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Product Liability

Osler has extensive experience advising on all aspects of product liability issues including working with product manufacturers to establish preventative measures that keep you out of court. We help design warnings or instructions that are effective in reducing the risk of future liability and craft warranty and liability limitations to protect our clients from claims arising out of or relating to the use of their products.

We advise clients during the design phase of new product development to minimize the potential for future claims and to establish a record of appropriate consideration of the risks. We assist clients with preparing recall plans and managing their reputational risk associated with the products to assist in the defence of any lawsuits that do arise.

In addition to working with our clients to avoid legal action, we have acted for many corporations in defending lawsuits both at the trial and the appeal level in courts throughout Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Our cases include a number of the more significant class action proceedings in Canada. We are also very experienced in the design and use of Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques for the resolution of product liability issues, including arbitration, mediation and neutral evaluation.

Key Contacts

Sonia Bjorkquist

Partner, Disputes, Toronto

Laura Fric

Partner, Disputes, Toronto

Craig Lockwood

Partner, Disputes, Toronto

David Morritt

Partner, Litigation, Toronto


Latest Insights

  • Blog Mar 28, 2024

    Court of Appeal upholds certification denial and dismissal of drug recall class action

    A recent Court of Appeal for Ontario decision has affirmed the denial of certification and dismissal of a proposed class action arising from the 2018 ...

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  • Osler Update Mar 22, 2024

    No longer just tobacco and opioids: B.C. plans commencing more class actions to recover health care costs involving virtually any product

    On March 14, 2024, the province of British Columbia proposed broad multi-government class action legislation to claim costs arising from “health-relat...

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  • Osler Update Jan 5, 2024

    Regulation of ‘forever chemicals’ (PFAS) in Canada

    The federal government recently announced its intention to designate PFAS as a class of toxic substances under CEPA.

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  • Osler Update Jul 19, 2022

    A delicate balancing act: certifying multi-jurisdictional class actions in British Columbia

    Osler lawyers provide their analysis of the B.C. Court of Appeal’s recent decision of an appeal of an order certifying a multi-jurisdictional class pr...

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    A delicate balancing act: certifying multi-jurisdictional class actions in British Columbia
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Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Litigation: Product Liability
    • One client said, "Our business needs clear, knowledgeable, experienced and fast legal advice, and that's what we get from Osler."
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Litigation – Product Liability (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards: Product Liability, Firm of the Year, Shortlisted (2020)