic considerations such as the use of early case evaluation and discovery plans to cut litigation costs; and the use of computer technologies to conduct background investigations, uncover hard-to-find evidence, and make complex scientific evidence clearer to jurors.  The publication features case studies, checklists and sample documents throughout.

In addition to Ms. Spacapan serving as an editor, many Jenner & Block attorneys wrote the following chapters in the new publication:

  • Partner Craig C. Martin, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department, and Associate Adam C.G. Ringguth: “Recasting Product Liability Claims As Consumer Fraud Cases – Defendant’s Perspective.”
  • Partner Lise T. Spacapan and Associate Stacy S. Jakobe: “Scientific Advances – Potential Impact on Medical Monitoring.” Associate Jill M. Hutchison also made valuable contributions in drafting this chapter.
  • Partners Philip L. Harris, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Product Liability & Mass Tort Defense Practice, and Linda L. Listrom:  “Early Case Evaluation in Managing Litigation.”  Associates Thalia L. Myrianthopoulos and Sara S. Ruff also made valuable contributions in drafting this chapter.
  • Partners Dean N. Panos and Richard P. Steinken and Associate Stephanie Jean-Jacques: “Recent Developments in Product Recalls.”
  • Partner Elizabeth A. Coleman: “Issues of Successor Liability."

Please click here for more information, including the book’s full Table of Contents.