Product Safety & Liability

Latham & Watkins regularly handles high-stakes product liability matters for corporate clients, helping to prevent problems from arising and finding practical solutions when they do.

Latham provides counseling on product liability issues in connection with domestic and cross-border transactions, advises on product development considerations and defends client interests in product liability lawsuits throughout the world.

The firm's lawyers have been selected by corporations, both in the United States and around the world, to serve as national counsel and trial counsel, defending their interests in the most significant product liability litigations in the United States in recent years, including tobacco product liability actions and the breast implant litigation. As one of the leading product safety practices in the world, its lawyers have assisted clients in designing and implementing product recalls on a national and worldwide basis, and have a great deal of experience representing clients before the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Food and Drug Administration, as well as regulators in the European Union and in Asia.

Latham has particular expertise in defending those complex product liability cases that customarily involve claims for substantial damages, and often threaten the commercial viability of an entire product line or product design. Often, these representations involve the coordination of hundreds of individual cases across numerous jurisdictions, as well as the defense of action claims. The firm's success in the product liability area comes from the ability of its lawyers to meet clients' combined needs for highly experienced trial lawyers, and the resources to handle a volume of complex cases brought in courts throughout the world.

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