Deborah Lee-Germain

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Ms. Lee-Germain is Of Counsel to Olivarez Madruga Lemieux O’Neill and has participated in civil litigation disputes involving, among other matters, general liability, personal injury, product liability, pharmaceutical and medical devices, the Unfair Business Practices Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Information Practices Act and the Fair Housing and Employment Act.

She has participated in many cases designated as Multi-District Litigation relating to various pharmaceutical and medical device products.

Ms. Lee-Germain has been responsible for the managing and handling of all aspects of litigation, including preparation and practice involving pleadings, written discovery, deposition discovery including experts, procedural and dispositive motions, settlement conferences, mediations, arbitrations and trials.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
  • L-Tryptophan Multi-District Litigation

Defended manufacturer of supplement in a national product liability action where multiple plaintiffs from around the country alleged that their use of L-Tryptophan resulted in injury.

  • Havner v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer in a products liability action where plaintiff alleged that her birth defects resulted from her mother’s ingestion of Bendectin during pregnancy.

  • Wilson v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer in a products liability action where plaintiff alleged that her birth defects were caused by her mother’s ingestion of Bendectin during pregnancy.

  • Gandy v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer in a products liability action where plaintiff alleged that his birth defects were caused by his mother’s use of Clomid during pregnancy.

  • Lust v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer in a products liability action where plaintiff alleged that his birth defects were caused by his mother’s use of Clomid during pregnancy.

  • Cowart v. Smith & Nephew Richards

Defended medical device manufacturer where plaintiff alleges that his hipi mplant was defective.

  • Martin v. Baxter Healthcare

Defended medical device manufacturer where plaintiff alleged defendant’s heart valve was defective.

  • Solomon v. Marion Merrell Dow

Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer where plaintiff alleged her injuries  were caused by her use of defendant’s product.

  • Wenzel v. Marion Merrell Dow, County of Los Angeles & Harbor UCLA Research Institute

Represented pharmaceutical manufacturer and hospital in an action involving a clinical trial where plaintiff, a participant in the trial, alleged injury by the tested pharmaceutical.

  • Wilson v. California Clinical Trials, Upjohn

Represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in an action where plaintiff alleged she was injured during a clinical trial for defendant’s new drug application.

  • Aldaz v. Nestle Food Corp.

Represented manufacturer in a products liability action where plaintiffs claimed that defendant’s food product contained PCP, which was ingested by them.

  • Villarreal v. Robert E. McKee, Inc.

Represented general contractor in a personal injury matter where one of its subcontractor’s employees was injured on the project site in a scaffolding accident.

  • Ho Yun Ho v. Robert E. McKee, Inc.

Represented general contractor in a personal injury matter where an employee of the owner was injured in a slip and fall.

  • Parker v. Robert E. McKee, Inc.

Represented the general contractor in a personal injury matter where an employee of the owner was injured in a slip and fall.

  • Kobelt v. GTE Corp, Plastic Services and Products

Represented the manufacturer of PVC piping where plaintiff was injured in a construction accident.

  • Evans v. Proctor and Gamble

Represented manufacturer of a product in a Business and Professions Code § 17200 false and misleading advertising/deceptive Business Practices Act matter.

  • In re TMJ Litigation

Represented a manufacturer of Teflon, a bulk supplier, where plaintiffs alleged that they were injured by co-defendant’s TMJ implant.

  • In re Toyota Litigation

Participated in discovery process, specifically depositions of OSI, involving similar incidents of people who had acceleration issues with their Toyotas and Lexuses.

PUBLICATIONS
  • Foreign Deposition Hazards, National Law Journal, November 1994
EDUCATION
  • Pepperdine School of Law, J.D., 1990 — Pepperdine Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
  • San Diego State University, B.A., Political Science 1987
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
  • State Bar of California (1990)
  • All U.S. District Courts of California

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