Global Product Liability


DLA Piper has many years of experience in product law, product safety and product liability. In Germany, the Litigation and Regulatory team has more than 20 lawyers with extensive experience in dispute resolution and in-depth sector knowledge. We work closely with our colleagues in the Intellectual Property and Technology, Insurance and Public Law groups to advise buisnesses on legal requirements throughout the entire product life cycle.


We represent national and international companies in litigation, regulatory compliance and risk management issues relating to the manufacturing of products and goods. We have significant experience in all phases of litigation brought against companies facing allegations that they have manufactured defective products. 

and transportation

We have established significant, decades-long relationships with several automotive industry leaders, and in that time we have helped solve some of their most difficult product liability challenges related to manufacturing, design and development, safety standard and other governmental regulation and products liability claims. Our clients depend on us to anticipate emerging threats, develop streamlined, effective strategies that respond to the nuances of a particular suit, defeat plaintiff's claims at an early stage and safeguard their long-term business interests.

and medical devices

Pharmaceutical and medical devices companies are faced with an increasingly watchful regulatory environment and an ever-widening litigation front. DLA Piper advises many of the world's largest and most progressive manufacturers of pharmaceutical products and medical devices on regulatory matters and in resolving disputes. We understand that the development of medications and tools for  diagnosis, treatment and cure requires forward thinking, substantial investment and control of risks. We know that scientific knowledge evolves, as does public opinion. Using that knowledge, we work with our clients – some of the world's best innovators and manufacturers of medical products – to anticipate how to limit risks as science and public thinking evolve and to position our clients to develop the medicines of the future. When recalls or litigation ensue, we stand ready to defend our clients vigorously.


DLA Piper's Product Liability lawyers represent the world's largest consumer product companies – especially in the food and beverage sector – in a spectrum of matters, including individual claims and consumer class actions, compliance with local and international standards and regulations, regulatory investigations and product recalls. We have defended tens of thousands of claims around the world. We also advise manufacturers of a broad range of household, outdoor, computer and personal use products on distribution, manufacturing and product safety issues.

Chemicals and
toxic torts

DLA Piper has significant litigation experience involving injury caused by chemical and environmental exposure. We have represented defendants in actions alleging personal injury, wrongful death and diminution in property values. Our experience includes lawsuits concerning TCE, TCP, DBCP and many other chemicals.

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