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Consumer Products and Electronics

DLA Piper’s Product Liability lawyers represent the world’s largest consumer product and electronics manufacturers in a variety 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, including trials of high-risk individual and consolidated actions. We also advise manufacturers of a broad range of household, outdoor, computer and personal use products on distribution, manufacturing and product safety issues.

Specific examples of DLA Piper’s recent work in the consumer products and electronics industries include:

  • Representing a major consumer electronics manufacturer in a nationwide class action in which the plaintiffs alleged common law claims for fraudulent concealment and breach of express warranty, as well as violations of California’s unfair competition law. Before any discovery was conducted, the court granted DLA Piper’s motion to dismiss and motion to strike class allegations.

  • Advising a manufacturer of electronic equipment on the application to one of its products of the “defence equipment” exemption in the EU legislation on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in such equipment.

  • Representing a computer hardware manufacturer in a class action complaint alleging deceptive advertising and breach of express warranty claims. We secured dismissal at the pleading stage of the complaint.

  • Defending claims against distributors and manufacturers of computer hardware and software products, electronic game consoles and home theater components in multiple nationwide and state class actions involving breach of warranty, Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) and Unfair Competition Law (UCL).

  • Advising a manufacturer of lighting equipment exported to more than 20 jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and beyond, of its product safety, regulatory notification and recall obligations. Our timely advice ensured that the manufacturer’s all-important reputation remained intact.

  • Representing a manufacturer of lawn tractors against damage claims exceeding US$100 million and allegations that the manufacturer misrepresented engine horsepower in more than eight million lawn tractors and conspired with other manufacturers.

  • Acting for numerous retailers in the UK in widespread product recalls of a huge range of products including televisions, fridges, vacuum cleaners, bath screens, toys, baby products, Halloween masks, halogen heaters and sun cream.

  • Representing an outdoor product manufacturer in a two-week trial involving a fatality allegedly caused by our client’s failure to equip its products with devices utilized by other manufacturers. The trial was closely watched by the outdoor products industry and members of the plaintiffs bar who are making similar claims against the company and other outdoor product manufacturers. The jury found our client’s product was not defective and our client was exonerated.

  • Advising a leading producer of printers and inks on the requirements of the EC Dangerous Preparations Directive. The client faced a potential recall of about 50,000 units of ink cartridges marketed in France, Germany, Denmark, Spain and Italy.

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Note past results are not guarantees of future results. Each matter is individual and will be decided on its own facts.