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John Wellschlager

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Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; International Arbitration; Product Liability, Mass Torts and Product Stewardship; International Trade, Regulatory and Government Affairs; Class Actions; Life Sciences




John Wellschlager represents public and private companies across multiple sectors in connection with class action, securities, product liability, and commercial litigation.

His litigation experience ranges from handling "bet the company" storms – encompassing shareholder class action claims, shareholder derivative claims, multi-district product liability claims, consumer fraud class actions, and internal and external investigations – to traditional commercial disputes. John has led internal investigations and reviews for companies in the health insurance, life insurance, and pharmaceutical sectors on issues ranging from FDA compliance to FCPA and other anti-corruption considerations. His clients include major pharmaceutical companies, banks and other financial institutions, various other public companies, and individuals.


J.D., University of Maryland; B.A., Kenyon College

United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense

The product liability and mass torts practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) is headed by Christopher Campbell and specializes in chemical exposure litigation. The team is defending e-cigarettes manufacturer NJOY in a civil action alleging that vaping products require Proposition 65 warnings. Further, Matthew Holian in Boston and Baltimore-based John Wellschlager are acting as national counsel for BASF Catalyst in talc powder and asbestos litigation related to its predecessor Engelhard. The firm’s client base also includes Porsche, Northrop Grumman and AM General.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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