Litigation & Appeals

Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Litigation

Stites & Harbison represents a broad cross-section of pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in complex and high-profile litigation. For over twenty years, we have provided our clients with sophisticated and experienced trial and appellate counsel at the local, regional, and national level.

We serve as national and regional counsel for brand-name companies, defending against federal and state court product liability and mass torts actions, class actions, and multi-district litigation. Our attorneys possess a broad range of skills and experience handling a variety of drug and medical device matters, including off-label promotion and use, misuse, fraud on the FDA, public sector pricing disputes, and defending actions brought by attorneys general.

Stites & Harbison defends a wide spectrum of pharmaceutical and medical products, including:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Catheters and balloons
  • Hormone replacements
  • Pain Pumps
  • Antibiotics
  • Defibrillators
  • Anti-depressants
  • Anesthesia equipment
  • Oral vaccines
  • Ultrasound and x-ray machines
  • Surgical anesthetics
  • Surgical mesh
  • Contraceptive drugs and devices
  • Neurosurgical clips
  • Orthopedic implants and joint replacements
  • Intraocular lenses
  • Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs)
  • Ventilators
  • Cardiovascular stents
  • Kidney lithotripters
  • Diabetes medicines

We strive to provide exceptional client service by understanding our clients’ business concerns and crafting effective legal strategies that both protect our clients’ products and minimize the costs of litigation.

Representative matters include:

  • Trial counsel in state and federal courts nationwide for a manufacturer of implantable orthopedic devices
  • Nationwide defense of a manufacturer of an infusion pump prescribed for patient-controlled analgesia
  • Nationwide defense of a line of cardiovascular catheters used to treat coronary occlusions
  • Supervising trial counsel in mass tort litigation involving more than 2,000 plaintiffs in Kentucky
  • Lead counsel in the defense of a pharmaceutical company in Kentucky resulting in summary judgment in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Defending brand-name and generic pharmaceutical manufacturers in mass tort claims alleging undisclosed side effects of drug usage.
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Benchmark Litigation 2023 Honors 15 Stites & Harbison Attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2023 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 12 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and three as “Future Stars” in Kentucky. The guide honors the firms and attorneys who have demonstrated the ability to consistently handle complex, high-stakes cases in multiple jurisdictions.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 17, 2022
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Robin McGuffin Selected for Leadership Lexington’s Class of 2022-23

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Leadership Lexington has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Robin McGuffin as a member of the 2022-23 Leadership Lexington program.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 17, 2022
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Robin McGuffin Elected to the Lexington Forum’s Board of Directors

LEXINGTON, Ky. —The Lexington Forum has elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Robin McGuffin to its Board of Directors. She will serve a three-year term.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 15, 2022
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Marjorie Farris Named as 2022 Business Women First Enterprising Women Award Honoree

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Louisville Business First has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC Chair Marjorie A. Farris as a recipient of its 2022 Business Women First Enterprising Women Awards.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC April 01, 2022
Events

2022 Corporate Counsel Training Academy

Date: 4/6/22
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, Illinois

Whitney Watt will be the Moderator for one of the sessions of this Corporate Counsel Training Academy in Chicago on April 6, 2022.

Whitney Frazier Watt March 31, 2022
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Stites & Harbison Continues Expansion in Atlanta – Lands Commercial Litigation Team of 12 from Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell LLP

ATLANTA—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 12 attorneys from Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell, LLP (CSKL), including named Partner Johannes S. Kingma, Managing Partner Shannon M. Sprinkle and General Counsel William D. Newcomb, have joined Stites & Harbison’s Atlanta office.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 24, 2022