Benjamin Schulte guides his clients through complex product liability cases: defending civil claims both in and out of court in Germany, coordinating the worldwide defence across jurisdictions, as well as ensuring an integrated management of the civil matters with the regulatory, criminal and public relations matters that often accompany such cases. Benjamin understands the challenges of a consistent approach to all aspects of product liability cases and uses his experience in defending complex multi-jurisdictional cases for the benefit of his clients. Defending claims in the courtroom alone nowadays does not solve the clients' problems when facing high-profile product liability cases.
Due to changes in the media and litigation environment, these are today as well being tried in the global and heavily media-influenced court of public opinion. Benjamin advises his clients on these broader aspects of their cases, in particular he assists them in communicating strategically – with the media, the public, the authorities or any other stakeholders. Benjamin joined Hogan Lovells in 2006. Since then he has advised international and German clients with regard to product liability and regulatory issues, product safety and recalls – mainly in the life sciences industry.
To best counsel the clients, Benjamin works hand-in-hand not only with his point of contact within the companies' legal department, but also with his clients' engineering, science and medical teams, its communications department, as well as additional external experts (e.g. scientists, media agencies) and counsel (e.g. criminal counsel, local counsel in other jurisdictions). Benjamin advises his clients in German, English and French.
Areas of Focus
Advising a German DAX 30 company on an internal compliance investigation in more than 50 countries worldwide including criminal law charges.
Advising an international manufacturer of medical devices on product liability claims with regard to hip implants including representation of the client in court.
Advising a class III medical device manufacturer after the worldwide product withdrawal with regard to product safety and product liability issues.
Assisting a vaccines company with the defense against damage & information claims re a HPV vaccine and representing the client in court proceedings.
Global defense of TÜV Rheinland against liability claims resulting from allegedly inappropriate certification of breast implant manufacturer P.I.P.
Defending and coordinating the defence for a leading pharmaceutical company in more than 27 countries after the voluntary product withdrawal.