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

Dan Harris

I am a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

I mostly represent companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

I was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), I am rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (its highest rating), and I am a SuperLawyer.

I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I most commonly speak on China law issues and I am the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog (www.chinalawblog.com). Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed me regarding various aspects of my international law practice.

I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at my firm, I focus on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.