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APRIL 2017

It was a pleasure seeing some of  you at the DRI Products Conference cocktail get together and at the conference generally.  It was even better seeing y’all in Charleston for the Winter meeting.  The attendance at our joint program with the Transportation Section on autonomous vehicles was one of the better attended morning programs (helps being early in the week!) and the feedback was universally positive.  Thanks to all who attended.


I want to also remind everyone to get their Swiss on and be sure to register for the Annual Meeting in Montreux.  Besides being a fantastic location filled with fantastic sites, food, wine and chocolate, it will be yet another opportunity to spend time with FDCC friends and get involved with the Section.  Our Section will be sponsoring a presentation “Emerging Issues in Third-Party Litigation Funding” with Scott Incerto and Dan McGrath leading the program.  The brochure summary should read something like this:


Third-party litigation funding generally means that someone other than party, the party’s counsel, or other entity with a pre-existing contractual relationship with the party (like an indemnitor or liability insurer) provides non-recourse funding for a dispute.  From humble beginnings as a mechanism to pursue (mainly) personal injury claims, litigation funding is now a global growth industry that encompasses multiple funding options for a wide field of civil disputes -  from antitrust to all manner of class actions.  In this program our focus is on the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada.  We discuss the basics of third party litigation funding; various funding-related regulatory and legal developments; the impact of litigation funding on defendants; and some of the special issues that arise from its use (e.g., disclosure, privilege; forum shopping).   


Finally, and not to be too blunt, the level of participation in our Section has a lot of room to grow.  There is no reason why this Section should not be leading the way in blogs, newsletters, membership recruitment, speaking and other of the benefits available to members of the FDCC.  If you think you don’t have time to get more involved, you are wrong.  If you think that you are too new to the organization to get involved, you are wrong.  If you think you are too old to get involved, you are wrong. If products isn’t a big part of your practice so you thing why bother getting involved, you are wrong.  Like any aspect of the FDCC, what you put in is multiplied in what you get back.  Please complete this survey to help us better serve you and help us find a way to get you involved: FDCC Products Liability Section Survey.

Have a great Spring!!


Matthew Cairns

Products Liability Section Chair


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