Criminal Liability for Defective Products

Herbert Smith Freehills has contributed to the Global Legal Group’s latest international guide, ICLG to: Product Liability 2019.  Read the chapter on Criminal Liability for Defective Products by Howard Watson, Anthony Dempster and David Bennett here.   Read more


Following on from Wilkes v DePuy International Ltd [2016] EWHC 3096 (QB), the High Court has confirmed the approach to be taken when determining whether a product is defective under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (“the Act”). In Gee & Others v DePuy International Limited [2018] EWHC 1208 (QB) (“the Pinnacle Metal Hip Litigation”), Mrs … Read more

Fipronil egg scare: implications for corporates

On 7 August 2017 the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) announced that 21,000 eggs imported into the UK from farms in Belgium and the Netherlands were contaminated with the pesticide Fipronil.  The number of contaminated eggs imported into the UK is now estimated at 700,000 and around 70 different products containing … Read more

2017 Australian Consumer Law Review

Key takeaways that every business should know Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) has undertaken the first review of the ACL since its inception in 2011 and has released its final report. Herbert Smith Freehills have summarised below the key legislative proposals that all businesses should be aware of. Read more

European Commission finds that consumer protection legislation is fit for purpose but needs to be applied consistently across EU member states to maximise its effectiveness

The "Fitness Check" The European Commission has conducted a "Fitness Check" of six key consumer protection and advertising protection directives: The Misleading and Comparative Advertising Directive (2006/114/EC) – which prohibits advertising that misleads traders and regulates comparative advertising. The Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (2005/29/EC) – which prohibits misleading and aggressive commercial practices. The Price Indication … Read more

Developments in New York products liability law

In this article, we present a summary of significant products liability cases from October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016. Our article covers a range of developments concerning failure to warn claims, the exercise of personal jurisdiction, federal preemption, expert testimony as to causation, the learned intermediary doctrine, and class actions. Read more

UK Government releases response to Driverless Cars Consultation – January 2017

In January 2017 the UK Government published its response to the views received following its consultation on proposals to support Automated Vehicle Technology ("AVT") and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems ("ADAS"). The project is aimed at overcoming domestic regulatory issues that might be encountered by British citizens and businesses. Read more