Product Liability Advocate

Product Liability Advocate

H. Michael O'Brien (NY Metro)

H. Michael O'Brien (NY Metro) Michael O’Brien is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and co-chair of the firm’s Product Liability and Class Action Defense practices. With more than 30 years of experience in product liability defense, Michael focuses on representing U.S.and Asia-based manufacturers and distributors as national counsel in litigation, pre-suit investigations and class actions. He also advises clients on reporting obligations to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and counsels them on voluntary recall issues.

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The Internet of Things: The Cyber Vulnerability Landscape Emerges

Posted in Product Liability, Technology and electronic products
The phenomenal growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), widely hailed in 2015, has been greater than originally forecast. Gartner, Inc. estimates a 30 percent increase in IoT devices connected to the Internet in 2016, which equates to 6.4 billion devices, and forecasts that more than 20 billion devices will be connected to the Internet… Continue Reading

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Product Liability PART 5: Security and the Industrial Internet Consortium

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The rapid emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) led to the establishment of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) in the spring of 2014 by five primary stakeholders: AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM and Intel. IIC now claims a membership of 211 in more than 26 countries. Each of the five founding members, like many… Continue Reading

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Product Liability PART 4: Government Oversight

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The exponential growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is far outpacing the ability of stakeholders to address safety standards and security concerns. This is not unusual as rapidly developing technology often challenges regulators and standards organizations to develop a framework for consensus governance. However, because the IoT transcends so many industries, there will be… Continue Reading

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Products Liability PART 3: Initial Contact

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This is the third in a series of blogs examining the rapid development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its consequential impact on product liability risk. The development of the IoT has been so rapid and the applications so ubiquitous across every imaginable industry and commercial enterprise that there has been a failure by… Continue Reading

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Products Liability PART 2: One Step Closer

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The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Products Liability, published in February 2015, identified a number of factors leading to the emergence and phenomenal growth of the Internet of Things (IoT).  It also identified issues relating to potential product liability exposures and the impact that IoT-connected devices could have on risk assessment and… Continue Reading

E-Cigarettes: The Safer Alternative?

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E-cigarettes have gained widespread popularity as an alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes, with hundreds of millions of these devices expected to be imported into the United States in 2015. The majority of imported e-cigarettes are from China, where most of these devices are manufactured without any regulations or safety standards. E-cigarettes are marketed as a… Continue Reading

The Internet of Things: The Inevitable Collision with Product Liability

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Internet of Things: The Inevitable Collision with Product Liability is the first of a five-part series written by Michael O’Brien. Links to the other blogs in this series can be found at the end of this article.  The IoT – Internet of Things – is undergoing a rapid development that will continue to transform how… Continue Reading