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

Author(s): George D. Sax, Sarah R. Marmor, Stephanie A. Scharf
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 is founding partner of Scharf Banks Marmor, LLC, a prominent women-owned law firm that represents local, national and global businesses.  Specializing in complex litigation and appeals, Stephanie and the firm have been profiled for the "unique quality of their work" and for "Work at a Very High Level."  A frequent author and CLE speaker, most recently Stephanie has been Lead Editor of the PLI treatise, Product Liability: Current Law, Strategy and Best Practices. She has been named a Leading Lawyer, Best Lawyer, Super Lawyer, one of the "500 Leading Litigators in America," and is Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated.

In addition to her law practice, Stephanie is a Founding Principal of The Red Bee Group, LLC,, a consulting firm that helps businesses, organizations and law firms achieve their goals for growth and innovation using data-based strategies with diverse and inclusive solutions.

Stephanie received a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. She frequently combines her skills in data analytics to create cutting edge research on issues of diversity and inclusion.   Stephanie founded and conducted the NAWL Annual Survey of Women in Law Firms (2006-2014); and the first national survey of women's initiatives in law firms, The Strategy, Structure and Scope of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms (2012).  With co-author Roberta Liebenberg, Stephanie conducted the seminal survey of women as lead counsel in litigation, First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table (2015);  and a national survey of experienced women lawyers, Walking Out the Door: The Facts, Figures and Future of Experienced Women in Private Practice (2019).   Most recently,  Stephanie and Roberta designed, analyzed and reported on the largest survey of the legal profession ever conducted by the American Bar Association, which includes data-based best practices for firms, organizations and individual lawyers to achieve long-term success. Practicing Law in the Pandemic and Moving Forward: Results and Best Practices from a Nationwide Survey of the Legal Profession (forthcoming March 2021).

Stephanie was 2017-2020 Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession; is a member of the Advisory Board of DirectWomen; is a former President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (2004- 2005); and was Special Advisor to the  American Bar Association's Presidential Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. 

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.