Product liability and safety
Gleiss Lutz is a recognised leader when it comes to advising on product liability and safety, with decades of experience in these areas. Dealing with product liability and safety issues generally requires expertise in civil, public and criminal law. As one of the few full service law firms in Germany, we can draw on the specialist knowledge of top-rate lawyers from a wide range of legal fields, providing clients with highest quality advice on all aspects of product liability.
We have extensive experience in handling some of the industry’s most significant product liability proceedings, having, for example, secured a German Supreme Court ruling on defective nursing beds – its most important decision on product recalls to date.
Our services range from advising on prevention and developing risk avoidance and recall strategies, to providing product safety and certification advice, preparing and negotiating quality assurance agreements, handling insurance coverage disputes and litigating product liability cases. We manage and coordinate global recalls, and help companies successfully weather crises. We also help avoid miscommunication with authorities in Germany and abroad and mitigate the risk of criminal and administrative offences.
Product liability litigation
Product warnings and recalls
Quality assurance (QA) agreements
Companies launching new products must often navigate a maze of both national and international requirements and guidelines. We oversee and ensure our clients’ compliance with product regulations at all stages of the product life cycle, including conducting risk assessment and conformity assessment procedures, meeting notification requirements and communicating with the relevant domestic and foreign authorities, as well as dealing with intervention by public authorities. more