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Public perceptions of smart products: important findings for manufacturers and their insurers on perceived blame
Humans are attuned to the attribution of blame to other humans and their actions. Smart products however raise a unique question: “what happens when objects that are created to replace human action lead to undesired outcomes?”. The Office for Product Safety and Standards’ report ‘Public Perceptions of Smart Products’ published on 20 September 2021 aims to address this question. Its findings are of particular relevance to manufacturers and their insurers.
In July 2021, the then Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick unveiled further plans to reform building safety with the publication of an updated version of the Building Safety Bill 2021.
Following the publication of The Legal 500 UK 2022, we are proud to announce that the firm has once again achieved impressive rankings and recognition within the latest guide to leading law firms and lawyers.
The European Union Commission has recently proposed revisions to the 20-year-old General Product Safety Directive, an important legislative regime covering product safety and consumer protection.
Product liability risks for online marketplaces – an international comparison of litigation profiles
The number of internet users has increased exponentially over the last 10 years, as has the number of consumers using online platforms to satisfy their shopping needs. The COVID-19 pandemic has further amplified our online culture, contributing towards the ongoing debate as to what extent online marketplaces can be held liable for products sold by third parties.
The move towards US-style opt-out group claims becoming the norm in the UK took a huge step forward last month when the Competition Appeal Tribunal certified the first application for a collective proceedings order on an opt-out basis in Merricks v Mastercard .
In June 2021, the European Union Commission proposed revisions to a key piece of EU product safety and consumer protection - the General Product Safety Directive. The proposal seeks to align key frameworks with the changing landscape of consumer protection requirements as a result of globalisation, modernisation and the COVID-19 pandemic to provide the highest level of product safety and consumer protection.
We are delighted to announce that we have formed an association with Turkish law firm, Baysal & Demir. The two firms share a number of global and London Market clients and have worked together on several matters.
Technological innovation in the food industry: increasing quality control and preventing product liability claims and recalls
Technology is developing at rapid pace and no more so than in the food product industry. Artificial intelligence (AI) as utilised within the food industry was valued at around US$3 billion in 2020 and is predicted to grow to around 10 times that figure by 2026. This is indicative of an area with clear potential for transforming the way food is grown, produced, packaged and distributed, and how the associated risks are managed.
The 1985 EU Product Liability Directive (the Directive) sets out a regime of strict liability for defective products applicable to all EU Member States. Interpretation of what constitutes a “defect” remains essential in establishing liability. However, the Directive’s broad terms have been an area for considerable debate.