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The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2013) recognizes the expertise of our team and individual lawyers in Commercial Insurance, Directors’ and Officers’ Liability, Personal Injury, Product Liability and Professional Liability

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Product Liability

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The Product Liability Group has specific expertise in class action product liability cases, major mass tort cases, single product claims, warnings and recalls. Members of our group act as legal counsel for leading manufacturers in numerous industries. In addition, we have been retained by manufacturing corporations, insurers and industry associations to represent their interests in several high-profile coroners' investigations and inquests (i.e. public inquiries into the causes and issues surrounding deaths in various contexts) into product/equipment-related fatalities.

Product liability claims require a strategic approach in order to marshall the legal resources available to the client to settle or defend the claim effectively and to involve other parties, where appropriate, by way of insurance, contribution and indemnity. Success in product liability cases requires an understanding of highly technical issues and familiarity with diverse engineering disciplines. Such cases require simplification of complex issues so that they can be fully understood by a judge, along with the effective use of demonstrative exhibits and expert witnesses. Our team has the experience and acumen to know when claims should be settled rather than tried and will work with all parties to achieve rapid resolution of the conflict.

We have acted in cases involving a wide variety of products, including:

  • Agricultural equipment
  • Aircraft (fixed and rotary wing); aircraft engines and components
  • Automotive, including air bags, seatbelts, wheel assemblies and tires
  • Computer software
  • Electrical gear and batteries – e.g. electrical systems 
  • Elevators and elevating devices
  • Fibre optic cables
  • Fire-retardant fabrics
  • Food and beverage products
  • Forklift truck braking systems
  • Industrial resins and paint
  • Medical devices and pharmaceutical products
  • Power generators
  • Recreational products, sports equipment and swimming pools
  • Trains
  • Wood products, including trusses and siding

Please also see Insurance and Aviation.

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