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Product Liability

Product Liability
Jurisdictional Comparisons
Series:  The European Lawyer Ref Series
Practice Area:  Consumer Law, Tort
ISBN:  9780414031937
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
General Editor:Annette Hughes
Publication Date:  18 Jun 2014
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Hardback
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Product liability is an ever-growing area of legal practice, and area of risk for companies involved in the manufacture and supply of products, particularly consumer goods, all around the world.

In today’s international economy, product liability issues are necessarily cross border. It is critical for such companies to have a working knowledge of the laws on product liability across the jurisdictions into which their products or component parts reach.

Product liability laws or the practical application of those laws can vary greatly across jurisdictions – even across jurisdictions one would ordinarily expect to be aligned or coordinated. Further, governments around the world continue to grapple with the challenges posed by and regulation required around class actions and litigation funding, balancing the interests of plaintiffs to be compensated for their loss and damage, and the interests of manufacturers and suppliers, for whom awards of damages (never mind the costs of conducting such actions) may be devastating.

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1. Liability
2. Defences
3. Litigation of product liability disputes
4. Class actions/representative proceedings
5. Litigation funding
6. Remedies
7. Role of regulators
8. Emerging issues and law reform
9. Regulatory websites/information


Annette Hughes is known for her commercial and strategic advice and cool head in high stakes, critical regulatory and commercial litigation and dispute matters.

She provides that advice on matters ranging from risk management and regulatory compliance (including regarding corruption and bribery, product liability, trade practices) to complex and critical investigations, inquiries and commercial disputes.

Annette has acted on matters involving Amcor, Billabong, BHP Billiton, Coles Group, Dulux Group, Kraft, Fujitsu, Plantronics, and Rio Tinto. However, whether she is acting for multi-national entities or well-known Australian brands, Annette’s knowledge and approach inspires the ultimate trust in her solutions and advice.


Rod Freeman is an experienced product liability lawyer based in Hogan Lovells London office. He has been involved in most of the major product liability issues in recent times, including those involving products such as pharmaceuticals, vaccines, asbestos, tobacco, silicone breast implants, cosmetics, cars and automotive equipment, electrical and electronic products, machinery and sporting equipment.

He also advises many of the world's leading suppliers of consumer goods on EU product safety regulation, risk management and product recalls. Rod has particular expertise in complex multiple-claimant litigation, and in cases raising international issues.


Argentina – Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal
Australia – Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Brazil – ZISP Law
Canada – Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
China – Dacheng Law Offices
Denmark – Kromman Reumert
EU - Hogan Lovells
France – SCP Soulie & Coste-Floret
Germany – CMS Hasche Sigle
Indonesia – HHR Lawyers
Italy – Studio Legale Giorgetti
Japan – Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Korea – Kim & Chang
Sweden – Advokatfirman NorelidHolm
UK – Hogan Lovells

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