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ONE ATLANTIC CENTER, 1201 WEST PEACHTREE STREET, SUITE 2800, ATLANTA, GA 30309-3450, USA
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Christopher Campbell

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

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

Position

Partner; Chair, Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice

Career

Chris serves as head of litigation in the Atlanta office, while also working out of the New York office. Chris is a graduate of Harvard Law School with experience in all phases of litigation, including first-chairing jury and bench trials in state and federal courts and arguing appeals.

He has represented many of DLA Piper's top clients, among them leading pharmaceutical, automotive and insurance companies.

 

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School; B.S., Austin Peay State University


United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: automotive/transport - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class actions: automotive/transport - defense

Led by Christopher Campbell in Atlanta, DLA Piper LLP (US) assists clients from the automotive industry with product liability litigation and class actions. Notably, Phoenix-based Mark Nadeau is defending Uber Technologies in a personal injury case regarding a homeless person who was struck by an autonomous vehicle. In addition, William Kiniry in Philadelphia is representing Porsche in litigation relating to the Cayenne Sport Utility engine, which contained an emissions control device designed to fool the designated emissions testing. In another highlight, the team is acting for Mazda in a consumer protection lawsuit filed by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office regarding faulty airbags supplied by vendor Takata. Other clients include Michelin and Goodyear.

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Product liability, mass tort and class actions: consumer products (including tobacco) - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class actions: consumer products (including tobacco) - defense

Led by¬†Christopher Campbell¬†in Atlanta, the team at DLA Piper LLP (US)¬†comprises ‚Äėvery thoughtful litigators, who thoroughly examine the issues and provide in-depth and practical advice‚Äô. Leveraging its ‚Äėinternational reach‚Äô and experience in the food and beverage, technology and tobacco sectors, the practice group is regularly involved in class actions, personal injury lawsuits and false advertisement claims. Angela Agrusa, who joined the Los Angeles office in October 2017 from Liner, represented Danone in several false advertising class actions, including a claim regarding the term ‚Äėorganic‚Äô used on certain milk products. Also recommended is¬†George Gigounas, who defended e-cigarette and vaping product manufacturer NJOY in a civil action filed by the Center for Environmental Health seeking Prop 65 cancer warnings on the client's products. In 2018¬†Amy Rubenstein¬†and John Scholnick¬†joined from Schiff Hardin LLP, while¬†Levi Heath¬†and Alva Mather¬†joined from Barnes & Thornburg LLP¬†and Pepper Hamilton LLP¬†respectively.

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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.‚Ä©
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