Julie protects her clients’ products throughout the product life cycle. Drawing on her deep technical and legal experience, she counsels clients on consumer product safety regulation and pharmaceutical and medical device preemption. She manages complex and multijurisdictional litigation both in state and federal court and also guides clients through product recalls.
Clients appreciate Julie’s ability to assess both the practical business implications and legal impact of a matter. They also value the way she recommends solutions that meet their objectives.
Julie is committed to providing thought leadership for her clients. She is an editor of, and frequent contributor to, MoFo’s Class Dismissed blog, where she provides insights on class action and product–related issues affecting companies in the consumer arena. She has been recognized for her writing as a top author in the JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards, 2016–2019.
Julie is also committed to pro bono service and diversity in the legal profession. While at Harvard Law School, she worked at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services. She has continued her pro bono work at MoFo, which has resulted in being a regular recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Award from the California State Bar for pro bono contributions. She is a member of MoFo’s Diversity Strategy Committee and has served on the Associates Steering Committee of Athena San Diego, an organization that promotes professional growth for women executives and rising managers in science and technology.
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Julie brings an industry perspective to her work with MoFo. Before going to law school, she was a medicinal chemist at Pfizer, where she researched cancer drugs.
Beyond her impressive legal work, Julie has a life in the arts. She is a professional–level violinist who performs with chamber music groups in the San Diego area and has played with the Harvard–Radcliffe Orchestra, Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, and La Jolla Symphony.
In Re: Taxotere Products Liability LitigationRepresent distributor in over 1,500 Taxotere cases pending in an MDL assigned to the Eastern District of Louisiana, as well as 20 individual cases pending in state courts in California, Delaware, Mississippi, and New Jersey. Secured victory on federal preemption of state failure‑to‑warn claims in a first–of–its–kind order in one of the California proceedings.
An orthopedic implant companyServe as co–lead national product liability counsel, providing broad–based support on product development, in addition to serving as lead counsel in a number of product liability litigation matters filed around the country.
A children’s monthly subscription service productRepresent a children’s monthly subscription service, regarding regulatory compliance for product safety. Represented the client before the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission (CPSC) in voluntary recall.
A fertility companyRepresent a fertility company, and one of its subsidiaries, in mass tort and class action litigation arising out of a freezer tank failure at Pacific Fertility Center.
A major technology companyAdvise company on new products coming to market as part of a private label licensing business including diverse product lines such as personal care products, children’s furniture, automotive accessories, and educational supplies.
A smart fitness equipment companyAdvise start–up on product liability risk assessment and mitigation associated with Internet of Things and product misuse.
FitbitDefended company in a class action alleging that a wearable device does not accurately track sleep as advertised and in two class actions alleging that Fitbit’s heart rate monitoring does not work as advertised. The heart rate monitoring class actions have spawned securities class actions against the company and we are coordinating the interplay between both sets of cases.
FitbitServe as national coordinating counsel for Fitbit in five class action lawsuits and over 30 personal injury lawsuits arising from the widely publicized recall of Fitbit’s Force activity tracker. We successfully conducted the recall in a short timeframe and negotiated a quick and favorable settlement of the class action litigation. We also represent Fitbit in a class action alleging that a wearable device does not accurately track sleep as advertised and in two class actions alleging that Fitbit’s heart rate monitoring does not work as advertised. The heart rate monitoring class actions have spawned securities class actions against the company and we are coordinating the interplay between both sets of cases.
Amgen Inc., et al. v. Sandoz Inc., et al.Part of a team that secured a victory on behalf of Sandoz Inc. in the first case to interpret the Affordable Care Act's Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). The federal district court ruled in Sandoz’s favor on all issues before the court, adopting Sandoz's interpretation of the BPCIA in all respects. The court also denied Amgen's motions urging a contrary interpretation and seeking a preliminary injunction. The Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court later affirmed the key elements of Sandoz victory.
Global Community Monitor v. Lumber Liquidators, Inc.Part of a team that successfully defended Lumber Liquidators, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring, in a Proposition 65 trial where plaintiffs claimed that Lumber Liquidators failed to warn about cancer–causing formaldehyde in its laminate wood flooring. The matter was the catalyst for the Anderson Cooper 60 Minutes feature claiming that the Company’s products were dangerous, which led to hundreds of consumer class actions and government investigations.
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