Technology, Media and Telecoms | 01 July 2013

The extra-territorial reach of US courts has long been a source of controversy and consternation for product manufacturers with global operations, due to such features of US law as discovery applications abroad in aid of US litigation,1 
or the threat of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.2 Another weapon in the arsenal of US plaintiff lawyers against multinational companies has been the Alien Tort Statute, which plaintiffs have attempted to expand over the years with respect to its extra-territorial reach, scope of application, and defendants who may 
be targeted.
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Technology, Media and Telecoms | 01 June 2013

The advance of GPS mapping, radar 
and wireless systems are making the ‘driverless car’ a possibility, sooner than many may have anticipated. The widely reported trials of an automated vehicle fleet utilising Google technology has raised the profile of automated vehicles significantly. Following these successful trials, the US states of Nevada, California and Florida have all passed laws permitting automated cars to drive on their roads.

Sarah Croft and John Reynolds, of Shook Hardy & Bacon International, assess the evolution of driverless or partially autonomous vehicle technology and consider the product liability issues arising for automotive manufacturers in the UK.
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Insurance | 01 May 2013

The market for dietary supplements in 2012 was estimated to be worth approximately £385m in the UK alone and is worth billions of dollars globally.1 Sarah Croft, of Shook Hardy & Bacon International, assesses the regulatory environment for these products in Europe and the UK and considers the product liability issues for 
this sector.
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Insurance | 01 March 2013

Faced with a potentially unsafe product, the in-house lawyer has a critical role in ensuring that relevant notifications are made to appropriate authorities within set timeframes. Failure to comply with 
the General Product Safety Directive can make a difficult situation for the company even worse.
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Insurance | 01 February 2013

The Organisation for Economic 
Co-operation and Development (OECD) has launched a global online consumer product recall portal that gives consumers, businesses and governments easy access to the latest information on products recalled from the markets in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States. 
The portal may be accessed at:
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TMT | 01 December 2012

Days after a trial court in Italy found six scientists guilty of manslaughter due to their failure to predict an earthquake, the Italian Supreme Court also hit the news after ruling in an employment case that mobile phones can cause brain tumours in heavy users. Sarah Croft, of Shook Hardy & Bacon International, assesses the potential implications of this most recent decision on future litigation relating to mobile phones in Italy and elsewhere.
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Crime, fraud and licensing | 01 November 2012

The added value that has been built in branded goods, usually through many years of investment by the brand owner, provides a powerful attraction and incentive to manufacturers of counterfeit goods who are harnessing the power of the internet and global supply routes in growing numbers.

Whilst the most obvious cost to manufacturers is loss of revenue and profits, there are other costs in terms of endangered jobs, brand protection and enforcement and defending potential product liability claims. 
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Corporate & Commercial | 01 October 2012

In addition to civil product liability claims, a company and its directors could also face criminal charges following the recall of an unsafe product.

In part 2 of this two-part series considering post-recall risks, Alison Newstead, partner with Shook Hardy & Bacon International, outlines the potential offences and penalties under the General Product Safety Regulations (GPSR) 2005 and the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.
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Technology, Media and Telecoms | 01 September 2012

Following a product recall, there are a number of risks to a business that the directors, senior staff and the legal team should be aware of from the outset and may need to address long after the initial recall.

The dissemination of documents created during a product recall poses a real threat to a company and can have serious implications in the event of a potential criminal prosecution. 
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