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Product Liability Defence 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Eugene Schoon is a highly sought-after practitioner thanks to his vast experience handling major product liability litigation with complex technical elements.


Eugene Schoon, senior counsel at Sidley, focuses on product liability defence, with emphasis on mass torts, MDL and cross-border litigation, and class actions. Gene has experience in defending cases involving anticoagulant drugs, cholesterol lowering drugs, antifibrinolytics, antipsychotics, plasma derivatives, implants and other medical products. He has been engaged as national coordinating and trial counsel for cases in state and federal courts. Gene has defended third-party payer cases, consumer class actions and MDL proceedings in numerous jurisdictions. He has handled major matters for healthcare clients, including False Claims Act Defense, medical liability and tort reform cases and has argued appeals in federal and state appellate courts. Gene has recent successes in the Dr Scholl’s “Custom Fit Orthotics” class actions, in the Phillips Colon Health Probiotic litigation and in ongoing work for a cell phone provider in brain cancer litigation.

Ranked by Chambers in product liability and mass torts, Gene is described as “one of those guys who can do anything – write, argue a motion or appeal, take a deposition, and try a case”. In addition to his litigation practice, Gene has deep experience with insurance and insurance coverage disputes. In more than 35 years of practice, Gene has counselled dozens of corporate and individual clients on liability insurance issues and claims. Gene has worked with client risk management managers to structure insurance programmes that minimise risk and eliminate gaps. When claims arise, Gene guides the client through the claim and resolution process to maximise recoveries.

Prior to joining the firm, Gene clerked for Judge Ruggero J Aldisert of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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