Warnings-Based Claims in Product Liability

Navigating U.S. Standards for Warnings; Leveraging the Requirements in Litigation

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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This CLE course will provide counsel with an overview of U.S. warning label standards for manufacturers and various approaches of different jurisdictions regarding claims of inadequate warning. The panel will outline issues in bringing or defending against such claims.


Manufacturers have a duty to warn consumers how to safely use a product on safety labels and instructions. The warning must be adequate to protect consumers from potential injury and manufacturers from potential liability.

Counsel to manufacturers and to consumers must have a thorough understanding of the warnings standards when advising clients. Either adding or omitting a few words or symbols may mean the difference between an adequate and an inadequate warning.

Ultimately, juries determine the adequacy of the warning at trial. So, counsel must understand the theories of liability associated with warnings and develop approaches to establish or disprove adequacy.

Listen as our authoritative panel of products liability attorneys discusses differing court views on warning adequacy, explains theories of liability, and outlines best practices to address issues that frequently arise during litigation.



  1. Overview of U.S. warnings standards
  2. Common issues in warnings litigation
  3. Defending against warnings-based claims
  4. Bringing warnings-based claims


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the standards for an adequate warning?
  • What are the different ways that warnings claims become an issue in consumer suits?
  • What are best practices for bringing or defending against a warnings claim?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Phoebe A. Wilkinson
Phoebe A. Wilkinson

Chardbourne & Parke

Her practice focuses on complex domestic and international disputes. She has a particular focus on products liability...  |  Read More

Kenneth Ross
Kenneth Ross
Bowman and Brooke

He is one of the world's leading practitioners in Product Liability Prevention (PLP). He has been providing advice...  |  Read More

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