Product liability

We assist producers and their insurers, but also importers and suppliers and their insurers in legal issues related to this. These cases tend to be legally and factually complex, especially when they involve a product recall, in which case things can turn rather hectic.

Product liability cases present numerous interesting questions, such as:

            • Who is qualified as the producer (in some cases, the importer will qualify as such)?
            • What is actually the ‘state of the art’?
            • Could there be a limitation of liability?
            • What are the responsibilities and possible liabilities of the suppliers?
            • What are the possibilities to claim from suppliers?

Add to this is the fact that we live in a globalised world and then these types of issues often involve international aspects. As a consequence, one cannot only refer to The Netherlands and Dutch law; legal systems of other countries also need to be taken into consideration in making strategic choices.

And, last but not least, besides the private law rules and regulations, public law rules and regulations and public law regulators, such as the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) need to be taken into account.

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