litigation

Product Liability and Mass Torts

Dechert’s lawyers are nationally recognized leaders for product liability and mass torts litigation


For decades, members of Dechert’s team have been lead counsel in many of the most complex, high-profile tort and consumer fraud matters, including in the following industries; pharmaceuticals, medical products and devices, asbestos, chemicals, smokeless tobacco, agriculture, foods, alcoholic beverages, computers, consumer products, and building materials.

Our practice group has handled mass tort matters that include: MDLs and state-court coordinated actions; enforcement actions by Attorneys General; environmental and toxic torts; RICO claims; state consumer-fraud and deceptive-practice claims; claims for medical monitoring; claims based on market share liability and novel theories of causation; and high-stakes cases where plaintiffs seek punitive damages. We also advise clients on warning and recall issues, responsible document creation, and retention programs, public relations and communication strategies, and other methods for mitigating current and future litigation risks.

Dechert has successfully litigated large-scale, high-profile cases at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts. A long history of experience has given us a deep understanding of the court systems in numerous U.S. states. On the federal level, we’ve successfully litigated cases before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as federal and state appeals courts nationwide.

Strategy and planning

Dechert’s comprehensive strategic analyses enable clients to make the tactical decisions that can positively resolve their toughest litigation. Our representation includes a full, timely assessment of the costs, benefits and risks of possible strategies, and we make sure to coordinate clients’ product liability issues with their regulatory, securities and public relations requirements.

Focus on efficiency

We’ve developed an administrative infrastructure that handles several key functions: centralizing client and local-counsel inquiries; overseeing document-intensive litigation; and streamlining daily operations in order to contain client costs and minimize business disruptions.

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