F&P Counsel Steve Marshall, along with DRI’s Product Liability Committee, presented DRI’s most recent webcast yesterday, titled Cars and Coding: Emissions Cases and the New Frontier of Product Liability Claims. Steve is the Webcast Program Chair and the Products Liability Committee is one of the largest and most active committees within DRI
The webcast used the recent Volkswagen emission device investigation and litigation as a case study, addressing the technology at issue in the Volkswagen emissions device and the legal claims against and defenses available to Volkswagen and other manufacturers facing claims related to software defects. The technical portion of the program involved an engineering explanation of the “device” and the potential engineering solutions for this and other components reliant on coding. The legal portion identified common themes and defenses in the class actions filed across the country. The program also discussed defective software related claims, including claims for faulty coding, against other manufacturers, and the types of claims for both intentional and negligent coding/software actions/omissions likely to arise in the future.
Speaking alongside Steve were Halie Treas, a counsel in Oklahoma at Jennings Teague PC, and Anthony Cornetto III, a mechanical engineer responsible for managing and conducting the investigation of accidents and product failures.
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