Products Liability Webinar: Exposing Challenges & Assessing Risks
September 23, 2015 — 1:00 - 2:30 EST, Webinar
In this 90-minute webinar, you will learn about products liability issues that have the most impact for life sciences companies. Products liability implications and solutions to the following will be covered.
- Challenges related to product design and marketing
- Post-market surveillance
- Crisis management
Ms. Dyson and Ms. Stevens will also address some enduring issues in products liability litigation, including the evolution of the learned intermediary doctrine—a principal defense among makers of prescription devices—and the status of preemption for medical devices.
Sara Dyson, Assistant Vice President, Loss Control, Medmarc Insurance Group
Sara Dyson is the Assistant Vice President of Loss Control for the Medmarc Insurance Group, which provides products liability insurance to the life sciences industry, primarily the manufacturers and distributors of medtech and pharmaceutical products. Her primary responsibility is to assist companies with controlling products liability risks, losses, and associated costs. Ms. Dyson regularly performs evaluations of medtech and pharmaceutical products and onsite evaluations of manufacturing operations to identify products liability risks. She also consults with life sciences companies to develop products liability risk management strategies.
Ms. Dyson received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and is a member of the Wisconsin and Virginia Bar Associations. She is also a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Courtney Stevens, Senior Attorney, Loss Control, Medmarc Insurance Group
Courtney Stevens is the Senior Attorney for Loss Control for the Medmarc Insurance Group, which provides products liability insurance to the life sciences industry. Her primary responsibilities include the development of resources on products liability avoidance and regular correspondence with brokers, policyholders, and underwriters in efforts to evaluate and mitigate products liability risk. Ms. Stevens publishes articles on products liability risk management for industry organizations, such as IMDA, and publications, such as Life Sciences Panorama. She also maintains a blog on products liability issues for the life sciences industry, on which she discusses recent products liability litigation, FDA regulatory activity, and industry news.
Ms. Stevens received her law degree from the George Mason University School of Law, and is a member of the California and District of Columbia Bars. She is also a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she received a BA degree.
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