Dechert Product Liability Team Honored as Litigation Department of the Year

June 21, 2019

Dechert’s Product Liability and Mass Tort group has been named as “Litigation Department of the Year for Product Liability” by the New York Law Journal. Each year, the publication honors attorneys and judges who have made “a remarkable difference in the legal profession in New York” — whether in shaping the law, achieving outsized results for their clients, being an outstanding jurist or assisting those in need of legal services.

Dechert is leading in a number of complex, high-profile tort and consumer fraud matters in the pharmaceutical, environmental and medical products sectors. Bolstered by the addition of a 29-member strategic lateral acquisition during the year, the firm occupies a central role in opioid litigation, environmental toxic torts, and in claims involving the use of talc products — the three highest-profile fields in the product liability space.

Dechert lawyers are currently responsible for devising and implementing a national defense strategy for Purdue Pharma in the prescription opioid litigation. The firm has scored a number of significant wins for Pfizer, obtaining a sweeping Fourth Circuit affirmance of the dismissal by a South Carolina federal court of more than 3,000 claims in the Lipitor MDL and securing affirmance in the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals of an earlier summary judgment for Pfizer in the Zoloft litigation.

Dechert also serves as State Farm Fire & Casualty Co.’s national counsel in many litigations, including class actions, around the country.

In January, the team was also honored when it was named “Product Liability Group of the Year” by Law360.

Winners in the New York Law Journal’s New York Legal Awards will be recognized at a ceremony at Tribeca 360, New York on October 23. 

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