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Selina Billington defends Asian manufacturers in product liability and consumer claims filed in U.S. courts. She works with Wilson Elser partners to ensure that clients receive timely updates on their matters in the United States and prompt answers to their questions.

Businessman fallingThe inadvertent disclosure of privileged material may haunt a company for years, particularly in today’s era of pattern litigation and increased collaboration within the plaintiffs’ bar. Fortunately, in matters pending in federal court, this consequence can be avoided through the use of Federal Rule of Evidence (FRE) 502(d).

The attorney-client privilege is arguably “the most sacred of all legally recognized privileges.” United States v. Bauer, 132 F.3d 504, 510 (9th Cir. 1997). As explained by the Supreme Court, “[i]ts purpose is to encourage full and frank communication between attorneys and their clients and thereby promote broader public interests in the observance of law and administration of justice. ”Upjohn Co. v. United States, 449 U.S. 383, 389 (1981). Naturally, the importance of preserving privilege and avoiding waiver cannot be overstated. This is particularly true in the context of product liability litigation where certain documents may be repeatedly placed at issue across numerous lawsuits involving the same product model.

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ProdBlog_HealthFood-Store_3-16New York State Attorney General’s Investigation Has Sparked a Coalition of State Attorneys General Against Herbal Supplement Manufacturers: What does this mean for the industry as a whole in terms of product liability exposure?

The recent announcement by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman concerning his investigation into mislabeled supplements has put the industry front and center in the media. According to Schneiderman, mislabeled supplements can be a danger to people who take certain medications or who have serious food allergies.

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