Croft Discusses European Product Liability Litigation Developments

Shook, Hardy & Bacon London Partner Sarah Croft has authored an article appearing in the February 2014 issue of The In-House Lawyer. Titled “Product liability developments in 2013: what they mean for your business,” the article summarizes rulings in cases from the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, and France involving construction equipment, medical devices and breast implants. Croft also considers calls for improving the traceability of medical devices in light of the scandal affecting hundreds of women implanted with defective breast implants, new EU safety surveillance reforms and the consequences of product manufacturer bankruptcies on plaintiffs seeking compensation.

There has been wide reporting throughout the year on the question of the effectiveness of recalls, with commentators highlighting that even the best run recalls may not reach all consumers with the product in question.