• Advising a number of large multinational firms, including a Japanese software and hardware manufacturer and a US-based speciality chemicals manufacturer, on the requirements on the EU REACH Regulations and providing detailed compliance strategies. This legislation, which provides for the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals, affects not only the chemicals sector but also most other significant manufacturing operations.
  • Representing a major consumer electronics manufacturer in a US nationwide class action in which the plaintiffs alleged common law claims for fraudulent concealment and breach of express warranty, as well as violations of California’s unfair competition law. Before any discovery was conducted, the court granted DLA Piper’s motion to dismiss and motion to strike class allegations.
  • Advising a manufacturer of lighting equipment exported to more than 20 jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and beyond, of its product safety, regulatory notification and recall obligations. We represented our client with the public authorities which initiated the proceedings and used the EU RAPEX System. Our timely advice ensured that the manufacturer’s all-important reputation remained intact.
  • Representing a steel manufacturer on in construction claims and construction product defect cases. Recent matters involve construction claims for payment on major stadiums and arena projects, roof collapses due to snow and other overload conditions and construction injury cases including wrongful death and other serious personal injury claims.
  • Working with regulatory authorities and representing and advising a client in relation to the recall of domestic and trade central heating boilers throughout the UK, Italy and Greece. Faulty flues in the boilers could have given rise to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Advised on the pan-European (20 countries) recall of Peugeot windscreens for a tier 2 manufacturer.
  • Worldwide product recall of overheating fax machines and photocopiers giving rise to a fire risk.
  • Defending a Hong Kong company in a claim for supplying defective toys which breached EU safety legislation.
  • Advising underwriters on coverage and recovery issues under product recall policy in connection with the shipment of defective refrigeration units from mainland China to the UK.
  • Acting as co-national counsel for a leading global pharmaceutical companies in the US in the defense of more than 3,000 claims alleging neuropsychiatric and other injuries from the smoking cessation aid.
  • Represented one of the world’s leading oil companies in gasoline leak toxic tort claims resulting in collective jury verdicts of $1.65 billion, which were reversed on appeal by the Maryland Court of Appeals. 
  • Acting as national counsel in the US for a global medical device company in approximately 175 individual lawsuits arising from injuries and damages allegedly caused by the use of the Company’s “cold therapy” medical devices (used in the post-surgical setting to deliver therapeutic cold to an injured area). 
  • Acting as national counsel in the US for a global pharmaceutical and supplement company in concurrent putative nationwide class actions arising from challenges to advertising, allegedly in violation of consumer protection statutes. 
  • Serving as regional and strategic counsel for a Japan based automobile manufacturer in the US with respect to personal injury lawsuits alleging unwanted acceleration in two of the company’s automobile lines. 
  • Representing a US home builder, in several individual claims alleging home defects, including breach of warranty, and consumer misrepresentation and fraud in its sales and marketing practices. 
  • Serving as national counsel for a major US motorcycle manufacturer and several automobile and tire manufacturers.