Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation
PRODUCTS: CLASS ACTION, TRADE & INDUSTRY REPRESENTATION
From aviation to pharmaceuticals and class actions to health effects, companies that make products come to Nixon Peabody to avoid disputes or resolve them quickly in order to get back to business. They need more than just a product “liability” lawyer—clients need lawyers who add value by covering all legal aspects of their industry. Nixon Peabody is well-known for high-stakes products and complex tort litigation.
When accidents happen, Nixon Peabody’s Products attorneys can respond immediately to investigations by governmental agencies, such as the National Transportation Safety Board, the Chemical Safety Board, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These investigations can result in findings of violations of statutes and rules that can lead to civil and other penalties. Nixon Peabody’s “Crisis Response team,” led by experienced Products attorneys and complemented by colleagues from the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Defense and Labor and Employment practices, respond to, lead, and assist in these investigations. The team offers real experience leading investigations and protecting the rights of clients, including those in the transportation (e.g., aircraft, rail, and ground) and petro-chemical industries, employers with more than 10 onsite employees, and product manufacturers.
Lawyers in the group also frequently counsel clients in claims prevention. We make it part of our practice to understand each clients’ business and industry, and we partner with clients to review compliance with industry and government standards. This helps us identify ways to reduce lawsuits and improve a company’s ability to defend future lawsuits through improvements in product testing, warnings, and recordkeeping.
Experienced litigation approach
Our Products trial lawyers know how to talk to juries and have the experience to jump in and handle a client’s case at a moment’s notice, regardless of the underlying subject matter. We have successfully tried high-exposure cases to verdicts across the country and in some of the most difficult venues. This experience is at the heart of the simple yet compelling concept behind NP Trial® and NP Second Opinion. The NP Trial team provides early input on case strategy and contributes to the client’s case through all aspects of the case until the matter is resolved. This not only keeps clients protected in and out of the courtroom, it also offers the most efficient and effective means possible to reach a successful outcome so they can get back to business. If a client desires a second opinion on a matter where Nixon Peabody is not serving as trial counsel, the team is poised to provide that opinion as well.
Litigation is expensive and unpredictable, and we work closely with clients to limit their exposure, bringing a cost-effective approach to every case. We staff major cases efficiently, using appropriately sized teams that offer clients decades of industry-specific knowledge and years of trial experience. These teams are supported with state-of-the-art case management tools to share information quickly among team members and clients, including “extranets” that allow 24-hour communication.
Early case evaluation, using both formal and informal discovery, permits an educated assessment of litigation risks at the outset. Our attorneys are creative problem-solvers who work hard to identify ways to bring lawsuits to prompt, cost-effective conclusions, whether through early settlement, alternative dispute resolution, or motion practice.
- Lippman Names Commercial Division Advisors
Daily Record | March 27, 2013
Rochester Products partner David Tennant is highlighted among those named to New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman’s Commercial Division Advisory Council, which will advise on all matters involving and surrounding the Commercial Division of the state Supreme Court.
- CPSC Risks Alienating Industry with Litigation Strategy
Law360 | March 22, 2013
Long Island Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation partner Jim Weller discusses the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s increased use of administrative complaints.
- Q&A With Nixon Peabody's David Tennant
Corporate Counsel | March 13, 2013
This Q&A is conducted with Rochester partner and leader of the firm’s appellate practice David Tennant.