The lawyers in the Product Liability and Mass Torts Group at Quinn Emanuel are nationally recognized leaders in the field and have been twice named the “Product Liability Practice Group of the Year” by Chambers USA. Our lawyers have been involved in many of the most significant complex tort and consumer fraud litigations of the last 30 years, many of which were and are considered “bet-the-company” matters. Our lawyers pioneered the “national counsel” model of handling mass tort litigation, serving in this capacity in cases involving pharmaceutical drugs, asbestos, chemicals, silicone gel breast implants, smokeless tobacco, diet drugs, medical devices and equipment, genetically modified crops, alcoholic beverages, laptop computers, consumer products, and building materials. Our attorneys have also been involved with some of the highest-profile mass torts and crises of recent time, including the Fukushima nuclear accident, the BP oil spill, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.
Quinn Emanuel is frequently chosen by Fortune 100 companies to oversee their most significant cases. For instance, we serve as national counsel to Pfizer Inc. in cases involving the company’s cholesterol-lowering medicine, Lipitor; the antidepressant medication, Zoloft; and its epilepsy and neuropathic pain medication, Neurontin®. Likewise, we are national products liability counsel for Colgate-Palmolive Company, lead national counsel for The Coca-Cola Company in defense of purported class actions challenging the allegedly deceptive marketing of vitaminwater® beverages, and national counsel for State Farm in homeowners’ coverage cases arising out of Hurricane Katrina and Storm Sandy.
In addition, our lawyers have successfully served as appellate counsel in landmark cases in state and federal appellate courts—including the United States Supreme Court—on significant class action and tort law issues.
Our attorneys are widely regarded as some of the premier product liability attorneys in the United States, and have been recognized repeatedly as the “go to” lawyers by numerous legal publications, including Chambers USA, The National Law Journal, Law360, The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, Fortune, and Crain’s New York Business.
We successfully represented Colgate-Palmolive Co. in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit challenging the denial of Colgate’s motions to vacate orders remanding two asbestos-related cases to state court. The court of appeals, sitting en banc, agreed with our argument that 28 U.S.C. 1447(d)’s prohibition on “review” of remand orders does not preclude “vacatur” of a remand order pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b)(3) due to fraud, misrepresentations, or other misconduct in procuring that order. This ground-breaking decision provides a powerful new tool for the defense bar and ensures that federal courts are not impotent when plaintiffs and their counsel seek to avoid federal jurisdiction through misconduct.
Our attorneys won one of the most important business cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court for State Farm, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Campbell, 538 U.S. 408 (2003), which set constitutional limits on punitive damage awards.
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