AMICUS PROGRAM

PLAC's mission is to obtain fairness and balance in the common law of product liability.  The primary tool to accomplish this mission is PLAC's Amicus Curiae Program, often called "The heart and soul of PLAC."

PLAC believes the voice of product manufacturers deserves to be heard. We have a thoughtful point of view as it relates to products and believe it is crucial that the viewpoint of our manufacturers and suppliers be considered as the law is shaped. Our efforts also serve as a conduit for measured, intellectually-rigorous commentary on how rapidly changing areas of the law can create unintended consequences for product manufacturers, consumers and the vitality of our economy.

PLAC submits amicus briefs in state and federal courts in cases dealing with significant aspects of product liability law.  PLAC considers approximately 30 cases each year for amicus briefs, and accepts on the average about half of those cases.  We strongly believe that PLAC's Amicus Curiae Program is without peer.  Indeed, many outside sources have acknowledged the high standards of our program.  PLAC is committed to maintaining a world class amicus program.

PLAC's program is first rate because of the involvement of our entire membership.  While the focal point is Case Selection Committee (CSC), every member of PLAC can contribute by submitting cases for consideration.

Issues

Since 1983 PLAC has submitted more than 1,100 amicus briefs on behalf of our members. Issues that we have addressed include:

Recent Amicus Filings
  • Risk-Utility Test/Evidence of Industry Custom and Practice - California Supreme Court - Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp.
  • Statute of Limitations/Toxic Torts - California Supreme Court - Lopez v. Sony Electronics, Inc.
  • Preemption/Warnings - U.S. Supreme Court (petition) - Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Albrecht
  • Spoliation – Georgia Supreme Court - Koch v. Cooper Tire
  • Innovator Liability/Novel Theory/Warnings – California Supreme Court - T.H. v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Co.
  • Evidence of FDA Clearance - U.S. Supreme Court (petition) - Huskey v. Ethicon, Inc.
  • Design Defect Test - CO Supreme Court - Walker v. Ford Motor Co.

Our efforts are intended to achieve balance and fairness to the application of existing law.   

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20 Year Review of PLAC's Amicus Activities (1998-2019)

Amicus Curiae Year in Review (2018)


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Become a Brief Writer for PLAC

The committee is expanding its corps of brief writers. We especially want to encourage younger and diverse brief writers to apply to support our efforts. Please feel free to share this with colleagues who have the appropriate credentials and skillset. Please note that in order to be included on PLAC’s “short list” of brief writers, the attorney must be a member of the organization or in the process of applying for membership.

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