Michelle Gillette, a Member in the Products Liability Practice of Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., will moderate a panel entitled, “Presenting Food Science to the Judge or Jury” at the 3rd annual ABA Food and Supplements Workshop. The workshop, presented by the Food and Supplements Subcommittee and the Products Liability Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation, will be held June 18 at the McDonald’s Corporation in Oakbrook, Illinois.
The panel will focus on effectively communicating the complicated science in food or supplement cases to a jury. Panelists will include trail attorneys, a jury consultant and a food scientist who serves as a trial expert. Other panels will discuss regulatory developments, labeling requirements, food safety and terrorism threats and ethics and crisis management.
Ms. Gillette’s practice is focused on complex product liability, commercial litigation and intellectual property. She has successfully defended clients in class actions alleging false or misleading labeling or advertising of foods, cosmetics, over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, and homeopathic products. These lawsuits have focused on claims involving probiotics, “natural” ingredients, “clinically-proven” results, lack of efficacy, lack of substantiation, and failure to disclose. Experienced in both Federal and California state courts, Ms. Gillette has defended companies in cases regarding product liability (medical devices and pharmaceuticals), unfair business practices, false or misleading advertising, trade secrets, torts, breach of contract, and patent infringement.