Steven A. Karg concentrates his practice in commercial litigation with an emphasis on pharmaceutical, products, and consumer liability defense.  He has substantial experience defending manufacturers and/or distributors of a wide variety of products, such as pharmaceuticals, tobacco products, heavy industrial equipment, marine engines, chemicals and chemical processing systems, automobile lifts, pumps, tow tractors and trucks, buses, automotive accessories, trailers, forklifts, fasteners, soil remediation, and food preparation equipment.  Steve has represented clients at both the trial and appellate level, including in New Jersey’s Multi-County Litigation system.  In addition to direct representation of clients, Steve has acted on many occasions as New Jersey counsel with virtual law firms comprised of counsel around the country defending companies in nationwide products, consumer, and class litigations.

Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Steve was the Manager of Property and Facilities at Purolator Courier Corporation where he managed the company’s many facilities and supervised construction of projects. Prior to that, he was a production supervisor and industrial engineer at the Colgate-Palmolive Company where he oversaw the production of personal care products.

Steve often speaks about products liability and consumer fraud topics to various organizations, such as the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, New Jersey Defense Association, New Jersey Chapter of Risk and Insurance Management Society, New Jersey Chapter of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society, Northeast Pharmaceutical Attorneys, and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  He has been the defense-side co-moderator or speaker for NJICLE’s annual Multi-County Litigation (formerly Mass Tort) seminar for many years and has presented on topics involving class actions and mass torts.  He has authored many articles on a number of products liability and consumer fraud topics.

Steve has been selected again for inclusion in the Class Action/Mass Tort section of New Jersey Super Lawyers®, one of 27 Members of the firm selected this year.  Only five percent of New Jersey attorneys are given this honor.  Steve is also listed in the Product Liability Litigation – Defendants section of the current issue of Best Lawyers.  Steve received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating, this is the highest lawyer rating which serves as an objective indicator of the lawyer’s high ethical standards, legal knowledge, and analytical capabilities.

Articles

Blog - Business Without Borders

Selling Consumer Products in the States: Focus New Jersey

2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States

Guidance for Companies Picking a State for Operations in the U.S.

New U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Concerning Specific Jurisdiction in U.S. State Courts

Doing Business in the Latin American or Caribbean Regions

Foreign Companies (India) Establishing U.S. Subsidiaries – Some Jurisdictional Considerations (New Jersey)

Live! From the ACI Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference

ACI Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference

Getting to Know Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation in the U.S. Market

Pick-Off Strategies in Class Actions – Coming to a Non-U.S. Jurisdiction Near You?

Live from the Defense Research Institute Annual Products Liability Seminar

Foreign Sellers Entering the U.S. Market Should Understand Its Products Liability Laws

Product Safety Officials Work Towards Global Cooperation and Uniform Requirements

Defending Drug and Medical Device Companies in the United States – Working Overtime

A Step in the Right Direction for Pharmaceutical Companies Doing Business in New Jersey – DeBoard/Bailey v. Wyeth

U.S. Supreme Court Shields U.S. Business from a Potentially Lethal Bullet – Wal-mart Stores v. Dukes

Privilege, Privacy and Dawn Raids: What You Need to Know If Your Client Does Business in the European Union

Focused REWIND: Wal-mart v. Dukes

Will the United States Supreme Court Declare an Open Season for Class Actions Against Business? – Wal-mart v. Dukes

What Every Foreign Manufacturer Doing Business in the U.S. & NJ Should Know, Part I: New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act

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Presentations

Publications

Reported Cases

  • Heindel et al. v. Pfizer Inc. et al., 381 F.Supp.2d 364 (D.N.J. 2004)
  • H.T. Rose v. Henny Penny Corporation, 317 N.J. Super 477 (App. Div. 1999)
  • Product Related Claims and Recalls in the United States“, Co-Speaker, Association of Corporate Counsel Webcast, June 9, 2015
  • “The Most Important Developments of the Year – Defense Perspective, Multicounty Litigation in New Jersey,” NJICLE, Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ, January 28, 2014
  • “Developments in Class Actions,” NJICLE, Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ, September 10, 2012
  • “The Evolving World of Handling Mass Tort Claims,” NJICLE, June 2, 2011
  • “Products Liability Defense Strategies,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association and New Jersey Defense Association, March 12, 2010
  • 2010: A New Decade for Mass Torts, January 27, 2010
  • Managing Products Liability Risk for Manufacturers and Distributors,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, New Jersey, November 11, 2009
  • Co-Moderator, “Electronic Discovery, Document Retention Policies & Alternate Dispute Resolution,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association and New Jersey Defense Association, November 2005
  • “Non-Personal Injury Claims in Pharmaceutical Litigation,” American Law Institute – American Bar Association, Products Liability – Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Issues, August 2005
  • “A New Look at Comparative Fault in the Workplace,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Products Liability 2004 Extreme Makeover: A Fresh Look at Key Issues and Trends in the Law, May 2004
  • “Important Strategies for Product Manufacturers and Distributors,” October 2003
  • “Managing Products Liability Risk,” Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society, New Jersey Chapter, January 2003
  • “Training Corporations to Avoid Liability,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2002
  • “Strategies for Reducing Products Liability Risk,” September 2001
  • “Product Liability Update for Corporate Counsel,” November 1998
  • “Tort Reform and the Third Restatement of Torts: Products Liability,” New Jersey Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, March 1998
  • “Product Liability and Technology Issues Affecting Corporate Partnerships,” Northeast Pharmaceutical Attorney Conference, May 1997
  • “The Express Pre-Emption Defense After Cipollone,” Product Liability and Toxic Tort Law: Reason or Ruin, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1993

Steven A. Karg was selected to the 2017 Super Lawyers list. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


Best Lawyers

Steven A. Karg was selected to the 2018 Best Lawyers® list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Martindale

Steven A. Karg was selected to the 2018 has earned the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® status. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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