Paul concentrates his practice on defending corporations in consumer fraud and product liability actions. He has operated as national or local counsel on multi-district litigation, state coordinated proceedings, class actions and complex litigation throughout the United States. Specifically in California, Paul has successfully defended his clients against claims involving the Unfair Competition Law, the False Advertising law and the Consumers Legal Remedies Act. He recently defeated claims involving alleged deceptive pricing of over-the-counter medication.

Paul has represented manufacturers and retailers of food, beverages, dietary supplements and other consumer packaged goods. He also has represented manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, respirators, automobiles and flooring products. Paul has spoken on the topics of consumer fraud class actions, product labeling, supply chain management and electronic discovery and counsels his clients regarding business practices subject to government regulation or public scrutiny. In addition, Paul practices in the areas of business litigation and appellate law.

Representative Matters

Boris v. Wal-Mart, 35 F.Supp.3d 1163 (C.D. Cal 2014) (court grants motion to dismiss complaint).

Gartin v. S&M Nutec, 245 F.R.D. 429 (C.D.Cal. 2007) (court denies class certification).

Ford v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., 60 Cal. App. 4th 696, 70 Cal. Rptr. 2d 359 (1997).

Presentations

Food and Beverage Law Update, ACC-SoCal's Sizzling Topics in Food & Beverage Litigation, Seal Beach, California (October 2012).

The Bare-Naked Truth About Class Actions Involving “All Natural” Food Products, Grocery Manufacturers Association's 2012 Food Claims & Litigation Conference: Navigating Change in Food-Related Litigation, Dana Point, California (February 2012).

Standards and Expectations of Corporate Responsibility: The Retailer’s Perspective, Grocery Manufacturers Association's 2011 Food Claims & Litigation Conference: Emerging Issues in Food-Related Litigation, Scottsdale, Arizona (February 2011).

Mass Tort 911: The Company’s Been Sued! Now What?, Grocery Manufacturers Association's 2010 Food Claims & Litigation Conference: Emerging Issues in Food-Related Litigation, Austin, Texas (February 2010).

Hot Topics in Agribusiness & Food Safety Webcast, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. (February 2010).

Hot Topics in Agribusiness & Food Safety Webcast, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. (November 2009).

Food Safety: Factoring in New Threats Associated with Foreign Food Product Imports, American Conference Institute's 3rd National Forum on Food-Borne Illness Litigation: Advanced Strategies for Assessing, Managing & Defending Food Contamination Claims, Chicago, Illinois (October 2009).

Electronic Document Preparation, Management, and Retention in the Claims Process, Grocery Manufacturers Association's Modern Management of Consumer Complaints: Unlocking the Secrets of Great Service, New Orleans, Louisiana (May 2009).

Country-of-Origin Labeling: A Legal Mandate for Some, a Marketing Opportunity for Others, and a Litigation Risk for All, Grocery Manufacturers Association's 2009 Food Claims & Litigation Conference, Rancho Mirage, California (February 2009).

Deceptive Trade Practice Claims: Strategies for Responding to a Growing Trend, American Conference Institute's 2nd National Forum on Food-Borne Illness Litigation, Scottsdale, Arizona (December 2008).

Product Liability When There is No Injury: The Deceptive Trade Practices Class Action, Grocery Manufacturers Association Food Claims & Litigation Conference: Emerging Issues in Food-Related Litigation, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 2008).