Broadcast Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020
from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (ET)


In recent years, product liability issues have continuously expanded in terms of complexity, range, and number. Companies must ensure that the crucial areas of litigation and liability risks are covered efficiently. They should consider negotiating with other regulatory agencies apart from their primary regulator. The current trends in treble damages claims and the increasing preference of multidistrict litigation (MDL) courts for early settlements should also be given significant attention.

Complex aspects of product liability litigation can be overwhelming to product manufacturers and sellers. However, these can still be managed by securing up-to-date knowledge and implementing effective strategies.

Join litigators Timothy L. Krippner (Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.) and Jonathan S. Tam (Dechert LLP) as they discuss the recent trends and developments relating to product liability litigation. As experts, they will also offer the best practical tips and strategies on how companies can manage crucial litigation fronts.

Key topics include:

  • Product Liability Litigation: Statistics
  • Risks and Issues
  • Managing Every Litigation Front
  • Litigation Tips and Strategies
  • Outlook


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of product safety and standards


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credits:

1.5 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Timothy L. Krippner, Shareholder
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.

Timothy L. Krippner represents dozens of manufacturers in product liability and toxic tort matters throughout the United States. His current responsibilities include retention as trial, local, regional and national coordinating counsel. Mr. Krippner also has considerable experience defending general product liability, professional liability, medical malpractice and construction matters. At Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Mr. Krippner served on the firm’s Executive, Marketing and Budget Committees during a period of growth from one local office, to offices in Chicago, Austin, Detroit, Jersey City, New York, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.

Jonathan S. Tam, Counsel
Dechert LLP

Jonathan S. Tam advises clients in mass tort and product liability litigation with an emphasis on the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries in cases filed by individual plaintiffs, State Attorneys Generals, municipalities, and third-party payors.

He is an experienced litigator and trusted advisor.  He has led, managed, and handled various aspects of complex, nationwide litigations in state and federal courts, including developing and implementing case strategy, arguing dispositive motions, working with expert witnesses, taking and defending fact and expert depositions, and going to trial.

He has extensive experience drafting briefs at both the trial and appellate levels, and in particular, briefs concerning the admissibility of expert testimony under Daubert.  He was key member of teams that secured the dismissal of plaintiffs’ general causation testimony under Daubert and the entry of summary judgment for a pharmaceutical manufacturer in two major mass torts, and also helped draft the briefs that ultimately cemented those victories in the federal appellate courts.  See In re Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium) Mktg., Sales Practices & Prod. Liab. Litig. (No II) MDL 2502, 892 F.3d 624, 631 (4th Cir. 2018); In re Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Prod. Liab. Litig., 858 F.3d 787 (3d Cir. 2017).  These Daubert decisions are routinely cited by courts and parties around the country.


SEGMENT 1: Timothy L. KrippnerShareholder Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.

  • The Emergence of Multiple Fronts of Litigation
  • Establish Circle of Privilege, Initiate Appropriate Litigation Holds and Institute Media Policy
  • Assessment of Nature of Liability and Goals of Litigation Strategy
  • Perform Initial Due Diligence and Launch Defense
  • Establish Continuity of Defense Performance
  • The Big Close:  Execution of Exit Strategy

SEGMENT 2: Jonathan S. TamCounsel Dechert LLP

  • Emerging trends and strategies for defending against claims brought by governmental plaintiffs, including state attorneys general, cities, counties, and other political subdivisions

Date & Time:

Thursday, April 30, 2020

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Product Liability Lawyers
  • Product Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • In-house Counsel
  • Manufacturing Companies
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Timothy L. KrippnerShareholder
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Jonathan S. TamCounsel
Dechert LLP



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