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Kevin J. English and Michael R. Law Featured in The National Law Journal’s “Top Verdicts of 2010” for Barnhard v. Cybex International, Inc.  More

Craig Leslie Comments on Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act  More

The True Meaning of Partnering: Interview Kevin Hogan, Partner in the Environmental and Energy Practice of Phillips Lytle LLP  More

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Press Releases

Phillips Lytle LLP Earns “Top Listed” Ranking in New York State in Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants on The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 List  More

Eric M. Kraus, a Partner with Phillips Lytle LLP’s New York City Office Has Been Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 List  More

Phillips Lytle LLP Receives a National First-Tier Ranking for its Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants Practice on U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2014 “Best Law Firms” List  More

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Speaking Engagements

“Science-based Advocacy,” American Association of University Women (AAUW) Tech Savvy, State University of New York at Buffalo, March 2013  More

“Biotechnology: Risks and Liabilities in a Global Economy,” Weill Cornell Medical College, March 2011  More

Eric Kraus is a speaker at the Strafford Publications Webinar  More

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“The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008: Collateral Damage,” Phillips Lytle Litigation Client Alert, March 2009 (Second in a Series)  More

“The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008: Time To Get The Lead (And Phthalates) Out,” Phillips Lytle Litigation Client Alert, February 2009 (First in a Series)  More

Lisa L. Smith Authors Article in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel  More

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Personal Injury – Products Liability/Health Effects

The defense of products liability, mass tort and chemical exposure/toxic tort cases is a core strength of Phillips Lytle’s Litigation Practice. From defending class actions and multidistrict consolidated proceedings to defending individual cases, our experience in litigating these matters is broad and deep. And we’ve served as national, regional and local defense counsel in major products liability, mass tort and chemical exposure/toxic tort litigation over the past four decades.

  • In the 1970s, we represented GAF Corporation in the first wave of asbestos litigation, and we continue to represent numerous companies in asbestos cases against manufacturers and premises owners
  • In the 1980s, we represented Occidental Chemical Corporation in the defense of thousands of personal injury toxic tort claims arising out of Love Canal, as well as defended Squibb in the DES litigation
  • In the 1990s, we served as co-counsel for Philip Morris in defending industry-wide lawsuits, and represented Atlantic Richfield in lead pigment litigation
  • Today, we continue to serve as one of DuPont’s Primary Law Firms, and we represent many other self-insured FORTUNE 500 companies in hundreds of toxic tort and products liability cases. When our clients are sued, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them to defend their products against claims of defect.

What sets Phillips Lytle apart is our leadership – whether it’s frequently taking the lead role in defense of multiple-defendant products liability and toxic tort litigation, or working on groundbreaking issues. Our national role in the products liability arena extends beyond the litigation of specific cases. In fact, one of our litigators is a contributing attorney to the Members Consultative Group for the Products Liability Restatement in the Restatement (3d) of Torts by the American Law Institute.

Lisa L. Smith
Lisa L. Smith

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