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Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices (Second Edition)

Author(s): George D. Sax, Stephanie A. Scharf, Sarah R. Marmor
Practice Area: Litigation, Product liability litigation
Date: Mar 2021 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402436604
PLI Item #: 289890

This two volume treatise provides comprehensive legal, technical, and strategic knowledge that can help maximize an attorney’s ability to prevail in consumer product liability cases. It covers trends in product claims and defenses, strategies for managing and resolving product litigation, and particular issues and tactics that can arise in different types of product cases. Chapters are written by lawyers who represent both plaintiff and defense perspectives.

The new edition is substantially revised and reorganized. In addition to fully updating chapters from the first edition on traditional areas of product liability litigation, the authors have added new content on cutting-edge product claims arising from the use of autonomous vehicles, vaping devices, cannabis products, blockchain technology and smart technology. There is also a new chapter on suing foreign defendants in the United States.

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Stephanie A. Scharf represents corporate clients and government entities in litigation and  arbitration in a wide range of commercial disputes, class action defense, product liability and mass tort defense, insurance coverage for corporate policyholders, and employment litigation. In three decades of representing clients in federal and state  courts, Stephanie has tried civil and criminal jury and bench trials, has managed the pre-trial, trial and appellate phases of litigation, and has overseen the resolution of multiple commercial disputes and complex tort actions. Stephanie frequently counsels companies on ways to avoid litigation and mitigate risks at the product or enterprise level.

Stephanie’s recent engagements include litigation over the scope of a multi-billion dollar facilities use contract; class action defense of distance learning programs; defense of fraud claims involving financial investments; insurance disputes for large corporate policyholders; pharmaceutical product liability defense; contract disputes involving global and small businesses; and the defense of non-competition, trademark and copyright litigation. At trial, she is adept at presenting technical issues to judges and juries, bringing to bear her advanced training in statistical analysis and scientific research. Whether as trial counsel, national coordinating counsel, regional counsel, or as a member of a "virtual firm" created to address specific client problems, Stephanie focuses on framing effective legal strategies and achieving results that serve her client's business goals.

George D. Sax concentrates his practice in civil litigation. George has represented numerous individual and business clients in a variety of matters, including employment litigation and counseling, breach of contract, class actions, commercial litigation, Chapter 11 restructuring, consumer fraud, insurance coverage, medical negligence, multi district litigation, personal injury defense, product liability (both on behalf of defendants or contribution plaintiffs), trade secrets and restrictive covenants litigation, toxic tort defense, intellectual property and technology. 

In addition, George has considerable experience in government practice litigation.  He has served more than two dozen times as a Special Assistant State's Attorney for Cook County as lead counsel for the Cook County Sheriff's Office and its officers in a variety of civil litigation matters.  George has also been engaged by the City of Chicago in connection with various civil litigation matters, and has represented a former cabinet member of a foreign government in connection with high-profile tort litigation against other former members of that government.

Sarah R. Marmor concentrates her practice on employment law, complex business litigation, and product liability. Ms. Marmor has tried complex cases throughout the United States, in state courts in Illinois, Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas and in federal courts in Illinois, Michigan, California and New York.

Ms. Marmor's employment law practice comprises counseling and litigation in all aspects of this discipline, including discrimination claims, wage and hour issues, employment contracts, non-compete matters and pay equity. Ms. Marmor defends clients in state and federal claims, and has tried employment contract, discrimination, and ERISA suits to successful verdicts in both state and federal courts. She also frequently conducts confidential internal investigations for employers. In recent years, she has developed significant expertise in social media law as it applies to employment, and she frequently lectures on this subject.

Ms. Marmor has represented clients in a variety of complex commercial disputes, including breach of contract claims, insurance coverage for corporate policyholders, bond litigation, veil piercing and alter ego claims, theft of confidential and intellectual property allegations and non-compete suits. She also has significant experience in consumer fraud litigation, with cases in Madison County, Illinois; Chicago, Illinois; and San Diego, California.

Ms. Marmor has defended clients in product liability claims involving breast implant, tobacco, asbestos, household products and appliances. She also has represented clients in toxic tort claims involving chemicals and "toxic" mold. Through this sophisticated products liability practice, Ms. Marmor has gained significant experience in developing scientific defenses to personal injury and property damage claims - particularly in the disciplines of toxicology and epidemiology.

Ms. Marmor received a B.A. in comparative literature, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1987. She graduated, magna cum laude, in 1993 from Northwestern University School of Law, where she served as a Comment Editor of the Journal of International Law and Business and received the Order of the Coif.