Life Sciences – Product Liability Litigation

As recent, high-profile cases have shown, even companies with solid reputations can face significant negative publicity and financial losses as a result of pharmaceutical drug and medical device litigation. When facing these circumstances, our clients rely on our litigators who are not only capable of mounting an aggressive, effective, and timely defense in court, but who are also mindful of the need to efficiently manage costs.

We have been handling high-stakes pharmaceutical and medical device litigation for over 30 years. We have defended major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in claims related to individual surgical devices, orthopedic implants, cosmetic devices, and prescription drugs. While we litigate individual cases, our greatest distinction is our expertise in managing multiple cases involving the same product or arising out of the same event. We have served as national or regional trial counsel for global pharmaceutical companies in claims involving anti-coagulants, antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, gynecological products, and cosmetics. Our clients are among the largest and most well-known pharmaceutical and medical device companies in the world, including Johnson & Johnson and its numerous subsidiaries, as well as Sanofi Aventis.

Our effective defense strategies involve gaining an in-depth understanding of our clients’ products, processes, and markets, as well as exceptional knowledge of the science and technologies that underlie these systems. Based on our strong results, service and substantive knowledge, we have been ranked a Tier 1 firm in the United States for Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions Defense and a Tier 1 firm in Atlanta for Product Liability Litigation by U.S. News & World Report – Best Law Firms. Due to our attorneys’ collective years of experience, the sophistication of our clients and the complexity of our matters, we are established leaders in the product liability bar. Several of our product liability attorneys are active and hold leadership positions in professional and defense organizations including the American College of Trial Lawyers, Defense Research Institute (DRI), and the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).

  • Represented Johnson & Johnson in many pharmaceutical and medical device litigations, often serving as national or regional trial counsel for industry-leading products. For example, we represented Ethicon, a subsidiary of J&J and one of four primary manufacturers of pelvic mesh products facing litigation nationwide, in its first trial in the U.S. with over 10,000 cases pending across the country.
  • Represented Sanofi-Aventis in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation for more than 15 years, often serving as national counsel for industry-leading products. In recent years, we have served as national counsel for Sanofi’s Sculptra litigation and defended lawsuits filed in various jurisdictions.
  • Served as lead counsel for Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in defending a claim involving a cosmetic injectable device, Sculptra. We obtained a very successful nuisance value resolution of the case following dispositive motion filings based on federal preemption and deficiencies in the plaintiff’s attempts at stating viable “parallel” claims.