Product Liability: strategies for avoidance and management

Hogan Lovells in partnership with the Association of Corporate Counsel Europe (ACC Europe) brings you the fourth in our complimentary webinar series focusing on the latest legal issues for in-house counsel in Europe.


Regulatory risks for product manufacturers are increasing exponentially around the world, with Europe and the USA leading the revolution.  The new guidelines for product recalls and risk assessments by the EU Commission and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act in the U.S. present just two recent examples.

Over the last decade, product liability litigation has also become a global phenomenon. Plaintiffs' lawyers and consumer groups are using improved access to information and better means of communication to interact on an international level. This goes hand in hand with increased interest of the media and public prosecutors in the various affected countries. Cases that have to be dealt with on an international level - with a demand for a consistent and seamless approach of the respective companies - are becoming more and more frequent.

To meet these new challenges facing international companies, in-house lawyers have to not only ensure that their businesses are well-equipped to meet the various regulatory requirements, but they also need to understand the practical implications of the ongoing changes, and be able to predict where the trends are leading.  These issues also need to be factored in when preparing for, and addressing the challenges of litigation.


  • Practical tips on avoiding a product liability lawsuit
  • Immediate steps to take to control damages when a lawsuit arises
  • Practical solution for multi-jurisdictional product liability lawsuits (focus on Germany, France, UK and the U.S.)
  • Recent and future trends and cases

Speaker panel

  • Co-chairs: Gefion Hauer, General Counsel, HEAD Sports GROUP and Benoît Taymans, Legal Counsel, Borealis AG
  • Speakers: Partners in Hogan Lovells' product liability group, including Lauren Colton (U.S.), Cécile Derycke (France), Rod Freeman (UK) and Sebastian Lach (Germany)

Who should attend

ACC Europe members; In-house counsel of international companies based in / with responsibility for Europe.


UK participants: Members of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority are accredited 1 CPD hour.
US participants: Please provide your State Bar Identification Number to be accredited 1 CLE hour.

About the European Webinar Series

Hogan Lovells in partnership with ACC Europe is delighted to offer a brand new, complimentary lunchtime webinar series focusing on the latest legal issues for in-house counsel in Europe today. From the comfort and convenience of your office, each webinar will bring together an experienced panel of speakers from across Europe, including Hogan Lovells lawyers and ACC Europe representatives, to discuss a topical area of law. Webinar topics will come from a broad range of practice areas, including data privacy, corporate and commercial, competition and IP, and will highlight the latest legal issues, as well as draw upon recent case studies to discuss the practical and commercial implications for business.

About ACC Europe

ACC Europe serves in-house attorneys in Europe through networking, knowledge sharing, continuing legal education and advocacy on behalf of the in-house profession. ACC Europe is a chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the premier association for in-house counsel.

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