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Product Liability

We have one of New Zealand's leading product liability practices. Our experienced product liability specialists work with clients to help prevent problems before they occur. We advise our clients on their responsibilities and assist them to put in place effective compliance measures.

We further assist clients to resolve sensitive and difficult issues such as contamination scares, product recalls, and business and personal injury claims.

Our experienced product liability litigators have acted on matters involving products as diverse as agricultural chemicals, building products, electronics, food and beverage products, and pharmaceuticals.

Our expertise in New Zealand enables us to act for international clients. We often collaborate with manufacturers, distributors, insurers, and other lawyers overseas. We have recently acted on product liability matters for major multinational corporations based in Australia, Austria, China, Finland, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Examples of our work

  • We have successfully made ground-breaking jurisdictional protests in cross-border "direct recourse" claims against our client, an overseas product liability insurer. The New Zealand Court of Appeal upheld the protest in Ludgater v Gerling in September 2009
  • Acting for a multinational in multiple product liability claims in the horticultural industry
  • Acting for major multinational corporations in relation to product safety investigations by New Zealand regulators and in relation to product recalls
  • Acting for the defendant in Kroma v TridonicAtco and Ayr Management v TridonicAtco until the claims were ultimately discontinued by the plaintiffs