Shook, Hardy & Bacon Partners Harvey Kaplan, Simon Castley, Gregory Fowler, and Marc Shelley have published articles in Getting the Deal Through—Product Liability 2014. Kaplan provided a “Global Overview” for the volume, noting various changes in product liability practice and law throughout the world during the past year and observing that “product liability litigation on a global scale will continue to present new challenges for product manufacturers.”
Castley has authored the England and Wales chapter; Fowler and Shelley have co-authored the chapter on U.S. product liability law. Each chapter describes the country’s civil litigation system, how disputes are litigated, the respective roles of judge and lawyer, evidentiary issues, funding, sources of law, product liability theories and defenses, and trending issues. The U.S. chapter identifies the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s proposed guidelines for voluntary recall notices and explains the potential “ripple effects” the proposal could have on product liability litigation.