Your recreational product manufacturing client forwards you a complaint in a new lawsuit or a claim letter for a new matter. Immediately, you notice that not only is your client a defendant, but a recreational product dealer is also being sued. What implications does the dealer’s involvement in the matter have on your defense of the case for the manufacturer?

When defending a recreational product manufacturer in a co-defendant dealer case, engage the dealer and its counsel early. Work together to exchange information about the case and develop consistent and complementary defense themes. The plaintiff is the only party who wins when the manufacturer and dealer attack each other. Defend the product, minimize finger pointing at co-defendants, and make the plaintiff do the work to prove his or her claims.

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