July 25, 2017

US - Product liability: Emerging risks pose challenges for insurers and defendants

In 2016, over 40,000 product liability cases were commenced in US district courts alone. Product liability exposure is garnering a growing amount of attention from defendant companies and their insurers for a plethora of reasons.

Many product liability plaintiff lawyers are entrepreneurs. They are accomplished lawyers and business people. Just as other entrepreneurs tend to invest in multiple opportunities, in the hope that one will become a unicorn, that is happening in product liability litigation today...

Among these are emerging risks arising from new technologies, novel approaches to litigation by plaintiffs and intriguing strategies from the defense.  Topics covered include:

  • Bigger cases, increased MDL and jurisdiction selection
  • Knowledge sharing  and the use of sanctions among plaintiffs
  • Drones, virtual reality, 3D printing and autonomous vehicles
  • Federal pre-emption, challenging experts and witness preparation