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Latham fields an “impressive bench of seasoned civil and criminal lawyers with extensive trial expertise,” and is well regarded for mass tort and product liability litigation in various industries, including “tobacco, education, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, among others.”

– Chambers USA 2020

Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions

At times of crisis, clients call on Latham & Watkins’ renowned Litigation Department and top-ranked Environmental Practice to represent them in complex product liability, mass tort, and consumer class actions.

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A Trial-Ready Team

Latham’s Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions Practice defends high-stakes litigation ranging from toxic torts to product liability, and product recalls to multi-jurisdictional consumer class actions. For companies facing enterprise-threatening litigation in hostile venues, settlement may not be an option. In those cases, Latham offers a formidable bench of seasoned trial lawyers with a record of success in bench and jury trials in state and federal courts across the United States (US). The team’s success is predicated on the courtroom skills of its trial lawyers and their substantive expertise in handling complex scientific and technical matters. When complex cases need to be settled, Latham lawyers craft outside-the-box solutions and draw on the firm’s top-tier Insurance Coverage Practice to bring them to closure.

Broad Products Expertise

Clients come to Latham for immediate, high-quality, product-related litigation expertise in times of crisis. The practice has helped clients navigate matters involving the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Food and Drug Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and other federal and state investigative and regulatory authorities. Latham also has assisted clients with worldwide product recalls, including reporting and regulatory requirements, in more than 50 countries.

Environmental Litigation Practice

Latham has handled virtually every type of environmental litigation matter including toxic torts, environmental criminal liability, and Superfund and environmental cleanup liability. Lawyers in the practice include engineers and scientists who use their in-depth knowledge of epidemiology, toxicology, risk assessment, hydrogeology, air dispersion modeling, and other disciplines to litigate the most cutting-edge and technical issues in environmental and toxic tort cases.

Consumer Class Actions Experience

Latham has a substantial practice defending against consumer class actions, including breach of contract, fraud, breach of warranty, and other claims. The firm's class action lawyers have crafted strategies for handling lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions and have deep experience before the US Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation

Scope of Services

Latham’s Product Liability, Mass Tort & Consumer Class Actions Practice includes:

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