Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.

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Food and Beverage Industry

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote’s team of attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in the food and beverage industry. Our lawyers have defended a wide variety of international, national, and local manufacturers, processors, retailers, and distributors against allegations of food-borne illness and outbreaks, food allergies, foreign objects, mislabeled products, product tampering, and hot beverage burns. We are well known throughout the industry and have served as lead litigation, consulting and monitoring counsel on major outbreaks caused by caused by E. coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C, MRSA, norovirus, and Listeria. The attorneys in our Group also regularly assist clients with complex regulatory compliance issues involving the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA); and other federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Strategic Representation in Food-Borne Illness and Outbreaks
Our attorneys recognize that claims of food-borne illness and outbreaks can be devastating to a business. We have represented some of the largest and most widely-recognized names in the industry and know that media scrutiny associated with these types of situations can destroy a brand in a short period of time.

When allegations of a food-borne illness or outbreak surface, we take immediate action to build a successful defense plan while shielding our clients from adverse publicity. We provide clients with an upfront and thorough analysis of the risks and liabilities so they can choose the strategies that are best aligned with their business interests and objectives. While clients may choose to resolve a case early on, we are trial lawyers who will not hesitate to go to trial to protect our clients’ businesses and reputations.

Helping Clients Respond to and Resolve Crisis Situations
Recognizing that our clients are dealing with a crisis, our team acts quickly to identify and preserve critical evidence in the case. We have a thorough understanding of the investigations performed by the USDA, the FDA, and state and local health departments, including trace-back and food history investigations. We understand molecular epidemiological investigations involving genetic testing and work with leading scientific experts in the field to vigorously identify source issues and defend our clients.

Our legal team is also cognizant of the fact that when an outbreak occurs, the U.S. Department of Justice may launch a parallel criminal investigation under the so-called Park Doctrine. We are prepared to counsel corporate officers in these situations to ensure that both the corporation and officers receive the appropriate representation to best preserve the applicable privileges while defending the company.

Initiating Proactive Regulatory Compliance Efforts
Dickie McCamey attorneys help industry clients take proactive measures to ensure that their operations and procedures are in compliance with both the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), as well as state and local laws and regulations, including the development and review of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans. In doing so, our lawyers assist clients in the self-assessment of manufacturing processes and distribution channels to ensure that their HAACP plans meet FDA and USDA standards and regulations.

Delivering Comprehensive Legal Representation to the Industry
At Dickie McCamey, we take a multidisciplinary approach to the practice of law. Members of our Food and Beverage Industry Group regularly collaborate with attorneys throughout our firm to help clients resolve the full range of issues impacting their business operations, from labor and employment to premises liability to real estate and commercial issues.

Representative Matters
  • Green onion Hepatitis A outbreak (600 ill, including 4 deaths), Pennsylvania
  • Tomato Salmonella outbreak (500 ill), National Coordinating Counsel, Pennsylvania
  • Peanut butter Salmonella outbreak, Pennsylvania
  • Frozen hamburger E. coli outbreak (40 ill), National Coordinating Counsel, New Jersey
  • Quick-service restaurant Hepatitis A outbreak (40 ill), Coordinating Counsel, Illinois
  • Egg Salmonella outbreak (in excess of 1,900 ill) – largest egg Salmonella outbreak in history, National Coordinating Counsel, Iowa
  • Quick-service Hepatitis A class action (shot class action), Alabama
  • Quick-service Salmonella outbreak (10 ill), Illinois
  • MRSA outbreak at Temple, New York
  • Food supplement, National Coordinating Counsel, Missouri
  • National quick-service restaurant shooting spree (5 shot, 3 killed)
  • Soy nut butter E. coli outbreak (32 ill), National Coordinating Counsel, Kentucky

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  • 5.0/5.0 Review for Janet K. Meub by a Sole Practitioner on 05/30/17 in Medical Malpractice Defense

    I have known and been opposed by Ms. Meub for many years in medical malpractice litigation. At all times she has exhibited the utmost professionalism and her word has been her bond. She has been punctual and forthcoming in all matters of discovery... Read more

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    I have known and been opposed by Ms. Meub for many years in medical malpractice litigation. At all times she has exhibited the utmost professionalism and her word has been her bond. She has been punctual and forthcoming in all matters of discovery and before the court. She exemplifies the highest level of legal capabilities, professionalism and ethics. Read less

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    I have worked on two separate lawsuits in which Dave was opposing counsel. He is a great attorney, professional, fair and intelligent. He exemplifies how the law should be practiced.

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Diversity

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. is committed to promoting a work environment that fosters and enhances diversity. The firm believes in the importance of various backgrounds and experiences which lead to better team work, strong ideas, and superior understanding in the workplace and in the various areas of law. We know our clients have a diverse workforce and our efforts towards a diverse law firm will enable us to better serve our clients.

Some of the firm’s extensive diversity efforts include:
  • Developing a diversity committee of seven attorneys to review firm policies and initiatives regarding diversity.
  • Being one of eleven law firms to participate in the Allegheny County Bar Association Minority Hiring Initiative. The firm has been a member of this organization since its inception and participates in all meetings.
  • Participating in the Allegheny County Bar Association Summer Clerkship and Law Internship Program. Through this, Dickie McCamey hires first year minority students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Duquesne University School of Law for 12-week summer clerkships.
  • Taking part in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law LLM program, in which law school graduates from other countries are able to experience law practices in a United States context by interning at Pittsburgh law firms.
  • Attending diversity conferences and lectures including:
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association Diversity Conference
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Attorney Conference
    • Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association Regional Convention
  • Sponsoring a law student from Panama through the ACBA’s Hispanic Attorneys Committee to assist him in preparing his thesis on the differences in the systems of law in Panama and United States.

Dickie McCamey believes in providing and maintaining a diverse workforce for attorneys and staff. We provide fair and ethical treatment regardless one’s race, gender, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical disability.

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. is an equal opportunity employer.
 

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