By Cayce Peterson, Products Liability Committee Chair
The NOBA Products Liability and Maritime & International Law Committees recently teamed up to present a CLE on the crossover of products liability in maritime cases. The well-attended event featured Billy Swaim of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, A PLC and Ian Taylor of Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, LLC, both extremely knowledgeable in maritime and products litigation. Ian and Billy took the group from the origins of products liability slowly infiltrating general maritime law, first as pure contract claims, then to tort based claims, and ultimately to a full adoption of the 2nd Restatement elements of a products liability claim into maritime law. The group also discussed several of the unsettled areas that still exist in the hybrid field and gave their respective positions on how those areas may resolve in the coming years.
Next week, the Products Liability Committee is co-hosting a happy hour social with the Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Committee. Join us on Thursday, May 24th at the Ace Hotel from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. If you would like to attend the free social, but you are not a part of our committee, signing up is really easy, and free with your NOBA membership. Just e-mail Liz Daino or me, Cayce Peterson, and we will make sure you don't miss out any Products Liability Committee events. Becoming a NOBA member is just as easy. Just click here to purchase your NOBA membership online. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!