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Australia: It’s Time to Get Efficient, Honest and Fair. Or Else.

On 12 March 2019, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Strengthening Corporate And Financial Sector Penalties) Act 2019 received assent after passing both houses of Parliament....

Global Legal Guide for Luxury & Fashion Companies

Despite geopolitical shifts, uncertainty and various factors that seem to affect numerous sectors, the global luxury and fashion industry has tripled in the last...

Product Liability and Safety Post Brexit: Draft Legislation Published

The UK Government has over 10,000 civil servants currently preparing for Brexit. Whilst the terms of Brexit remain uncertain, the Government is nevertheless pushing forward...

Update – Key UK Court decision on the meaning of “defect” in the Product...

The UK High Court adjudicated on the matter of "defective" hip implants. In doing so the High Court took a strict, and arguably more manufacturer friendly, approach.

Update on the European Product Liability Directive – Still Alive & Kicking

The European Commission has determined that, in broad terms, the Product Liability Directive, which has been in place for over 30 years, is still fit for purpose but requires further work.

UK Product Recall Code of Practice Launched

7 March 2018 saw the long-awaited public launch of the UK Government’s new Code of practice on consumer product safety related recalls and other corrective actions.

Baker McKenzie releases 4th Edition of Global Product Recall Handbook

The 4th edition of the Global Product Recall Handbook is now available with unique information on product recall laws and regulations for consumer products around the world.

EU: Injunctions and Collective Redress: A New Deal For Consumers?

Following the Injunctions Directive, the European Commission seeks ways to increase the availability collective civil litigation across the EEA while avoiding the US-style excess in class litigation.

The vaccine liability case – ECJ lowers the standard of proof

In a recent judgment, the ECJ held that where there is a lack of scientific consensus, proving that a vaccine is defective may be established by "serious, specific and consistent" evidence, so long as national courts ensure that the burden of proof is not being disregarded.

Progress on product safety – UK Government publishes recommendations of its Working Group

The tragic Grenfell Tower firebrings into sharp focus the importance of having an effective product safety system in place. Prior to this event, the UK Government was already reviewing the UK's product safety and recall system.

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