Chuck Moellenberg has extensive experience in the nationwide coordination of major product liability cases and in commercial and business litigation. Chuck's product liability experience encompasses products ranging from paints and chemicals, toys, trains, recreational vehicles, automobile air bags and restraint systems, consumer electrical appliances, and wine. He appears in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. and coordinates the defense for clients with other co-defendants in joint defense groups.
From years of coordinating nationwide litigation, Chuck has considerable knowledge in complex, emerging legal issues. These include market share and other collective liability theories, concert of action and conspiracy laws, public and private nuisance, medical monitoring, continuing duty to warn, class actions, preemption, and liability for trade association activities. He works extensively with legal scholars and a wide range of experts such as pediatricians, child psychologists, epidemiologists, statisticians, toxicologists, industrial hygienists, warnings, historians, and economists. In highly visible product liability litigation, he works with crisis management firms to speak with the media and formulate media strategy.
Chuck is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council. He is coauthor of the Multi-District Litigation chapter of Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (West Pub., 1998). He has written and spoken on defending claims alleging failure to warn, public nuisance, obesity, and state attorney general litigation and has written on First Amendment protections for corporate speech and re-analyzing raw data to attack epidemiology studies.
California wineries successfully defend lawsuits alleging trace amounts of arsenic in wine are hazardous
Pilatus resolves aircraft accident cases arising out of 2009 crash of Pilatus PC-12 Legacy aircraft
PLAC files amicus brief addressing due process standards for state class actions
Honors & Distinctions
The American Law Institute (elected member)
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for product liability litigation - defendants (2013-2016) and mass tort litigation/class actions - defendants (2014-2016)
The Legal 500 US - recommended in litigation for product liability and mass tort defense: consumer products (including tobacco) (2014) and toxic tort (2014 and 2015)
Law Clerk to: Judge Nathaniel R. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1979 term) and Chief Judge Frank J. Battisti, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (1978 term)