With product manufacturing comes product liability lawsuits. This is true no matter where you make your products, but China-related product liability lawsuits can be particularly complex because of how China issues can infuse so much of the case, ranging from serving the complaint at the commencement of the litigation to collecting on the judgment at its conclusion. We have written extensively on litigation matters related to China, based in large part on our own experiences handling litigation involving Chinese companies (often as experts brought in by the lead litigation attorneys or insurance companies), including a four part series on How to Sue Chinese Companies — go here for part 4 and work your way back to part 1.

China product liability issues, February 25, 2016
China product liability issues, February 25, 2016

This is all a preface to my speaking in Los Angeles on February 25, 2016, at the yearly Emerging and Complex Insurance Claims Forum. I will first speak on “Manufacturing in China/Asia: Keep Your Eyes Wide Open,” with a focus on the following:

  • How to source products from China and other emerging Asian economies
  • How to source products so as to avoid product liability lawsuits
  • How to prevail in litigation against your Asian manufacturer
  • Cross-claiming against your Asian manufacturer

I will follow that up by serving on a four person panel (along with Eugene LaFlammeBrian Benoit, Patrick Taverna and Marie Nolan), addressing “Claims & Coverage Involving Foreign Products,” with a focus on the following:

  • What to do about your Asian manufacturer once product problems occur
  • Who pays when foreign products fail?
  • Real cases involving defective products manufactured in China and elsewhere outside the U.S., and how to navigate challenges involving jurisdiction, foreign insurers, and limiting liability
  • Specialty insurance products

This conference is being put on by HB Litigation, for whom I spoke years ago regarding China drywall litigation and subsequent to that on pursuing Chinese companies in IP litigation. HB Litigation is a first rate conference producer and I have no doubt this will be a top flight conference. Note that today is the