Taschner has widely recognized expertise in handling complex claims that present challenging procedural and legal issues. More than a dozen cases undertaken by Dana have involved proceedings before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, and he has appeared before numerous governmental bodies and international organizations. Admitted to practice in over a dozen jurisdictions, Taschner has served as counsel in matters with proceedings or parties in over two dozen countries. Areas of practice include mass tort, product liability, environmental law, consumer protection, intellectual property, Internet, technology, business, privacy, and entertainment.
Product Liability, Mass Tort, Consumer Protection & Class Actions
Taschner is currently engaged in nationwide litigation involving the global recall of thousands of Depuy hip devices and surgical mesh medical devices. . For more than three decades, Taschnera has been involved in representing individuals or pursuing nationwide consumer claims in significant product liability and medical cases, including global medical device recalls, pharmaceutical drug recalls, unsafe vehicles and SUV rollovers, Birth Control Device Litigation, Diet Drug (Fen-Phen) Litigation, diabetes drug Rezulin Litigation, Sulzer Hip Implant Device Litigation, DePuy ASR Hip Device Litigation, and Transvaginal Mesh Medical Device Litigation, and Hernia Mesh Medical Device Litigation. Taschner also undertakes complex personal injury litigation involving brain injury, spinal cord injury, and birth defect litigation, and wrongful death. Taschner is often quoted in national news about product safety, consumer privacy and online security.
Taschner has been engaged in significant and complex environmental litigation, including claims related to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, regarded as one of the largest environmental disaster in US history with millions of gallons of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico and causing catastrophic damages to Gulf residents and the environment. Previous legal engagements involved pipelines transiting California State Lands and San Francisco Bay tideland areas.
Intellectual Property & Media
Taschner has involved technology, E-commerce, Internet, media, and entertainment. Dana has represented individuals, inventors, and businesses in matters and disputes throughout North America and before the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Dana has also represented actors, directors, producers, writers, recording artists, production and distribution companies in a wide variety of disputes in the United States, Canada and Europe. Taschner served as lead counsel in cases concerning E-commerce, trademark, copyright, patent, trade secrets, license rights, entertainment distribution, DVD and movie rights, net profits, privacy, Internet domain disputes, brand infringement and dilution, entertainment and film properties, music libraries and profits, software disputes, Internet security and hacker liability, and other intellectual property or Internet related disputes. The firm has roots in San Francisco/Silicon Valley working on a range of litigation and intellectual property disputes on behalf of domestic and international clients.
Business & Financial Litigation - International Arbitration
Taschner represents businesses in a variety of business disputes in the United States and abroad. Taschner has represented domestic and foreign companies in a range of litigation and arbitration, representing clients in a variety of industries including, investment, technology, media, film, music, airlines, beverage manufacturers, real estate companies and developers, textile manufacturers, shipping companies, hotel operators, mining, and others. One of the defining cases concerning international service of process on foreign nationals under the Hague Convention was successfully argued by Taschner and reported in Federal Rules Decisions. The case has been cited by the United States Courts of Appeal, the Hawaii Supreme Court, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology (Fall 2003). International arbitration or international business engagements include cases, parties, or proceedings in North America, Asia, Europe, Caribbean, Central America, Middle East, and Africa.
Taschner served as counsel in civil and criminal cases involving allegations of financial fraud and conspiracy, with proceedings in the United States and abroad. Taschner was appointed counsel in the criminal case the federal task force called "Operation Ice" involving charges of manufacturing and distribution of crystal methamphetamine, coordinated by federal law enforcement agencies and prosecuted by senior United States Attorneys affiliated with the Government's Drug Task Force. Taschner served as appointed counsel in several federal criminal matters before the District Courts, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the US Supreme Court.
Taschner has pursued compelling constitutional claims on behalf of individuals, groups, and survivors resulting in important national legislation. Taschner has prosecuted individual and class action claims before the United States trial and appellate courts, involving claims brought under the United States Constitution and various civil rights acts for underenforcement of domestic violence laws, racial profiling of Hispanic and African Americans, and failure to provide adequate medical care in detention centers. Taschner collaborated with elected officials in the United States and abroad concerning civil liberties and legislation.
Complex Proceedings, Class Actions, and International Litigation and Arbitration
Certain matters undertaken by Taschner involve complex domestic or international proceedings and/or involved millions of individuals. Certain matters have been best suited for class action or coordinated prosecution. Taschner has been involved in class actions and complex legal proceedings involving the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, Toyota Recall Litigation, pharmaceutical liability, medical device litigation, asbestos litigation, automotive recalls, technology and Internet litigation, electronic banking, financial or investment matters, and racial profiling, with parties or proceedings in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Washington, and Washington D.C., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Austria, Germany, Japan, Korea, China, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, The Philippines, England, Ireland, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Portugal, Italy, France, French Polynesia, Kiribati (Not admitted in all jurisdictions). Taschner has been involved in multiple international proceedings and arbitration matters in the United States and Abroad.