This week PLAC submitted an amicus brief in the Florida Supreme Court addressing the issue as to whether Florida should join the federal courts and majority of states in their interpretation of the summary judgment rule. Under Florida’s current rule, summary judgment is nearly impossible to obtain because the movant must prove a negative – that there is no evidence to support a verdict. This issue has gained a lot of attention resulting multiple amicus briefs. Law 360 reported on PLAC’S briefing today. 

To view PLAC’s brief, click here.

Congratulations to sustaining member Paul Cereghini of Bowman and Brooke for his recent win in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of PLAC member American Honda Motor Company, Inc. After a four-week trial and nearly a week of deliberations, a civil jury in downtown Los Angeles returned a complete defense verdict in a $160 million all-terrain vehicle product liability case. To read the full press release, click here.

PLAC Member Stephanie Scharf of Scharf, Banks Marmor is co-author of the American Bar Association and American Lawyers Media survey entitled, “Walking Out the Door: The Fact, Figures, and Future of Experienced Women Lawyers in Private Practice.” This study addresses why senior women are far more likely than men to leave the practice of law. Click here to download the results.

Congratulations to PLAC Future Leader Kaitlyn Stone of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP who received the 2019 New Attorney Pro Bono Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association at last week’s Pro Bono Awards Reception.

Congratulations to PLAC member Stephanie Scharf, Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, led the successful adoption of Resolution 106 at the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Congratulations to PLAC member Steve Quattlebaum of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC for achieving a defense verdict in favor of PLAC member Johnson & Johnson in a talcum powder asbestos exposure case in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles. Mr. Quattlebaum was named a LAW360 Legal Lion for this win.

PLAC member Michael Preciado‘s recent blog, A Defense For E-Cig Makers Against Vape Lung Illness Claims, was highlighted in Law360 today - to read the full article click here.

Congratulations to PLAC Sustaining member Jeffrey A. Cohen of Carlton Fields who was named chair of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases. Read more here.


Fall Conference

PLAC's Fall Conference will be held September 30 - October 1 at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia, PA.

Past Webinars / Recordings (Registration Required to View)

All’s Not So Quite On the Northern Front: An Update on Product Regulation and Recalls in Canada

Product Safety, Regulation and Compliance in the EU – An Update on the Changes on the Horizon and Practical Impacts for Companies

All Worlds are Not the Same: A Comparison of the Legal Procedural Issues in Korea, Japan and Australia Affecting Product Liability Claims

Cataclysmic Change or Business as Usual: Product Regulation in the Trump Administration  

A Chat with CPSC Commission Ann Marie Buerkle

Cybersecurity Incident Report: Applying Reason And Rigor To Control Chaos

Risk and Rewards of AI

Twitter, Teens, & Training: Ensuring Consumer Safety in the Age of Disinformation

If you would like to view the webinars, please click here.