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Products Liability Committee

Cayce C. Peterson
Committee Chair

Upcoming Events:

Protective Orders in Products Liability Litigation CLE


The panel features Magistrate Judge Daniel Knowles of the USDC for EDLA as well as two experienced attorneys from both the defense and plaintiff perspectives: Kim Moore of Irwin Fritchie and Lawrence Centola of Martzell Bickford, who have each handled numerous individual and multi-district products liability cases. The discussion will focus on what elements of a protective order are important from both sides of the courtroom, as well as what aspects are important to the Court in streamlining discovery, reducing pre-trial conflicts and protecting the intellectual property of a defendant without limiting the rights of the plaintiff.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Noon - 1 p.m.

NOBA Office
650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505
New Orleans, LA 70130

CLE: 1 hour of CLE credit


NOBA Member Discount: 35 (includes lunch)
Non-member Price: $55 (includes lunch)

*All credit card transactions will be charged a 3% convenience fee.


  1. Contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or
  2. Email Morgan Ellis
  3. Mail payment to the NOBA Office, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130
  4. NOBA members can pay online by clicking here

Please note: Cancellations must be received in writing two days in advance in order to receive a refund less an administrative fee. No refunds for no shows.

Recent Events:

On February 1st, the committee held a planning meeting to discuss plans for the year, get ideas and discuss interests and topics.

October 14th, Judge Eldon Fallon and Kerry Miller discussed "Common Issues With Foreign Manufacturers in Products Liability Litigation" CLE.

On June 23, the committee held a planning meeting to discuss current developments and upcoming program ideas.

On November 11, 2015, The Hon. Robin Giarrusso, Irving Warshauer and Dawn Barrios held a panel discussion on issues encountered by counsel in connection with settlements of complex liability cases.

On February 19, 2015, the committee held a planning meeting.

On July 16, 2014, the committee had a round table discussion on the impact of media on products liability (and other) litigation, Redhibition actions in products liability cases, effective use of experts in products liability litigation, and cost containment in these matters.

On April 16, 2014, The Hon. Lance M. Africk, Jim Irwin, and Hugh P. Lambert led a panel discussion on recent developments in products liability CLE. The CLE discussed the connection between the Louisiana Products Liability Act (LPLA) and redhibition, admissibility of expert testimony (pretrial – Daubert and at trial – authentication, foundation, etc.), and preemption.