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Welcome New Members


Tiffany Alexander
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP‐

Kristen L. Richer
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Jacob W. Crawford
Thompson Hine LLP

Robin Reinertson
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Michael A. McCaskey
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP

Chelsea R. Stanley
Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Ryan W. Vollans
Williams Kastner

Blake N. Shelby
Frost Brown Todd LLC

Matthew C. Murphy
Nilan Johnson Lewis PA

Allison Ng
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Alexander B. Giraldo

Michael A. Muha
Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.

James P. Emanuel, Jr.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Michael J. Fitzpatrick
Day Pittney LLP

Justin B. Weiner
Bush Seyferth PLLC

Argia J. DiMarco
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Jeffrey S. Patterson
Bowman and Brooke

Randy J. Soriano
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Robert M. Gilmartin, Jr.
Tanenbaum Keale LLP

Joshua D. Cools
Evans Fears & Schuttert

Andrew F. Gann Jr.
McGuireWoods LLP

Elizabeth J. Slama
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Jerry Alcazar
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Phil Goldberg
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Click here to see the full list of new members

Members in the News

Jim Yukevich and Yukevich Cavanaugh Donation Helps Generate 1.1 Million Meals

Long-time supporters of the LA Regional Food Bank, Jim Yukevich, his law firm, Yukevich Cavanaugh, members of the LA legal community, and other people in his circle have again demonstrated their incredible generosity with a financial contribution large enough to create the equivalent of 1.1 million meals for people who face food insecurity in Los Angeles County.

Deirdre McGlinchey Honored in 2022 Irish Legal 100

 NEW ORLEANS (December 7, 2022) — McGlinchey Stafford is proud to announce that Deirdre McGlinchey has been named to the 2022 Irish Legal 100. The award reception took place in Washington, DC at the home of the Irish Ambassador to the United States on October 19.

PLAC’s 2022 Annual Report

We are pleased to present PLAC’s 2022 Annual Report. This report details our highly respected amicus program and – for the first time – includes descriptions of all PLAC’s expanded programming during the last year. PLAC members enjoyed many new opportunities for engagement, participation, and professional development in 2022 and this report shares some of those highlights.
Looking ahead, PLAC is continuing to build our programming and expand our member value in 2023. In just the first quarter of this year, the Case Selection Committee filed nine amicus briefs, including one to the U.S. Supreme Court and five to the U.S. Courts of Appeal. The HLTh Group hosted two Corporate Roundtables and the MDL Task Force submitted its second Comment to the Federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and its MDL Subcommittee. The Women’s Forum sponsored a professional development webinar and a well-attended regional event in conjunction with The Portia Project©, hosted at Hyundai Motor America’s headquarters in in Orange County, CA. The Future Leaders Program welcomed 18 new members and kicked off a year of programs and opportunities that will include an in-person forum – held in conjunction with our June Board of Directors meeting – and a mock Rule 702 hearing presided over by a former PLAC member, the Hon. J. Philip Calabrese of the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. In addition to our in-person meetings and events, we also continue to offer regular webinars on a variety of topics.
As PLAC enters its 40th year we are proud to look back and see how far we’ve come. Of course, none of this work could be achieved without the support of our members. We look forward to continuing to serve you in the coming years.

Amicus Curiae Final Report: Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co. (Supreme Court of the United States)

Whether the due process clause of the 14th Amendment prohibits a state from requiring a corporation to consent to general jurisdiction to do business in the state.

This brief was authored by Phil Goldberg of Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Read the brief. Read the decision.

Amicus Curiae Final Report: Merck & Co. v. ACE American Insurance Company (Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division)

 May 1, 2023: Merck suffered a ransomware attack in June 2017, when malware was delivered to accounting software widely used by companies doing business in Ukraine.  The U.S. government attributed the attack to a Russian military intelligence operation against Ukraine.  Merck sought coverage under its “all risks” property insurance policies, but the insurers denied coverage $1.4 billion in losses citing their policies’ “hostile/warlike action” exclusion.

This brief was authored by Sherilyn Pastor of McCarter & English

Amicus Curiae Final Report: In re Valsartan Losartan and Irbesartan Products Liability Litigation (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit)

May 1, 2023: This is an MDL proceeding involving drugs containing valsartan, an anti-hypertensive. In certifying three classes, the district court repeatedly relied on this matter’s status as an MDL proceeding as a justification for class certification.  The defendants requested leave to appeal the class certification order under Rule 23(f).

