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PRODUCT LIABILITY & REGULATION

Global manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers are obligated to do all they can to ensure the safety of their products. However, no matter the due diligence, circumstances can arise in which a product causes injury or personal loss, spurring legal action by the consumer. McMillan’s product liability lawyers have garnered international recognition for their expertise in defending product liability suits and class actions. Our unparalleled strength and depth in this area has also been recognized by the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors, who regularly retain us to defend their products and their brands.

McMillan’s product liability team works collaboratively with our industry specialists and lawyers in our class action practice. As a firm, we are committed to delivering creative solutions that help clients successfully defend against — or ideally, avoid — costly and potentially damaging liability cases.

Our product liability lawyers help clients by advising on industry-specific or general compliance and regulatory issues; assisting with product recalls and crisis management; defending against libel, slander and improper claims; helping assess potential financial and enterprise risks; and prosecuting counterclaims for product tampering or extortion.

PRODUCT SAFETY REGULATORY

Product safety regulation is on the rise as is the routine sharing of information among regulators. Governments have imposed responsibilities on every link in the distribution chain to ensure the safety of products intended for consumers. Any misstep can significantly harm relationships with regulators and expose companies to increasingly stringent penalties, recalls and serious brand damage. That makes it critical to know both the requirements and the agencies that enforce them. McMillan lawyers work with companies that manufacture, distribute or sell consumer products, from packaged food to children’s toys to household appliances. We know the laws and regulations that govern consumer product safety across Canada and are well-versed in dealing with relevant regulatory agencies.

Our product liability lawyers assist clients with regulatory compliance for consumer products, including drugs, medical devices, food, appliances, toys, clothing, recreational products, electrical products, motor vehicles, tires and child restraints.

McMillan helps clients by ensuring compliance with the requirements of among others, the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the Food and Drugs Act, the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act, and Ontario’s Electricity Act; counselling on record keeping and incident reporting requirements; developing internal compliance protocols and programs; developing product warnings and labels that comply with safety laws; providing counsel when incidents and investigations arise; and managing product recalls, often as part of a global team.

Primary Contacts

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Lindsay Lorimer
Partner, Product Liability & Regulation | Class Actions
Lisa Parliament
Partner, Class Actions | Product Liability & Regulation
Scott Maidment
Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Teresa Dufort
Chief Executive Officer / Managing Partner
Partner, Class Actions | Product Liability & Regulation

Deals and Cases

INSIGHTS (14 Posts)

Featured Insight

Stopping a Slippery Slope: Ontario Divisional Court Clarifies that Auto Insurance Coverage Applies Only to Direct Causes of Injuries

Ontario Divisional Court clarifies that automobile insurance only applies to direct causes of injury under the Statutory Accidents Benefits Schedule.

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May 12, 2021
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What Are You Suing Me For? I Had No Control: Lessor Fleet Liability

The decision in Barz concerns the interplay between Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Act and Traffic Safety Act.

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May 12, 2021
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No Compensable Loss? No Class Action – Maginnis v FCA Canada

This bulletin discusses the decision in Maginnis v FCA Canada, where the court refused to certify an automotive class action for a lack of compensable loss.

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Nov 5, 2020
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Construction through COVID-19 in Canada: A Guideline for what each Province and Territory is Doing

How each Province is managing the impact of COVID-19 by restricting construction activities, suspending litigation time periods and recommending H&S practices

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Jun 11, 2020
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Federal Aid Package for Energy Sector and Alberta’s Plan to Spend It

The Federal Government released details of the long-awaited aid package to help the oil and gas industry. This article will overview those relief measures.

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Apr 29, 2020
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Project Management Amid COVID-19 – The Triage

Best practices for construction project management during the COVID-19 pandemic, and other force majeure circumstances.

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Apr 8, 2020
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Pivoting Production to Address COVID-19 Shortages – What Manufacturers and Distributors Need to Know

Summary of Health Canada pathways for accelerated approvals, business and liability considerations for manufacturers

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Apr 7, 2020
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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry: A Reference Guide to the Changed Landscape

Contractual clauses, Permits & Inspections, Health & Safety, Labour, Litigation, Arbitration & Court Procedures,
Limitation Periods, Liens & Holdbacks

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Apr 3, 2020
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What Are “Moral Damages” Worth? Quebec Court of Appeal Limits when Consumers’ Frustration Constitutes a Recoverable Harm

The Quebec Court of Appeal's decision in Meubles Léon v. Options Consommateurs sheds light on when a "moral damage" is recoverable.

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Mar 2, 2020
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Is Your Refrigerator Limitation Period Running? Maybe Not Where One Party Promises to Fix the Problem

Limitation periods will not run where a party assures another it will fix the problem between them, and that party reasonably relies on that assurance.

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Jan 7, 2020
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Stay Tuned: Ontario Proposes Sweeping Changes to Class Proceedings Act

The Ontario Government is proposing significant changes to the Class Proceedings Act that will address problems faced by parties over the last 30 years.

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Dec 16, 2019
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The Next Phase of Canadian Cannabis: What to Expect in 2019 and Beyond

On June 14, 2019, Health Canada unveiled its Final Regulations for New Cannabis Products

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Jun 21, 2019

DRI Product Liability Conference

McMillan is a proud sponsor of Product Liability Conference presented by DRI taking place February 7 – 9, 2018. McMillan’s Lindsay Lorimer will chair the “Children’s products" session and Lisa Parliament to Chair a session on Food Law.

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February 7, 2018 - February 9, 2018
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Ontario Divisional Court Affirms Use of Contractual Limitation Period in Guarding Against Third Party Claims

Ontario Divisional Court Affirms Use of Contractual Limitation Period in Guarding Against Third Party Claims

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Oct 30, 2017