Attorneys Information Exchange Group, Inc. (AIEG)
The Attorneys Information Exchange Group is a multi-service cooperative, organized by plaintiff attorneys to assist one another in the preparation and trial of a variety of product defect cases. A non-profit organization, the AIEG devotes all of its revenue to expanding and upgrading both its resources and services to member attorneys. Membership is limited to active members of the American Association for Justice who represent plaintiffs in product defect cases.
The AIEG's primary objective is to afford plaintiff's attorneys the same benefit of collaborative effort in product defect cases which defense attorneys have long enjoyed. Toward that end, the organization maintains four databases containing defect specific materials: (1) technical papers, (2) law data (motions, briefs, etc.), (3) depositions and trial transcripts and (4) a compilation of attorney selected documents (including the manufacturer's internal documents) of special significance.
Moreover, the AIEG encourages the exchange of ideas through its seminars, newsletter, and organized networking activities. By supporting member attorneys case preparations, giving them the means to detect manufacturers' discovery abuses in similar cases, the AIEG ultimately works to benefit not only individual litigants, but the administration of justice.
The AIEG's origins date back to the mid 1970's, when several plaintiffs counsel began compiling an extensive body of technical research and literature regarding post-crash fuel systems litigation. Faced with virtual refusal by manufacturers to provide full information under the rules of discovery, the attorneys developed an informal network for exchanging the information and experience.
Recognizing the benefit of a formalized collaborative effort, those founding members in 1980 organized the Attorneys Information Exchange Group. Through reputation and achievement, the organization steadily attracted many of the nation's leading product defect-litigation authorities. Membership currently numbers several hundred attorneys, contributing thousands of documents related to product defects.
Building from its library of member-contributed documents and research, the AIEG's expanded information banks encompass virtually all areas of auto safety (as well as child restraints, and helmets). The AIEG's technology-intensive facilities offer members unprecedented access to the organization's resources.
Membership in the AIEG affords opportunities for exchanging information, ideas, and experiences with other leading plaintiff attorneys handling similar cases—arguably on a more consistent basis than any organization in existence. Members are encouraged to network, through the organization's staff—who can identify and locate those member attorneys also handling cases involving similar defects.
The AIEG regularly publishes the Litigation Bulletin, a newsletter updating new developments in products law—including unpublished decisions, jury verdicts, recalls, and the promulgation of safety standards.
Finally, AIEG seminars explore, in depth and detail, the critical issues related to the organization's areas of product defect litigation expertise.
Distributed to all members, the AIEG's handbooks give comprehensive overviews of the product case classifications for which the organization maintains significant amounts of technical information. These valuable reference guides are updated periodically, and provide excellent groundwork instructions for the preparation and trial of cases.
To qualifiy for membership in AIEG, an applicant must:
Be an attorney licensed to practice in one or more states
Certify that neither the applicant nor any member of his/her law firm have in the past or do at the present represent any entity responsible for the design, manufacture, or distribution of products
Be a member in good standing of the American Association for Justice and the applicant's State Trial Lawyers Association
Agree to be bound by and comply with the obligations of AIEG's Corporate Documents and Bylaws
The AIEG maintains the character of its organization by setting forth certain obligations which all members are expected to uphold. Those seeking membership must complete a questionnaire regarding product cases handled by the applicant's firm. AIEG members agree to exercise due diligence in assisting the organization in furthering its purposes. Members are also obligated to furnish to the AIEG materials suitable and appropriate for deposit in the Work Product Document Banking System (WPDBS) database.