Michael Best’s Products Liability team defends clients across a broad spectrum of industries, from medical care providers to nationally known consumer products manufacturers.
The insights of our lawyers and professional staff, many of whom have advanced degrees in engineering and the sciences as well as specific industry experience, add value when disputes hinge on technical or scientific issues.
While we are relentless advocates in the court room, we never lose sight of our client’s budget and business goals. We tailor our litigation strategy to our client’s expectations, whether that is early settlement, victory at trial, or something in between. Thus, our typical engagement starts with a detailed analysis of strengths and weaknesses that identifies potential liability exposure and the fair value of the case. As an alternative to trial, we have experience in all forms of alternative dispute resolution including mediation, mini-trials, and arbitration.
Our approach also focuses on risk management to identify and address issues before they become litigated disputes. We provide training and consultation during pending litigation and/or during regular business activities, away from the pressure of a trial. We aim to minimize exposure by, for example, assisting clients in the drafting of contract terms and conditions, warning labels, and instructions; reviewing document retention policies; and evaluating insurance policies for gaps in coverage.
We have a track record of success with products liability issues in the following areas, among others:
- Consumer products (including Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls)
- Dietary supplements
- Food and beverage products
- Farm, construction, and industrial equipment
- Insurance policies
- Marine/personal watercraft
- Medical devices
- Over-the-counter preparations, including cosmetics
- Prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals
- Premises liability
- Toxic chemicals and substances