Legacy Equipment Challenges

Posted on March 19, 2012 02:07 by J.K. Leonard

We are witnessing advances in technology and machine design at a dizzying rate.  Products that were purchased new can literally be “old” within months, as new features and enhanced safety and utility features are rolled out.  What, then, is one to do with true “legacy equipment” – machines that have been in place for years and, often times, decades?  When accidents occur on this equipment, or when manufacturers are called upon to repair them, questions about retrofitting, warnings and/or recommending the equipment be taken out of service often arise.  This can be a tremendous challenge for defense counsel in defending legacy equipment – even more so for in-house counsel that must answer the calls from service personnel in multiple jurisdictions.   Also, what is it that in-house counsel really need, want and appreciate from their outside lawyers in defending and reporting cases?

To hear the answers to these important questions, you must hurry and register for DRI’s 2012 Product Liability Conference, April 11-13 at the Venetian Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas and attend the ACMIE (Agricultural, Construction, Mining and Industrial Equipment) SLG break-out session, which will take place on Friday, April 13 at 8:30 a.m. These issues will be discussed by a panel of in-house counsel comprised of Emily Muceus of Deere & Company, Jamie Myers of Caterpillar, Inc. and Diane Scialabba of CNH America, LLC.  The panel discussions will be moderated by Mike McWilliams of Butler Snow O’Mara Stevens & Cannada (Jackson MS) and Kevin Owens of Johnson & Bell (Chicago IL).  We will also hear ACMIE’s annual list of the top 10 cases of the past year, presented by Jennifer Johnson of Ice Miller (Indianapolis IN). We hope to see you there!

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