Product Liability Playbook: Insights Into Product Liability, Risk Avoidance, and Consumer Fraud Class Actions is designed to help manufacturers, retailers, importers, and others in the supply chain avoid the risk of costly litigation and understand the complex federal and state regulations governing the manufacturing, sale, and distribution of products in a wide range of industries.

Our aim is to keep business and legal professionals on top of the ever-changing regulations and developing case law, as well as to explain the implications of recent verdicts and trends for their industries. The blog also provides practical insight to help companies avoid risk and successfully defend product liability and product-related consumer fraud class action lawsuits.

Our team of experienced attorneys addresses hot topics in this area and examines strategies to avoid litigation through discussions of owners’ and operators’ manuals; instructions and warning labels; product recalls; Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and ASTM International standards; expert testimony; and a variety of other critical topics.

We hope you will find the new Risky Business blog an invaluable resource in your risk management toolkit, and we welcome you to join the conversation on these topics through the comments feature on each post. 

We look forward your comments and thoughts on these topics and our blog. Please contact one of our editors listed below or send us your feedback by clicking here.





David S. Osterman
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David Osterman is a senior partner resident in Goldberg Segalla’s Princeton, New Jersey office. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and he concentrates his practice in handling complex civil litigation, including commercial disputes, product liability, and class action litigation. Dave is certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court and has tried more than 45 cases to verdict in five different states (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Arizona) and the District of Columbia. He has also served as lead counsel in the successful defense of several state and national class actions involving claims of consumer fraud, breach of warranty, medical monitoring, and product liability. Dave’s practice involves the representation of manufacturers, retailers, and distributors of a wide variety of products including pharmaceutical and medical device products, consumer products, food products, heavy industrial machinery, airplanes, outdoor power equipment, gas grills, glass products, and flammable fabrics. He has extensive toxic tort experience, including the successful representation of manufacturers and distributors against claims of personal injury or property damage as a result of exposure to asbestos, silica, paint products, graphite carbon, diacetyl, industrial solvents, and MTBE. This experience includes the largest consolidated asbestos trial in New Jersey history. In addition, Dave successfully defends class action litigation brought under state consumer protection statutes, including the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.



H. Lockwood (Chip) Miller III
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H. Lockwood (Chip) Miller III has broad litigation experience across a number of substantive areas, with a deep focus on the defense of product liability and toxic tort claims in single-plaintiff cases and large, consolidated mass actions. Chip has defended a wide array of product liability and toxic tort claims, including matters involving asbestos, cosmetics and personal care products, lead paint, chemicals and chemical compounds, benzene, household and consumer products, butane-fueled lighters, material handling equipment, airline service equipment, alarm and signaling systems, industrial products, and playground equipment. He is an active member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Product Liability Committee. He currently serves as its Marketing Liaison for the Chemical and Toxic Torts Specialized Litigation Group. He also currently serves as a member of the New Jersey Defense Association Products Liability Committee and the New Jersey Supreme Court District XB Ethics Committee.




Matthew R. Shindell
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Matthew Shindell is a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office. He concentrates his practice in the defense of product liability matters involving consumer products and industrial equipment. Matt also defends medical malpractice claims against physicians, medical practice groups, hospitals, community clinics, and nurses. In addition, he has commercial and business litigation experience in debtor/creditor rights. He is a graduate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) National Trial College at Harvard Law School. Matt has authored articles on topics such as food labeling litigation, counterfeit products, and mold claims for a variety of publications.


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