Practice Profile

Product Liability

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Product liability litigation in Canada is in a constant state of development. With the recent adoption of class action legislation in various provinces, copycat litigation, movement towards no-fault or restricted recovery in motor-vehicle accident claims, increased recognition of the duty to preserve evidence, and the development of punitive and exemplary damages awards, clients need legal advisors with experience in these issues.

At Cassels Brock, we enjoy a distinct advantage as experts not only in the area of product liability, but also in the defence of class actions - a ripe area for product liability. Because our dedicated teams of lawyers have expertise across a broad range of fields - from insurance and commercial litigation to the Competition Act and regulatory areas - we bring a depth and breadth of experience to the table at any time; in addition, we are recognized as a leading law firm in this area by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

The Product Liability Group at Cassels Brock looks for the most inventive, cost-effective and time-efficient means of resolving each of our clients' issues. Resolution may be achieved through negotiated settlements, alternate dispute resolution, or vigorous litigation. When necessary we take our cases to trial to resolve our clients' disputes.

We have advised and represented a variety of clients in virtually all industries, including aircraft manufacturers; brand-name pharmaceutical and medical device companies; computer hardware and software manufacturers; construction and building-material companies; elevator and escalator manufacturers; insurance companies; manufacturers and distributors of consumer, motor-vehicle and recreational products; personal-care product manufacturers; processed foods and beverages companies; standards organizations; and municipal, provincial and federal authorities.

Our areas of expertise include:


Product litigation:

Class action lawsuits:

Cross-border litigation:

Our group has successfully represented clients in class action product liability claims, including: