Fowler Writes on U.S. Trends in IBA Newsletter

Partner Greg Fowler has published an article in the October 2007 Product Law and Advertising newsletter of the International Bar Association's (IBA) Legal Practice Division.  Titled "Trends in U.S. Product Liability Law 2007," the article provides an overview of the current products-liability environment and presents summaries of specific federal and state court decisions from the first half of 2007 addressing issues ranging from punitive damages and federal preemption to tort reform, medical monitoring and public nuisance causes of action.  The article concludes by noting, "With high court decisions making it more difficult for plaintiffs to bring or appeal lawsuits, reining in class actions and placing limitations on punitive damages, and with legislatures willing to adopt liability reforms sought by tort reform advocates, it seems likely that the plaintiffs' bar will face additional hurdles litigating products claims in the United States for the foreseeable future.  It would be a mistake, however, to declare the bar moribund; creativity has always been its strong suit."  Fowler will be contributing regularly to this IBA publication, which is published several times each year.  To view the article, please click here.