Tanenbaum Keale LLP partner Timothy Freeman will co-present at the 2023 DRI Product Liability Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Austin, Texas. Titled “Optional Safety Features – The Tension Between Consumer Choice and Paternalism,” this presentation examines product liability cases involving design defect allegations based on the fact that a safety feature is optional and not standard. Freeman will discuss strategies on how to evaluate and defend against claims based on optional safety features that are not yet standard due to lack of sufficient field testing. Co-presenter Rachel Kelly of Exponent will analyze such claims from a human factors perspective, using scientific analysis to evaluate whether optional safety features would have prevented the accident.

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Freeman focuses his practice on the litigation of product liability and catastrophic personal injury. His clients include manufacturers of heavy equipment, industrial and consumer products, and automotive products. He is an active member of DRI (Defense Research Institute), “the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel” providing access to resources for attorneys serving clients and corporations in all types of litigation.