Mert Howard, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP to Speak at the Knowledge Group’s the Internet of Things (Iot) and Product Liability: Hot Buttons in 2015 Live Webcast

New York, NY, May 20, 2015 –(– The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Mert Howard, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “The Internet of Things (IoT) and Product Liability: Hot Buttons in 2015.” This event is scheduled for August 20, 2015 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

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About Mert Howard

Mert Howard is a Partner at Hanson Bridgett and is chair of the firm’s litigation section. As such, his practice covers all aspects of civil litigation and business risk management. He is experienced in legal project management and strategic planning, alternative dispute resolution, trials and appeals. In the product liability area, he handles mass torts and class actions. His cases have involved catastrophic injuries, children’s products, chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food and related services, sports equipment, consumer goods, aviation equipment, asbestos and other toxic substances. He also represents clients in matters concerning California’s Proposition 65, contractual interpretation, unfair competition and premises liability. Additionally, he assists companies with regulatory compliance, warnings and instructions, and best practices.

About Hanson Bridgett

Hanson Bridgett has more than 160 attorneys in 4 offices throughout northern California. Their practices encompass traditional areas of law such as litigation, general business and corporate law, construction, public sector law, estate planning and administration, as well as major practice groups that focus on government representation, sustainable business, health care, senior housing and care, real estate, intellectual property, and labor and employment. These areas are supplemented by refined expertise in such specialized and diverse fields as product liability, eminent domain, transportation, environmental law, and insurance coverage.

Hanson Bridgett is a certified B Corp and are socially responsible members of their communities. The firm is driven by a commitment to diversity, charitable giving, pro-bono legal work and hands-on service. As a dedicated green business they strive to make sustainable choices for all of their business decisions.

Event Synopsis:

In this two-hour live webcast, a remarkable panel of professionals and thought leaders assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide IT and product liability lawyers, manufacturers and insurers, service companies, production and quality assurance managers, and other interested professionals and organizations with an overview of the fundamentals as well as updates with regards to Product Liability and the Internet of Things (IoT). The speakers will tackle specific product liability developments, including the Real and Substantial Dangers created by manufacturers’ poorly designed products that highly expose them to liability claims and possible litigations. They will also offer a notable discussion with regards to computerized sensors and operating records in plant/factory settings and the impacts of such sensors to product liability claims. The panel will also give their insights concerning Manufacturer Design Review and the computerized tools in place to do such review including the use of Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis. This webcast will provide the best practicalities and latest trends regarding this significant topic.

Key topics include:

– The Internet of Things (IoT) and Product Liability – An Overview
– Privacy and Security Implications of Connected Devices
– Legal Issues and Challenges
– Potential Impact on Product and Regulatory Liability in the U.S.
– Product Liability Claims in Canada
– Common Schemes to Avoid Product Liability
– Manufacturer Design Review
– Real and Substantial Danger Claims
– Real and Substantial Danger Created by Manufacturers
– Mitigating Liability Exposure for Equipment Failures
– Best Practices in Adapting IoT
– Strengths and Vulnerabilities of IoT Devices & Products
– Liability Exposures in Product Designs
– Responsibilities, Common Violations and Consequences

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group, LLC was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit:
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