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War College Curriculum for Defense Counsel
May 2014
Ronald J. Levine, Leah Kelman
LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy
Herrick Litigation Department Co-Chair Ronald Levine and Associate Leah Kelman authored the article "War College Curriculum for Defense Counsel," which proposes a military approach for defense counsel when weighing and evaluating strategies for combating frivolous product liability suits. Noting that law school curricula do not offer courses on counter-attacks against bogus product liability litigation, the article describes some of the courses that could be taught at the "Law-War School" for defense "Generals" who are planning a counter-attack.   
Ethics of Settlement: Restricting Plaintiff's Counsel from Representing Future Claimants
April 2014
Jennifer Smith Finnegan
LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy
In an article published in LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy, Jennifer Smith Finnegan discusses the ethical prohibitions against restricting plaintiffs' counsel from representing future claimants as part of a settlement.
Leveraging Early Case Assessment for Food Industry Litigation
January 15, 2014
Ronald J. Levine
Food Product Design
"Leveraging Early Case Assessment for Food Industry Litigation," an article co-authored by Ron Levine,  was published by print and online magazine Food Product Design.  The article examines the crucial role early case assessment (ECA) plays when food and beverage companies face threats from government agencies and consumer fraud class-action suits.
The Benefit of Early Case Assessment in Food Court
November 2013
Ronald J. Levine
Food Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing, a monthly print and online magazine, published "The Benefit of Early Case Assessment in Food Court," an article co-authored by Ron Levine.  The article, which was co-authored with executives from Advanced Discovery, considers the beneficial role Early Case Assessment can play in evaluating liability, budgeting for litigation, determining reasonable settlement values, and promoting a higher level of strategic action in food and beverage class actions.
Class Actions: Where's the Beef?
July 2013
Ronald J. Levine, Sharon A. O'Shaughnessy
LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy
Herrick Litigation Department Co-Chair Ronald Levine and Associate Sharon O'Shaughnessy authored the article "Class Actions: Where's The Beef?"  In the article, published in the July 2013 issue of LJN's Product Liability Law and Strategy Newsletter, the authors opine on the effectiveness of the 2005 Class Action Fairness Act and the ongoing challenges in providing class members with meaningful cash awards. 
Litigating Products Liability Class Actions
November 2011
Susan T. Dwyer, Ronald J. Levine
Products Liability Class Actions - Early Case Assessment
Class action specialists Susan Dwyer and Ronald Levine have authored a book chapter on early case assessment in product liability class actions.  The chapter is part of a larger book published by Aspatore (Thomson) publishing addressing recent decisions, case validity and trial preparation in product liability class actions.
The Use of Cy Pres Funds in Class Action Litigation
July 2011
Ronald J. Levine, Yael M. Weitz
LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy
Ron Levine and Yael Weitz co-authored the article "The Use of Cy Pres Funds in Class Action Litigation" which discusses the charitable contribution of settlement funds in class actions in LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy.