Product Liability and Mass Torts

NERA's product liability and mass torts projects range from valuing liabilities in multi-billion dollar bankruptcies to assessing potential exposure before products have been marketed. Our experts bring together the required disciplines -- including economics, statistics, accounting, epidemiological modeling, computer programming, and insurance modeling -- to address complex valuation problems that arise in these matters.

Retained by defendants, plaintiffs, insurers, or companies engaging in mergers or acquisitions, we have provided consulting services and expert testimony in a variety of settings, including:

  • Bankruptcy hearings
  • Fraudulent conveyance actions
  • Forecasts for financial reserves
  • Insurance allocation disputes
  • M&A due diligence
  • Consumer class actions

Our expertise has been developed across a range of different products and industries, including:

  • Asbestos, silica, and mixed dust
  • Automotive vehicles and products
  • Industrial chemicals: manganese, beryllium
  • Building products
  • Food additives: diacetyl
  • Pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • Contaminated ground water
  • Tobacco
  • Mold
  • Firearms

Experts in NERA's Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice have been analyzing issues arising in these areas for 20 years. We have submitted expert reports, offered economic testimony, and provided expertise to assist counsel, state and federal courts, Boards of Directors, risk managers, and insurers. We have also testified on mass torts issues before Congress.

Name Title Location Phone Email
Lucy P. Allen Managing Director New York City +1 212 345 5913 lucy.allen@nera.com
Sarah Butler Managing Director San Francisco +1 415 291 1022 sarah.butler@nera.com
Dr. Denise Neumann Martin Managing Director New York City +1 212 345 5296 denise.martin@nera.com
Dr. Faten Sabry Managing Director
Bankruptcy Practice Chair
New York City
London
+1 212 345 3285
+44 20 7659 8618
faten.sabry@nera.com
Dr. Kent Van Liere Managing Director Denver
San Francisco
+1 303 357 4782
+1 415 291 1010
kent.van.liere@nera.com
Mary Elizabeth C. Stern Director White Plains, NY +1 914 448 4054 mary.elizabeth.stern@nera.com
Jorge Baez Associate Director New York City +1 212 345 5753 jorge.baez@nera.com
Drew Claxton Associate Director New York City +1 212 345 3442 drew.claxton@nera.com
Timothy McKenna Associate Director New York City +1 212 345 5503 timothy.mckenna@nera.com
Dr. Stephanie Plancich Associate Director New York City +1 212 345 7719 stephanie.plancich@nera.com
Dr. Eugene Ericksen Affiliated Academic Philadelphia +1 215 864 3878 eugene.ericksen.affiliate@nera.com
Mark L. Berenblut Affiliated Consultant Toronto
New York City
London
+1 416 868 7311
+1 212 345 2687
+44 20 7659 8644
mark.berenblut.affiliate@nera.com
Title Type Author
Snapshot of Recent Trends in Asbestos Litigation: 2016 Update Report Mary Elizabeth C. Stern and Lucy P. Allen
Snapshot of Recent Trends in Asbestos Litigation: 2015 Update Report Mary Elizabeth C. Stern and Lucy P. Allen
Snapshot of Recent Trends in Asbestos Litigation: 2014 Update Report By Mary Elizabeth C. Stern and Lucy P. Allen
Comcast and Economic Analysis of Class Certification Issues Working Paper By Drew Claxton and Dr. Faten Sabry
Snapshot of Recent Trends in Asbestos Litigation: 2013 Update Report By Mary Elizabeth Stern and Lucy P. Allen
Asbestos Payments per Resolved Claim Increased 75% in the Past Year -- Is This Increa... Report By Mary Elizabeth C. Stern and Lucy P. Allen
Snapshot of Recent Trends in Asbestos Litigation: 2011 Update Report By Mary Elizabeth C. Stern, Lucy P. Allen, and Adelina Halim
Snapshot of Recent Trends in Asbestos Litigation: 2010 Update White Paper By Lucy P. Allen and Mary Elizabeth Stern
The Economic Impact Of New MMSEA Regulations Published Article By Dr. Denise Neumann Martin, Dr. Stephanie Plancich, and Mary Elizabeth Stern
Snapshot of Recent Trends in Asbestos Litigation White Paper By Lucy P. Allen and Mary Elizabeth Stern