Kurt’s clients benefit from his confidence and tenacious drive. The breadth of his experience as a young lawyer has enabled Kurt, many years later, to handle a wide array of mass tort claims and litigation and consistently achieve his clients’ objectives -- whether through a jury verdict, judge’s order, or out of court resolution. Kurt’s clients have also reaped the benefit of his hard won knowledge from appearances in courtrooms and proceedings all across the United States, having taken more than ten different cases to a jury verdict in the last six years. Kurt also has extensive experience defending his manufacturing, retail, and food & beverage clients in class actions and MDLs. He has defended against a wide array of claims including personal injury, property damage and economic loss.
In addition to being a highly-regarded mass tort trial lawyer, Kurt leads Womble Bond Dickinson’s Food, Beverage & Agriculture Team. He counsels agricultural product and consumer goods companies on labeling and marketing issues and provides guidance to food industry clients on such issues as food-borne illness responses and marketing to children.
Throughout his career, Kurt has also advised clients on marketing issues including guidance documents and regulations issued by the Federal Trade Commission, the National Advertising Division of the Council of the Better Business Bureau, and under statutes designed to protect children including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
Kurt is often called upon to use his analytical skills to provide clients with case valuation opinions in high-dollar cases (not being handled by Womble Bond Dickinson) involving possible damages as well as medical/scientific factors for litigation strategy, mediation/settlement benchmarking, and corporate reserve setting.
Kurt’s clients have global footprints and worldwide concerns including multinational companies such as R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Fresenius Medical Care, Eaton Corporation, and John Deere.
Presentations and Publications
- A Scientific Look at the Impact of Sugar, FDLI Food Advertising, Labeling, and Litigation Conference, September 26, 2019.
- Understanding the Legal Reqiurements for Food Labeling and Responsibilities for Labeling Nutritional Content and Allergens, BRCGS Food Safety Americas Conference, May 22, 2019.
- Kurt Weaver and Katherine Briel, Lawyers Can No Longer Be Anti-Social!, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, Nov. 27, 2018
- Developing Strategies for the Dietary Supplement Industry to Address GMO Labeling Laws and Prepare for a Possible Federal Standard, American Conference Institute/Council for Responsible Nutrition, 4th Regulatory and Compliance Forum on Dietary Supplements, June 28, 2016
- Obesity and Food ‘Addiction:’ Are Sugar, Salt and Fat the New Nicotine, 2014 FDA & USDA Compliance Boot Camp, September 29, 2014
- When Regulation Can Lead to Litigation: Top Issues in Food and Dietary Supplements, DRI/2014 Products Liability Annual Meeting, April 10, 2014
- The Management of Outside Counsel & The Use of Virtual Law Firms, NC CLE Symposium/WCSR, May 8, 2012
Civic and Professional Activities
- Member, Food & Drug Law Institute
- Associate Member, Counsel for Responsible Nutrition
- Committee Member, American Bar Association Committee on Food, Cosmetics & Nutraceuticals
- Chairman of the Board, United Way of the Greater Triangle (2010-2011); Board of Directors (2004-2012)
- Leadership Raleigh XVII
- Inductee, Leadership Raleigh Hall of Fame (2012)
Honors and Awards
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (BL Rankings), Commercial Litigation, 2018 – Present
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- Defended consumer products manufacturers in 12 high-stakes personal injury jury trials in recent years. Millions of dollars were at stake in each case, and Weaver served as first chair lawyer in 11 of the 12. The average trial length was three weeks and all involved compensatory and punitive damages.
- Help manufacturers comply with Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements involving reporting, recalls, warnings, and other regulatory concerns.
- Counsel global insurers, food retailers, and supplement manufacturers on defensive strategies, expert retention, and exposure risks involving consumer products and alleged injury claims.
- Represent a Fortune Global 500 medical services company in internal investigations, strategic defense options, and potential liability assessments.
- Obtained a $24 million sanctions award against Kansas City’s largest hospital system for discovery misconduct in the largest case ever tried in the Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis, Missouri.
- Obtained a complete defense verdict for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a business tort case brought by 37 Missouri hospitals claiming $477 million in unreimbursed healthcare costs plus punitive damages.
- Defended Walmart in litigation where statewide class action status was sought for 180,000 plaintiffs; won on appeal affirmation of the trial court’s denial of class action status. Harrison, et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., et al., 613 S.E.2d 322 (N.C. Ct. App. 2005).
- Defended R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in various types of personal injury litigation and cases seeking to recover health care costs filed by hospitals, cities, and others. See, e.g., Owens Corning v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 868 So.2d 331 (Miss. 2004).