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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Press Releases

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
Press Releases

Lauren Paxton Roberts Named as Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Lauren Paxton Roberts as a Fellow.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 08, 2021
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Jeffrey Melcher Joins Stites & Harbison

ATLANTA—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce attorney Jeffrey W. Melcher has joined its Atlanta office as a Member (Partner). He will be based in Atlanta while also serving clients in Nashville, Tenn.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 15, 2021
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Benchmark Litigation 2022 Honors 15 Stites & Harbison Attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2022 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 12 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and three as “Future Stars” in Kentucky.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 08, 2021
Events

2021 Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference

Date: 11/17/21 - 11/19/21

Boston Park Plaza, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116-39014

Louisville office attorney Whitney Watt will be a member of the panel for a presentation at this ABA Conference in Boston, Mass., November 17-19, 2021.

Whitney Frazier Watt September 17, 2021
Press Releases

Ashley Ward Appointed to EKU Board of Regents

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Governor Andy Beshear has appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Ashley Ward as a member of the Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) Board of Regents with a term expiring in June 2027. EKU is governed by an 11-member Board of Regents.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 27, 2021