Cozen O’Connor member John J. McDonough recently participated in the American Conference Institute’s (ACI) “Managing the Risks of Manufacturing in China” conference in Las Vegas, Nev. McDonough’s presentation, entitled “Case Study: Lessons Learned from the Pet Food Recall,” addressed the recent pet food recall, which was the first major recall stemming from Chinese products. He used the pet food companies that are currently facing recall-related litigation as templates for discussing the types of contracts these companies had in place with their Chinese manufacturers, the business and share losses suffered, the changes the companies have since made to their quality assurance processes, and the lawsuits, regulatory sanctions and penalties these companies are now facing.
McDonough is vice chair of the General Litigation Department and focuses his practice, both nationally and internationally, on commercial litigation and complex insurance defense matters including directors' and officers' liability, errors and omissions litigation, complex product liability matters, and mass tort litigation. He specializes in catastrophic injury cases arising from toxic exposures including asbestos, benzene and lead, construction accidents, medical malpractice, professional liability, food liability including labeling liability and integrity of contents, multi-district litigation and class action litigation, food borne biohazards such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease), mercury and Diacetyl. McDonough’s practice includes advice on complex insurance and reinsurance matters, including London LMX business, for major foreign reinsurers and involvement in complex insurance and reinsurance disputes.
McDonough is a frequent author and lecturer for many organizations, including the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Torts and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the New York State Bar Association, the Defense Association of New York (DANY), and the American Conference Institute. McDonough was a member of the board of directors of the DRI (1997-2001); president of the DANY (1997-1998); chairman of the board of directors of the DANY (1998-1999). He has been editor-in-chief of The Defendant, the quarterly journal of DANY, since 1989 and is a member of FDCC.
A resident of Dix Hills, N.Y., McDonough earned his undergraduate degree (B.A., 1976) from Boston College and his law degree from the New England School of Law (J.D., 1979). He is admitted to practice in New York.