Stephanie A. Hingle

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Stephanie.Hingle@KutakRock.com

Ms. Hingle represents and coordinates litigation for Fortune 500 corporations and other business organizations in complex civil litigation with an emphasis on pharmaceutical, toxic tort, product liability, food safety and consumer litigation. She serves as national counsel to a major American manufacturer for whom she implements national litigation strategy for six separate substance exposure dockets comprising thousands of cases in approximately 25 different states. Ms. Hingle also has experience coordinating federal MDL and California state MDL proceedings (called “Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings”) from a near decade-long pharmaceutical litigation on behalf of a leading provider of Gadolinium-based contrast agents.

In the area of product liability defense, Ms. Hingle’s experience includes representing clients in high-exposure cases involving wrongful death or catastrophic injuries. She has defended diverse products including food products (beef, ginger, frozen meals, and candy), prescription drugs, industrial equipment (turbines, generators, wire and cable, wood presses, saws, forklifts and tractors), chemical and medical devices (fertilizers, benzene, solvents, rubber, aerosols, latex gloves and medi-screws), automotive products (trucks, passenger cars, SUVs, motorcycles, mobile homes and tires), and child care products (carriers, child restraint seats and bottles).

Ms. Hingle has handled more than 150 cases in California State and Federal courts involving California’s Unfair Competition laws (“BPC” sections 17200 and 17500) and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (“CLRA”). She has experience working on several high profile class action matters, including the successful defense of a motion to certify class action and subsequent appeal in a matter involving allegations of deceptive and deficient warnings related to several models of Honda vehicles.

Ms. Hingle's appellate decisions include:

  • Squire v. Evans Trucking (not certified for publication) (Order allowing substitute expert witness testimony at trial upheld by the California Court of Appeal, Second District)
  • Rico v. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, et al., (2004) 116 Cal. App. 4th 51 (Order disqualifying plaintiffs' counsel for improper use of work product affirmed on appeal)
  • Alan v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., (Aug. 2, 2005) California Court of Appeal, Second District (certified for partial publication) (Order denying class certification upheld and appeal dismissed)

Ms. Hingle's representative trial experience includes:

  • Squire v. Evans Trucking, et al., Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles, Southwest District, Case No. YC033623 (personal injury)
  • Rostran v. Hilton Hotels, Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles, Central District, Case No. BC 177501 (product liability)
  • Vandenberg v. Honda Motor Co., Inc., Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles, Southwest District, Case No. YC034354 (wrongful death)
  • Ramsperger v. Subaru of America, Inc., Superior Court for the County of San Bernardino, Case No. RCV059040 (commercial warranty)
  • Carter v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Case No. CV02-5208 (RJB) JKA (product liability)
  • Burnett v. Ford Motor Company, Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles, Case No. YC051014 (product liability)

 Ms. Hingle’s representative coordination experience includes:

  • In Re Gadolinium Products Liability Cases JCCP No. 4546, San Francisco Superior Court (pharmaceutical)
  • In Re MARDOC Docket, MDL No. 875, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (toxic tort)