Broadcast Date: Thursday, July 07, 2022
from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)


The emergence of new technologies continues to restructure the current product manufacturing and design practices, bringing unique developments in the product liability litigation landscape. Additionally, new regulations and enforcement actions in environmental law, particularly perfluoroalkyl substances, have the potential to impact multiple areas of legal practice including toxic tort litigation and corporate compliance. Further, the hurdles prompted by the different parties involved during the lawsuit, starting from local suppliers to retailers, further complicate the legal space.

These developments, along with all emerging regulatory updates, underscore the need to stay abreast with the recent changes in this area of law to avoid risks of litigation.

In this LIVE Webcast, a panel of key thought leaders organized by The Knowledge Group will discuss the significant issues surrounding product liability litigation. The speakers will share insights on how to navigate the challenges brought by recent cases and regulations. They will also offer practical defense strategies to mitigate liability claims.

Key Issues:

  • Recent Developments in Product Liability Laws
  • Regulatory Implications
  • Emerging Challenges in Product Liability Litigation
  • Recent Court Decisions
  • Best Defense Strategies
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level: 



Advance Preparation: 

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation: 

On-Demand Webcast



General knowledge of Consumer Laws


Course Code: 



NY Category of CLE Credit: 

Area of Professional Practice


Total Credits: 

1.5 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Melissa Malloy, Partner
Pierce Davis & Perritano LLP

Melissa M. Malloy focuses her practice on the defense of toxic tort actions. For the past twelve years, as a member of a National Coordinating Counsel team, she has assisted in the nationwide defense of an equipment manufacturer in the asbestos litigation. Her work includes the investigation of key facts, the development of expert strategy, the preparation of dispositive motions, and trial preparation and appellate support for federal and state cases filed in jurisdictions across the United States.

Ms. Malloy previously served as an appellate law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands for three years.  She is currently a member of the Defense Research Institute. She is admitted to the state bars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bruce E. Newman , Partner
Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP

Attorney Bruce Newman has been practicing law for over 30 years and concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, employment litigation, medical malpractice, product liability, and class actions where he has served as lead counsel, plaintiff’s class counsel and liaison counsel. He is a Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is composed of a select group of lawyers who have achieved million-dollar verdicts and settlements in personal injury, product liability and wrongful death cases. In addition to Connecticut, he has successfully tried cases in New York and California. Based on his accomplishments, Bruce Newman was selected by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Lawyer for the years 2013 through 2021. In addition to representing consumers, he has advised manufacturers and large companies with respect to a variety of litigation.

Marina Schwarz, Counsel
Dechert LLP

Based in Dechert’s New York office, Marina Schwarz focuses her practice on complex litigation, particularly product liability, mass torts and life sciences matters. She is adept at developing and implementing defense strategies in federal and state courts and has represented clients in a range of capacities. Ms. Schwarz represents clients in mediation, at trial and on appeal. Her clients include pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, and environmental companies.


Segment 1:

Melissa MalloyPartner

Pierce Davis & Perritano LLP

  • Changes in environmental regulation of perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, and their impact on toxic tort litigation and corporate compliance.
  • State and federal commitments to regulate PFAS, including EPA’s “PFAS Strategic Roadmap” and interim drinking water health advisory levels.
  • PFAS litigation trends – where they’ve been, where they are now, and where they are headed.
  • Practical strategies to manage litigation and compliance risks.


Segment 2:

Bruce E. Newman Partner

Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP

  • Current status of black box warnings and federal preemption following Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Albrecht, 139 S.Ct. 1668 (2019) in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation
  • Causation in product liability cases and current law and jury instructions concerning intervening causation issues
  • Defenses regarding feasible alternative designs in consumer product liability cases


Segment 3:

Marina SchwarzCounsel

Dechert LLP

  •  An example of an ever-evolving area of regulation and enforcement is environmental law, where critical changes in environmental regulation are impacting multiple areas of legal practice including toxic tort litigation and corporate compliance.
    • Increased public and regulatory attention to PFAS, as reflected by the Biden Administration’s commitment to regulate and study these chemical substances and the EPA’s recently announced “PFAS Strategic Roadmap” detailing steps that the EPA plans to take to address PFAS contamination
  • In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it new regulatory developments, including the PREP Act, which has impacted the potential for medical device and drug litigation.
  • Strategies to effectively manage litigation and compliance risks include key areas such as knowledge of current and historical company processes, supply chain issues, information sharing and management, and document retention.

Date & Time:

Thursday, July 07, 2022

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Product Liability Lawyers
  • Product Managers
  • Product Safety Managers/Specialists
  • In-house Counsel
  • General Counsel
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Melissa MalloyPartner
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Bruce E. Newman Partner
Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP
Marina SchwarzCounsel
Dechert LLP



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