Background - Practices (Details)

Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation


With an eye towards effectively managing current challenges while mitigating future risk, we work closely with clients to achieve their desired business outcomes as they relate to product regulation and litigation and environmental torts.

Crowell advises clients on the full lifecycle of their products, from the early stages of development and engineering, to manufacturing and testing, to marketing and labeling, to distribution and sales. Our lawyers understand the agreements needed, the regulatory agencies involved, and the approvals and review necessary to thrive in the marketplace. Once in market, we protect our clients and their products from unforeseen challenges that arise, including disputes over environmental concerns, regulatory inquiries and alleged product defects.

When the inevitable disputes arise over products, environmental contamination, or premises liability, we combine product and industry experience with aggressive and creative legal strategy. We help clients quickly and efficiently resolve regulatory actions, as well as single plaintiff litigations, class actions, mass actions, and multidistrict litigation (MDL).

Forward-Thinking Businesses, Practical Concerns

Leading national and global companies across industries turn to Crowell to handle matters related to their products. Our experience covers products such as:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Devices
  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Automotive Parts
  • Chemicals
  • Toys
  • Clothing
  • Food and Beverage
  • Furniture
  • Cosmetics


Our team has proven experience helping clients bring their products to market, guiding and protecting them in the regulatory arena both before and after sales begin, and defending them in court against any allegations of defect. This product lifecycle perspective informs our approach to litigation both large and small, including:

  • Representing clients in class actions, mass plaintiff cases, and some of the largest multi-district litigations in the country.
  • Serving as national coordinating counsel for clients with nationwide state and federal court litigation dockets.
  • Managing individual product liability dockets and litigate individual cases throughout the country and abroad.
  • Representing clients in arbitration proceedings of all shapes and sizes.
  • Pursuing indemnity or other recovery from responsible entities.


When a company faces agency scrutiny, our close government contacts and vast regulatory experience enable us to provide fast and effective counsel. And using our litigation experience, we ensure that any legal response considers the potential impact on a defense strategy should litigation ensue – which it frequently does. We regularly represent clients in front of the CPSC, FDA, and NHTSA, and have former agency officials leading our CPSC and FDA practices.

Public Relations

We work hand-in-hand with clients through every step of a crisis, including the quick handling of incident investigations, crafting appropriate responses to government and media inquiries, and developing statements to employees and other stakeholders. These efforts require a steady eye towards mitigating potential litigation risk.