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Product Risk Management

Miles & Stockbridge’s product risk management lawyers work closely with product manufacturers, component part suppliers, and sellers to fully understand the nature of clients’ risks before potential problems arise. We are there every step of the way in assisting clients with developing, implementing, and operating a customized risk management plan that best addresses the client’s needs and the risks clients face. By taking this proactive approach, clients minimize the likelihood of a problem occurring, but are ready in the event that a problem does occur. Our lawyers find that this approach brings value to their clients, as the initial investment in the processes and procedures to ensure product quality, safety, and compliance in advance lessens the risk of costly litigation and product recalls in the future.

Our lawyers draw upon a broad range of experience, bringing together the knowledge of former in-house counsel with litigators who have years of experience in the product regulatory and liability litigation areas. This allows us to effectively act as counselors, advisors, and advocates in the regulatory and litigation process.

Counselors

In their role as counselors, our lawyers routinely work with the senior management of major manufacturers to develop tailored risk management plans. This process includes working closely with the company to ensure the safety and compliance of the manufacturer’s products at all stages of the supply chain and distribution network, from before the product is designed to the sale to the ultimate end user. We advise on the various material and product-related laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which the products are sold, participate in risk assessment during the design process and testing of the product during the manufacturing process as well as in the field, and help determine appropriate changes along the way. We also provide advice and recommendations regarding supplier management, and production and distribution issues, as well as appropriate insurance coverage acquisition and policy renewals.

Advisors

In the event the need arises, our lawyers have the experience to effectively protect their clients’ interests in the regulatory arena. We routinely appear before the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and other various state and federal agencies in product-related matters. We also work with our clients to ensure all regulatory reporting and notice requirements are met, negotiate with the agencies over the scope and makeup of any corrective action, and assist our clients with every aspect of a product recall or corrective action, if one is required. Our lawyers have overseen and been intimately involved in dozens of product recalls in both the United States and worldwide.

Advocates

Our experienced litigators defend our clients in a variety of matters -- from single plaintiff personal injury cases to class actions and complex mass tort claims. Through the use of aggressive, innovative, and effective litigation strategies, this group has won defense verdicts and summary judgment dismissals, as well as negotiated favorable settlements, in the most complex and emotionally charged cases imaginable.