PLAC’s brief was authored by Tom Dupree of Gibson Dunn

Amicus Curiae Final Report: Glover v. Bausch & Lomb, Inc. (Supreme Court of the State of Connecticut)

On October 15, 2021, PLAC filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the State of Connecticut on behalf of Defendant-Appellees Bausch & Lomb, Inc., Bausch Health Companies Inc. (f/k/a Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.), Bausch Health US, LLC (f/k/a Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC), and Bausch Health Americas, Inc. (f/k/a Valeant Pharmaceuticals International)

This brief was authored by John Cerreta, James Rotondo & Matthew Letten of Day Pitney LLP

Read the brief.

Amicus Curiae Final Report: General Motors, LLC v. Buchanan (Supreme Court of Georgia)

PLAC filed an amicus curiae brief on Nov. 22, 2021 in support of General Motors in this case. The brief was written by Phil Goldberg and Anna Pieschel of Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP. The Court issued its ruling on June 1, 2022.

Announcement of Decision: Mahan Taleshpour, et al. v. Apple, Inc. (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals)

On January 12, 2022, PLAC filed an amicus brief on behalf of Apple, Inc briefing the question of whether a plaintiff alleging consumer fraud based on failure to disclose a known defect must allege that the defect creates an unreasonable safety risk.

PLAC’s brief was authored by John M. Thomas of Dykema Gossett PLLC.

FDA's CDRH Previews 21 Planned Guidance Documents for 2024

Agency seeks comment on plans to address AI, cybersecurity, emergency use authorizations, real-world evidence, sex- and gender-specific data, and more.

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A Women's History Month podcast panel, presented by PLAC’s Women's Forum. This podcast was recorded live on March 22, 2023, hosted by PLAC member M.C. Sungaila and featuring Orange County Superior Court Presiding Judge Maria Hernandez, Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley, Jennifer Keller of Keller Anderle, General Counsel of Origence Erin Wilson, and Trellis Legal Research co-founder Nicole Clark. Listen now.

PLAC MDL Task Force Comment Letter to MDL Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules

As an organization representing many target defendants in mass tort MDLs, including some of the largest MDLs on the federal docket, the Product Liability Advisory Council is uniquely positioned to serve as a voice for the defense bar to improve defense messaging, align on strategy, and enhance opportunities to affect MDL processes in a meaningful way. PLAC’s Healthcare and Lifesciences Technology Group assembled a task force of outside and in-house counsel with deep experience in MDL litigation to evaluate some of the issues and challenges facing defendants and to develop strategies for effective, consistent approaches to these cases.

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We Said It Before; We’ll Say It Again – Drug/Device Companies Should Join PLAC

We return to a theme we’ve repeated twice before, in 2011 and in 2014 – that in addition to industry-specific groups, manufacturers of prescription medical products should definitely consider joining the Product Liability Advisory Council (“PLAC”). We continue to believe that PLAC membership helps pharmaceutical and medical device defendants litigate stronger (through inter-industry cooperation on shared issues of concern), smarter (through cutting edge CLE and webinars), and more efficiently (utilizing PLAC’s online knowledge base and other resources).

Jim Beck, Esq.
Reed Smith LLP

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Amicus Program

PLAC's mission is to obtain fairness and balance in the common law of product liability. A primary tool to accomplish this mission is PLAC's Amicus Curiae Program, often called “The heart and soul of PLAC.”

PLAC has filed more than 1,200 amicus briefs, written by some of the nation’s top appellate practitioners. Our briefs have been accepted in virtually every state and federal court in the U.S. They are routinely acknowledged, quoted, and praised by courts in published opinions.

PLAC’s amicus briefs help shape the law for all manufacturers on important issues.

Click here to learn more about PLAC’s Amicus Program or to submit a request for amicus support.

PLAC 2021 Amicus Year in Review

Our Mission

PLAC is a specialty bar association focusing on complex litigation and regulatory issues in the area of product development and product liability. Our not-for-profit association of product manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and select regulatory, litigation and appellate professionals who work to shape the common law of product liability and complex regulation, provide guidance on changing regulations, and strategically help corporations manage risk throughout the entire product lifecycle. PLAC is a unique resource for companies who must defend their products’ integrity and their companies’ reputation.

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