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With an extensive roster of reputable clients, Hogan Lovells International LLP frequently handles complex product liability, product safety and product compliance proceedings. The team’s broad industry knowledge leads to a steady stream of instructions from automotive, chemical, electronics, energy and consumer goods industry players, which are frequently handled by Sebastian Polly, while Ina Brock and Matthias Schweiger, who was made partner in January 2017, are well versed in dealing with life sciences sector work including pharmaceutical and medical device-related matters. Among other work, this expertise was demonstrated by handling the worldwide defence of TÜV Rheinland and its affiliated companies against liability claims for the alleged improper certification of the French breast implants manufacturer Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP).

Noerr has a fine reputation in the market and is particularly rated for its automotive sector expertise: team head Michael Molitoris represented the German and EMEA companies of an international automotive supplier in a product liability procedure concerning passenger protection systems, including proceedings on recalls and recourse claims. The team also acted for another global automotive supplier in out-of-court negotiations and mediation with a car manufacturer for product liability and warranty claims on air conditioner condensers, and, with Thomas Klindt and associated partner Susanne Wende in the lead, the practice also assisted a home appliance manufacturer in a worldwide product recall. MAN Diesel & Turbo received advice on product liability matters including product recalls for the two business units Truck & Bus and Diesel & Turbo, while a major German toy manufacturer instructed the team to defend against recall requests brought by German and French market surveillance authorities for supposedly dangerous toys.

Bach Langheid Dallmayr’s team applies its insurance law expertise in contentious national and international product liability proceedings, predominately acting for insurers: Martin Alexander and Marcel Hohagen defended a liability insurer in several product liability proceedings in the food and animal feed industries, and, together with Rainer Büsken, Hohagen advised an industrial insurer on internationally marketed medical devices. Other work included advice on dioxin-contaminated animal feed and recalls.

With a focus on medical, pharmaceutical, food and manufacturing sector work, CMS’ Jens Wagner assisted the medical device manufacturer DePuy with matters pertaining to its voluntary recall of ADEPT and ASR hip implants, while, counsel Patrick Müller-Sartori has been handling a recall instruction for a food industry client. Harald Potinecke heads the team, which lost counsel Thomas Grünvogel to Osborne Clarke.

Manufacturing companies frequently instruct Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer with cross-border product liability litigation. Highlights included representing Volkswagen and several of its subsidiaries in a number of product-related civil claims, and advising various global companies on cyber-security and product liability matters pertaining to its digitalisation strategy.Thomas Kreifels and Moritz Becker are recommended.

Benefiting from the firm’s insurance law expertise, Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner’s product liability team provides a broad range of services including assistance with product recalls, which frequently feature international elements. Carsten Laschet represented a company in a product liability dispute with a supplier in the context of several construction projects, while the ‘very experienced’ Tobias Lenz assisted a company with a worldwide recall.

Gleiss Lutz receives regular instructions from German manufacturing companies and health sector clients on medical device and industrial goods-related matters. Frequently, this includes product recalls and the assertion of product liability recourse claims, which are often dealt with by Eric Wagner.

Taylor Wessing is particularly active for companies in the consumer goods, pharmaceutical and medical technology sectors alongside the automotive industry. Philipp Behrendt has been representing a German manufacturer of textile equipment in an ICC arbitration for alleged faulty non-woven textile product equipment. In other significant work, Henning Moelle acted as international lead counsel for the pharmaceutical company Grünenthal in its international defence against product liability claims for alleged birth defects caused by thalidomide. Moelle’s expertise also includes product recalls.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH has significant expertise in the automotive, mechanical engineering, electronics, chemicals, textiles and logistics sectors. Recent highlights include Volker Steimle’s representation of an international manufacturer of tractors and combine harvesters in product liability litigation, and the representation of a manufacturer of electric tools before the regulatory authority in proceedings on product safety requirements. He also advised a motorcycle manufacturer on product liability and product safety issues.

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