Legal Protection and Reasonable Treatment for
Corporations Throughout the Entire Product Life Cycle


PLAC member, Bic Corporation obtained a defense verdict in a shaver litigation filed in the 212th District Court in Texas (Galveston). Hartline Dacus represented BIC. Read the press release.

Congratulations to Bush Seyferth and Paige for securing a dismissal of a 120-count, nationwide economic-loss class action at pleading stage on behalf of Ford Motor. More information can be found on their website.

Congratulations to Mike Zogby and team from Drinker Biddle for their victory in Cashen v. Johnson & Johnson, 2018 WL 6809093 (N.J. Super. Law Div. Dec. 24, 2018). The NJ court found preemption in the breast implant case and dismissed all claims with prejudice. You can read about this case in Drug & Device Law.

Congratulations to PLAC member, James (Jim) Beck of Reed Smith on being named one of the top most-read authors in product liability for Law360 in 2018! Jim was cited for his article in their December 5th issue “Drug Design Defect Litigation Faces Its Demise

PLAC Thought Leadership Piece: “Not Science at all, But Litigation”: Excluding Results-Driven Expert Opinions”. PLAC member Michael Hogue from Nelson Mullins and his colleagues prepared this article for PLAC. Click here to read the article.

PLAC member, Bic Corporation prevailed in a lighter litigation filed in the Superior Court of Kern County, CA. Read the press release.

PLAC congratulates Andrea Pierson from Fagre Baker Daniels and Lori Cohen from Greenberg Traurig who were just awarded 2018 Law360 MVPs for their work in the Product Liability and Life Sciences Categories, respectively. You can read more about the awards on Law360

PLAC Member, Dale Markland from Markland Hanley in Dallas will be a keynote speaker at the 2019 Vehicle Electronics & Connected Services Conference in Sweden next April in Gottenberg Sweden. Conference information can be found here

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Our Mission

PLAC (formerly the Product Liability Advisory Council) is a 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.

Featured Amicus Brief

Plaintiffs allege that a complex prescription medical device —used for robotic prostate surgery —had "defective" warnings. During litigation in the State of Washington, plaintiff claimed that strict liability should have been charged. Both the trial court and the unanimous Court of Appeals rejected this argument. An appeal was filed where plaintiff's assertion of strict liability in a warning case involving a prescription medical product challenges decades of Washington precedent.  PLAC filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the defendant.

Featured Events

Spring Conference: PLAC's Spring Seminar will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana May 1-3. For more information and to register, click here.

PLAC is hosting an OEM/Supplier Legal Summit on February 28th in Detroit. The program is designed for in-house counsel. To register and see more information, click here.

Webinars: PLAC hosts a variety of webinars for members and friends of the association – to check out our event schedule, click here .
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