Amusement Industry Defense
Our attorneys and legal assistants have decades of combined experience representing manufacturers and operators in the amusement industry.
Our attorneys and legal assistants have decades of combined experience representing manufacturers and operators in the amusement industry. This industry focus has resulted in unparalleled expertise in the unique issues facing companies involved in the manufacture, sale and operation of amusement rides. Moran Reeves Conn, for example, is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the International Association of Leisure Defense Attorneys (IALDA), and participates in other industry organizations, such as the Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers International (AIMS), and the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA). Our familiarity with the industry and our clients’ products enables us to provide cost-effective representation of a caliber generally offered only by firms many times our size.
Among the services we have provided to our clients are the following:
A. National and Regional Defense
Although the jurisdictions will vary, the clients’ product lines remain the same. Therefore, we strive to become expert in every aspect of our clients’ product lines, whether roller coasters, water rides, other amusement park attractions, and so forth. This enables us to coordinate commercial and product liability litigation efforts regionally and nationally at significant cost savings to its clients. Our commitment to our clients’ products eliminates the need to retrain counsel in each new jurisdiction on the intricacies of the product line. At the same time, we rely on the skills of carefully selected local counsel for tasks that can be handled more cost-effectively at the local level. This team approach to national and regional defense provides our clients with the highest quality, most cost-effective representation possible.
Our attorneys have acted as lead trial counsel for its amusement industry clients in a number of states, including New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Texas and California. As a result of its national practice in this and other areas, we have developed a unique understanding of the peculiarities of practice in various jurisdictions, and stand uniquely qualified to counsel its clients on litigation strategy in different parts of the country. Moreover, this national perspective allows us to ensure that litigation strategy in any particular locality will not adversely affect the client’s business or litigation prospects elsewhere.
B. Business Counseling and Risk Management
We recognize that true commitment to our clients means protecting your interests before a lawsuit happens. Because of the depth and breadth of our litigation experience, we are uniquely qualified to counsel our clients in the mitigation and avoidance of risk. Moreover, our attachment to the amusement industry allows us to address risks peculiar to your business. Among other things, we have provided clients with advice on insurance coverage issues; development and negotiation of purchase, sale and licensing agreements; design and revision of product literature, including operation and maintenance manuals, product labeling, and warnings; in-house training programs for business and technical staff; customer communications; and document creation and retention.
C. Discovery Coordination
Our experience as national counsel and its commitment to knowing the business of its clients makes it uniquely suited to coordinate its clients’ responses to discovery. Our national discovery coordination ensures consistency and accuracy in discovery, eliminating the risk that a client’s responses to discovery in one case will adversely affect its interests in another. In addition, we are staffed to manage document collection and production, having participated in large-scale document collection efforts for clients in a variety of industries. This includes the collection, review and production of electronic, as well as paper, documents. Moreover, we have designed and implemented document management and other discovery-related computer systems to further enhance efficiency, productivity, and communication between clients and counsel.
D. Trade Secret Protection
Our understanding of our clients’ product lines enables us to recognize and ensure the protection of trade secrets and other intellectual property, including critical business information, during the course of discovery. We have successfully resisted efforts to force disclosure of trade secrets in a variety of areas, including product formulations (see In re Continental General Tire, Inc., 979 S.W.2d 609 (Tex. 1998); In re Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., 106 S.W.3d 730 (Tex. 2003); (Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. v. Eddings, 673 So.2d 131 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1996)); plant inspections (In re Continental Tire North America, Inc., 74 S.W.2d 884 (Tex. App. – Eastland, 2002)); quality manuals (Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. v. Eddings, 673 So.2d 131 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1996)); and proprietary design materials.
E. Commitment to Technology
The practice of law today requires the use of technology to its fullest. We ensure that our attorneys, legal assistants and staff are equipped with the latest hardware and programs to meet our clients’ needs and demands.
But that is not the extent of our commitment. We recognize the importance of systems and efficiency, particularly in the area of litigation coordination. We have developed, designed and installed a variety of document management programs, as well as computerized libraries for our clients. We also have assisted companies with the design and installation of extranets, including WAN and internet-based extranets, to better coordinate their litigation.