Chilton Varner joined King & Spalding in 1976. She became the first female partner in the firm’s litigation department, and the first female to serve on the firm’s management committee. She is the senior partner on King & Spalding’s product liability team, which The American Lawyer has twice recognised as one of the top three such practices in the country. She has been named on the shortlist of best female litigators by the National Law Journal, Chambers and Partners, Law360 and Benchmark. Recently, Best Lawyers named her ‘Litigator of the Year’ in her region.
The Product Regulation and Liability Review – 5th Edition
In today’s global economy, product manufacturers and distributors face a dizzying array of overlapping and sometimes contradictory laws and regulations around the world. A basic familiarity with international product liability is essential to doing business in this environment. An understanding of the international framework will provide thoughtful manufacturers and distributors with a strategic advantage in this increasingly competitive area. This treatise sets out a general overview of product liability in 18 jurisdictions around the world, giving manufacturers a place to start in assessing their potential liability and exposure.
Readers of this publication will see that each country’s product liability laws reflect a delicate balance between protecting consumers and encouraging risk-taking and innovation. This balance is constantly shifting through new legislation, regulations, treaties, administrative oversight and court decisions. But the overall trajectory seems clear: as global wealth, technological innovation and consumer knowledge continue to increase, so will the cost of product liability actions.
Each country chapter features four main sections: regulatory oversight (describing the country’s regulatory authorities or administrative bodies that oversee some aspect of product liability); causes of action (identifying the specific causes of action under which manufacturers, distributors or sellers of a product may be held liable for injury caused by that product); litigation (providing a broad overview of all aspects of litigation in a given country, including the forum, burden of proof, potential defences to liability, personal jurisdiction, discovery, whether mass tort actions or class actions are available and what damages may be expected); and the year in review (describing recent, current and pending developments affecting various aspects of product liability, such as regulatory or policy changes, significant cases or settlements and any notable trends).
In this book:
- Chilton Davis Varner, King & Spalding LLP
- Madison Kitchens, King & Spalding LLP
- England & Wales
- Puerto Rico
- United States