Consumer Products

Expert Witnesses and Consultants

In 2019, the Consumer Products industry in the U.S. was estimated to be $635 billion. One of the most important parts of the U.S. economy, the consumer products category comprises a vast assortment of goods including clothing, toys, appliances, personal and hair care products, sporting goods, vehicles and vehicle components, electronics, and processed foods and beverages.

In such a large and innovative area, multiple legal issues arise. These include violations of proprietary IP such as infringements on utility or design patents, large class-action litigations involving multiple consumers injured by a product with an alleged manufacturing defect, or liabilities around failure to warn of product dangers.

A good deal of the legal work in this category involves regulatory proceedings. We routinely place regulatory experts before agencies such as the Consumer Products Safety Commission. And certainly, an expert will be necessary to support your client in the case of a Department of Justice civil penalty for failure to report a defective product. We are also often asked to find the right expert to rebut the Federal Trade Commission’s allegations of false or misleading advertising in regard to product claims.

Whether you’re a law firm handling complex class action litigation, or a company engaged in designing, testing, or bringing a product to market, having the right expert help you understand and navigate the highly specialized needs of the consumer products marketplace is critical.

Though not an exhaustive list, these are specialty areas where we have placed consumer products experts:

  • Consumer Products Laws and Regulations
  • Consumer Products Patent Infringement Cases
  • Consumer Products Product Liability Claims
  • Consumer Products Class Action Litigation
  • Consumer Products Research & Development
  • California Proposition 65
  • Product Recalls
  • Materials Science
  • Product Packaging
  • Logistics & Supply Chain

Expertise for Every Eventuality

A sampling of our consumer products case studies showcases the breadth and depth of our experts’ proficiency.

CASE STUDY

Electric power tool expert
for consumer class action

Attorneys representing the plaintiffs in a consumer class action against a power tool retailer needed an expert in electric power tools to make their case. The suit alleged that tools sold by the defendant had faulty switches leaving it impossible to turn them off.

CASE STUDY

Physical sciences expert
for false advertising case

Attorneys defending a skincare company against a false advertising claim suit brought by another company specializing in light – based skin products needed a heat transfer expert to help prepare a rebuttal report.

CASE STUDY

Products recall management
for class action

Attorneys representing consumers in a class action lawsuit against a heating, ventilation and air conditioning manufacturer needed an expert in consumer products recall management.

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CASE STUDY

Flavor expert
for patent litigation

Attorneys at a top-ranked AmLaw 100 firm needed a chemistry expert with specific expertise in food science to assist with protection of their client’s intellectual property rights in an International Trade Commission case.

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CASE STUDY

Game controller expert
for patent infringement

Attorneys representing a gaming company in a patent infringement suit against a well-known video game company needed a technical expert in the hardware aspects of game controllers.

Smart TV design expert

CASE STUDY

Smart TV design expert
for consumer class action

Attorneys representing the plaintiffs against a consumer electronics manufacturer needed an expert in the design of smart TVs to prove their case.

How We Find Your Experts

Unlike other companies who search for experts through stale databases, we work in lockstep with our clients to identify the precise expert you seek, even if only one exists. Our researchers dig deep into the science or industry elite to identify the proverbial “needle in a haystack” authority you need. It’s a result of understanding your problem, knowing the right questions, and probing your expectations. And as your case and needs evolve, we proactively anticipate that, too.

We succeed at locating knowledgeable experts with deep experience in the consumer products arena because we have years of experience, a team of researchers who are themselves often Ph.D. scientists and our exacting search methodologies honed over 20-years in business. You will not find the technical expertise of our research department in any other expert placement firm. Our team and our process is unparalleled for successfully matching your perfect expert.

The primary criteria we use to select these individuals include, but are not limited to:

  • Your stated needs
  • Academic background and certifications
  • Industry experience and professional background
  • Location and travel limitations
  • Experience in legal proceedings
  • Qualifications of the opposition witnesses
  • Potential conflicts of interest
  • Fees

Our team of Ph.D. and J.D. researchers have years of experience in their disciplines and are consummately poised to identify experts who can fill the niche you need. Whether you’re seeking an expert opinion on whether a product needs a “Prop 65 warning,” or the effectiveness of your company’s CPSC product recall protocol, our team has the technical understanding and extensive network to locate the perfect expert to suit your requirements.