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Canadian Product Liability Law

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Ideas and resources on product liability law


Stikeman Elliott’s product liability practice consists of skilful and accomplished practitioners who are consistently recognized nationally and internationally, and have earned a reputation as market leaders in Canada for their in-depth knowledge and expertise in the defence of major claims involving highly technical issues.

The product liability practice members represent a Canadian and international client base that includes manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, suppliers, end users and their respective insurers. The members bring a wide range of experience to the practice, including defending class action product liability claims, major tort claims, single product claims, designing recalls and drafting product warnings.  This experience allows our practitioners to aggressively defend large complex matters, including particularly claims that may threaten the reputation, or even future prospects, of affected clients.

In addition to litigation, our product liability lawyers counsel clients regarding the preventative measures they should take to avoid liability claims and provide advice on regulatory compliance, e-commerce and jurisdiction, defective design, advertising and media, insurance issues, and product labelling and warnings.

Through our national network of offices our practice members defend class action lawsuits across Canada for a number of diverse industry sectors, such as:

  • construction;
  • manufacturing plants;
  • industrial equipment;
  • oil and gas facilities;
  • consumer products;
  • pet food;
  • pharmaceutical;
  • medical devices;
  • food and beverage;
  • aviation; and
  • automotive.

Members of the product liability practice have extensive trial and appellate experience and are regularly retained to act in a wide range of proceedings, from motions and applications to complex trials and appeals at all levels of provincial and federal courts. Members appear regularly before various regulators, boards, tribunals, arbitration panels, commissions of inquiry and the governing bodies of a range of institutions and professional disciplines.

For more information, please visit our website.