Product & Mass Tort Litigation

Product and Mass Tort Litigation

Combining Depth of Experience and Geographic Diversity for Exceptional Client Service

Complex product liability and mass tort litigation is increasingly a high-stakes proposition. The product liability and mass tort lawyers at Hunton & Williams LLP appreciate that excessive verdicts or public relations miscues can trigger market analyses with dire consequences and threaten a company’s stellar business reputation. From the time a potential business risk is identified until the matter's conclusion, depth of experience in risk assessment and veteran trial lawyers are essential to the development of a comprehensive and winning defense strategy. Our product and mass tort litigation practice provides clients the advice and counsel needed to develop a business strategy to avoid litigation where appropriate, and the talent and experience required to engage and resolve litigation where necessary.

Our trial lawyers are experienced in a broad variety of complex business tort litigation, multi-plaintiff suits and class actions. We have litigated cases involving toxic torts, environmental liability, products liability, occupational injuries and public nuisance, among others, with particular experience defending claims involving cancer, neurologic harm and other long-latency diseases. We have handled cases involving air, water, soil and fire/explosion-related exposures and mass evacuations in which the facets of adhering to regulatory, public relations and litigation issues are intertwined. We have defended claims related to asbestos, arsenic, dioxin, kepone, pentaborane, benzene, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), general building materials, CCA-treated wood, Chinese drywall, cigarettes, diesel fumes, fluorides, medical devices, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, silica, synthetic stucco, toxic mold and tobacco. In addition, our lawyers have provided critical risk assessments and advised clients on other liability issues including product recalls, labeling, warnings and warranties. Clients engage us to represent them as national counsel in industry-wide matters, multidistrict litigation and bet-the-company cases. We have tried cases to verdict, both jury and bench, from California to Florida, from Texas to Virginia, and in Maryland and New York. We have defended high profile products liability and toxic tort cases around the country and the Virgin Islands, including the jurisdictions known as "Judicial Hellholes."

To complement our litigation resources, our product and mass tort litigation practice has assembled a broad and reliable network of local counsel in jurisdictions around the country who offer insight on the idiosyncrasies and propensities of local judges and jurors, as well as an impressive array of expert witnesses who serve as consultants and testifying experts. We defend cases with an eye on the appellate process, utilizing experienced appellate lawyers who not only handle appeals but also assist the trial team in preserving matters for review by higher courts. Critically, we team with in-house counsel to accomplish the results deemed consistent with the client’s overall business, litigation, regulatory and public relations objectives.

With offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, Hunton & Williams has a wealth of experienced product liability and mass tort lawyers available to provide advice and counsel or litigation services in jurisdictions where our clients have business operations and where a dispute is pending. We offer cost-effective and competitively priced legal services, which can include fixed fees, alternative fees, flat fees, blended rates or other appropriate cost-control mechanisms best suited for the matter in dispute.