Product liability lawsuits against pharmaceutical and medical device companies have proliferated over the past two decades and, during that time, Helmsing Leach has become a preeminent defense firm in this field. Beginning in the 1990s, we have defended hundreds of lawsuits involving brand name and generic pharmaceutical products, as well as a wide variety of medical devices, in state and federal courts across Alabama, the southeast and the nation. Our litigators have handled many stand-alone medical product lawsuits but have also worked on some of the highest-profile national mass tort litigations involving drugs and medical devices.
We are well-versed in the federal and state laws governing this practice area, and are familiar with relevant Federal Drug Administration regulations and practices. We have successfully defended clients against products claims brought under a broad spectrum of theories, including failure to warn, design defect and manufacturing defect claims. Practicing in this field for over 20 years has allowed us always to keep abreast of the ever-evolving theories of liability advanced by plaintiff counsel, as well as the development of defenses to combat those theories.
Our veteran litigators have also acquired considerable subject matter expertise in many relevant areas of medicine and science, and have served in litigation science groups within larger multi-law firm defense teams in multi-district litigations, with responsibility for identifying, retaining and preparing defense experts in a multitude of medical, scientific and technical specialties, as well as challenging plaintiff expert witnesses under the Daubert and Frye standards.
In short, Helmsing Leach’s litigators possess all of the experience and knowledge needed to defend medical product claims, and as in all our other practice areas, to do so with maximum efficiency and flexibility.