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Consumer Products (Litigation, Regulatory and Administrative Proceedings)

  • Defended a respirator manufacturer in numerous personal injury/product liability actions throughout California, including defending against claims of successor liability.
  • Represent retailer and manufacturer of cosmetics and drugs concerning slack fill allegations by California District Attorneys.
  • Served as lead counsel for major sunscreen manufacturers in a matter that led to an industry-wide standard for a key active ingredient in sunscreens.
  • Served as lead counsel for several national tea distributers in a matter alleging excess exposure to lead resulting in a favorable industry-wide settlement.
  • Defend clients in District Attorney and Attorney General investigations alleging false or misleading labeling or advertising of cosmetics, over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, and homeopathic products.
  • Successfully defended Lush Cosmetics by having the Superior Court sustain a demurrer without leave to amend with regard to Proposition 65, Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and Unfair Business Practice claims.
  • Achieved a full defense verdict and award of costs and fees for a Fortune 500 client in a rare Prop 65 trial where plaintiff alleged secondary liability for alleged exposure to lead.
  • For a national big-box retailer of software, consumer electronics, household appliances and computer hardware, obtained dismissal with prejudice in a Prop 65 action concerning exposure to di(2- ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP).
  • Assisted a major manufacturer of lawn and pet care products in a nationwide product-liability class action.
  • Defended a pharmaceuticals manufacturer in two series of product-liability cases pending in several state jurisdictions.
  • Represent foreign companies in federal multi-district litigation relating to the manufacture and sale of allegedly defective drywall.
  • Represent a major chemical manufacturer in state-court asbestos litigation.
  • Defended a microelectronics company in a four month trial in San Jose, California, obtaining a unanimous defense verdict, subsequently recognized as a “Top Defense Verdict of the Year.”