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Watkins & Eager PLLC

Product Liability & Mass Torts

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What the team is known for

Represents an impressive roster of product manufacturers from automotive, pharmaceutical and transportation sectors. Has notable experience in mass torts and multidistrict litigation, as well as knowledge of asbestos matters. Broad expertise in appellate and trial settings along with claims investigation matters.

Strengths

"In jurisdictions like Mississippi, it helps to have people who really know the lay of the land, and the firm is definitely one that I would trust to guide us through matters there," confirms a source.

“They understand the practical aspects of product liability matters and understand our litigation goals,” a source says.

Another client states: “I think they take a very practical and holistic approach to make sure we get the right result.”

Work highlights

Served as lead trial and sole appellate counsel to Maxfield & Oberton Holdings on a plaintiff appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit arising from a defense verdict in a catastrophic child injury case.

Notable practitioners

David Ayers acts for automotive manufacturers in personal injury and mass tort claims, including cases in several overseas jurisdictions.
"David is a well-respected trial lawyer in the automotive world." "He is just a pleasure to work with - a nice individual, a good lawyer and knowledgeable."

Walter Johnson regularly acts for major multinational companies on notable mass torts, while maintaining strong contacts in Mississippi.
"He has a nice way about him, juries like him and he has excellent judgment - in terms of trial experience, he's excellent." "He is a great trial lawyer and super well regarded." "He has a very strong reputation."

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Overview

Watkins & Eager’s product liability lawyers have tried a variety of cases to defense verdicts in difficult jurisdictions. Experience includes defense of pharmaceutical and medical device products; asbestos, talc, respiratory injuries; tobacco; personal protective products (respirators, hearing protection, sports equipment, and industrial clothing); automotive and heavy equipment; recreational vehicles; repetitive exposure; construction; welding; pipeline and fuel transmission equipment; kerosene heaters; sports equipment; and power tools.

Mass tort litigators defend clients in asbestos, silica, dioxin, pollution, welding, tobacco, pharmaceutical, plant and pipeline explosions, and tire cases in the most challenging jurisdictions. We have been actively involved in numerous MDL cases serving as lead trial counsel, coordinating counsel, discovery counsel, co-counsel or local counsel, and providing services, including witness preparation, expert witness selection and preparation, and document and exhibit management. We have been at the forefront of defense efforts since the inception of modern product liability theory, and have successfully managed large volumes of cases from discovery through trial in an efficient, non-duplicative, cost-effective manner.

Our staffing model is tailored to the effective administration of individual and mass tort cases. This approach and our rate structure allow us to provide service comparable to national firms at a lower cost to the client.

Clients

American Optical

Bayer

Nissan

Pfizer

Toyota

Verizon

Industries

Automotive

Electrical Power

Environmental and Toxic Torts

Heavy Equipment

Mass Tort

Medical Device

Pharmaceutical

Sports Equipment

Technology

Telecommunication

Product Liability & Mass Torts

Watkins & Eager PLLC

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Location

The Emporium Building

400 East Capitol Street

Jackson

Mississippi

USA

MS 39201

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

USA - Nationwide

Product Liability & Mass Torts


Walter T. Johnson
Band 5

Product Liability: Automobile


David L Ayers
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