Product Liability

  • We act for international and local manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and their insurers on all aspects relating to individual and class action product liability claims in Israel. Our clients are drawn from a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, food, medical devices, engineering and consumer products.

     

    The firm has extensive experience successfully defending product liability claims before the entire range of Israeli courts. We offer clients experience, depth of resource and specialist expertise on product liability claims. Our expertise includes representing clients on issues relating to contractual liability, warranty and indemnification coverage, subrogation and insurance coverage, product recalls and liaising with regulatory authorities, as well as managing and acting as trial lawyers on individual and class actions.

     

    Members of the team have published articles for Getting the Deal Through on product liability as well as on product recalls. Our work in the field has been recognized by Corporate INTL where one of our partners, Avi Ordo, was ranked "Product Liability Lawyer of the Year in Israel".

    • Representing AXA Corporate Solutions Deutschland, in a claim filed by Israel Aircraft Industries against an AXA insured concerning alleged defects in products manufactured by the insured
    • Representing Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG (an Allianz SE subsidiary, and a world leader in corporate insurance) in its subrogated defence of its insured, Wacker-Chemi GmbH, a leading German chemical manufacturer, in a product liability claim concerning the chemicals manufactured by the insured
    • Representing Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Europe in two class actions filed against them in Israel.  The claims, amounting to a total of approximately US$ 100 million, concerned the recall of 32,000 vehicles following an alleged malfunction causing the accelerator pedal to stick to the floor
    • Defending the largest pump manufacturer in the world, Grundfos Pompe Italia S.R.L, brought by the Municipality of Ramle in connection with failures in the performance of the product discovered in the Institute of Sewage Treatment Project in Ramle-Lod
    • Representing Dagon-Beatty (the owner of the main grain and cargo silos in the ports of Haifa and Ashdod) in respect of various product liability claims allegedly caused by the occasional unloading of toxic cargo unloaded at the port and stored in silos
    • Representing Isolcell S.p.A, an Italian manufacturer of devices that absorb gases used in refrigeration creating a controlled atmospheric environment, and its insurance company in connection with a claim filed against it arising from defective machinery; The proceedings included three consolidated actions involving product liability
    • Defending Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., in a class action filed against it and against Promedico Ltd. (the distributor of "Similac" products in Israel), in which the plaintiffs claimed that the ingredients of "Nutrilon" baby and infant formula products had been misleadingly presented