Product liability, recall and mass tort
Our global reach enables us to deal effectively with claims wherever and whenever they arise in the world.
Kennedys has a market leading product liability, recall and mass tort litigation practice across the Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East.
We act for parties along the entire supply chain and have in-depth expertise in high-profile and complex matters involving a wide range of products including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, petrochemicals, engineering and heavy construction equipment, household and electrical goods, foodstuffs and auto products serial losses.
Our clients are manufacturers, leading retailers and suppliers, as well as their insurers and reinsurers.
Our product liability expertise
We have in-depth knowledge of all aspects of product liability and regularly advise on:
- Legal liability and exposure
- Contractual liability including limitations under exclusions and warranties
- Cross-border and multi-jurisdictional issues
- International claims, including acting as monitoring counsel
- Policy drafting and interpretation
- Reputational risks
- Insurance coverage advice.
Product recall and mass tort litigation
We have highly specialist teams that focus on providing bespoke advice on recall and regulatory issues, mass tort and group claims management, insurance coverage and defence.
We are leaders in life sciences, focusing on pharmaceuticals, medical devices and clinical trials. Our wide-ranging practice also involves other types of large mass claims arising in connection with foodstuffs, chemicals, engineering, consumer and other products.
We have particular strength in managing the defence of multi-national cross-border claims around the world, acting as coordinating or ‘lead’ counsel to ensure our client’s response is consistent and controlled around the globe.
Our services include:
- First response strategy
- Regulatory advice
- Reserving and financial projections
- Claims management and dispute resolution
- Group litigation
- Global claims coordination through our integrated network of Kennedys and associated offices
- Risk mapping and simulations
- Reputation management
- Insurance coverage advice
We also team up with external specialists and, as project managers, integrate their input. By managing this process, as matters develop, we save our clients the inconvenience of managing multiple service providers in demanding situations. Full collaboration across the offices and individuals in the firm ensures clients receive the earliest possible benefit from the firm’s expertise.
Kennedys secures major ruling for manufacturers and insurers in landmark group litigation
DePuy International Ltd’s ULTAMET® Metal-on-Metal (MOM) Articulation, a total hip replacement prosthesis, is not defective under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (the Act), the High Court has ruled today in a decision likely to affect many hundreds of other claims against manufacturers of MOM hip implants in the UK and the EU generally.Read more