Our Product Liability Disputes Group is recognised as market leader in Ireland, advising international and domestic clients on product liability litigation, investigations and issues. We have unrivalled experience advising our clients on product liability claims, product recall, crisis management strategies, risk assessments, labelling and packaging issues, investigations by regulatory authorities and specialist insurance advice.

At the strategic level, we act regularly as national counsel in multiparty and cross-jurisdictional litigation. We also have extensive experience dealing with sophisticated regulatory and technical issues.

We have an outstanding track record in advising clients in relation to disputes arising from all stages of the product life cycle, including development, production, packaging, importation, distribution and marketing. Our expertise includes:

  • Human and Veterinary Medicinal Products
  • Medical Devices and Biotechnology
  • Blood products
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Food & beverages
  • Cosmetics
  • Chemicals
  • Tobacco
  • Mechanical devices
  • Toys
  • Building Products
  • Mobile telephones
  • Domestic appliances
  • Pressure Vehicles

Relevant Experience

  • Acting for leading pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies in the defence of multiparty litigation concerning their products
  • Acting for and advising the Irish Blood Transfusion Service in relation to multi-jurisdiction proceedings brought by multiple claimants in relation to an alleged faulty haemospect device and advising in relation to claims against the device manufacturer
  • Acting for TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH and associated companies in the defence of breast implant claims alleging that they conducted assessments of product conformity of breast implants manufactured by the French company PIP with medical devices safety standards and did so inadequately
  • Acting on behalf of Gallaher (Dublin) Limited and Benson and Hedges Limited in the defence of multiparty litigation brought by smokers and former smokers seeking damages for injuries alleged to have arisen from the consumption of tobacco products, ultimately securing a dismissal of all claims
  • Acting on behalf of a telecoms company in relation to hearing loss claims being pursued on behalf of current and former employees, alleged to have arisen as a result of equipment provided to them in the course of their employment

Office

Ten Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2
D02 T380
Ireland

T: +353 1 920 1000
F: +353 1 920 1020
E: dublin@arthurcox.com

Key Contacts

Joanelle O’Cleirigh is “a very experienced and trusted adviser and litigator who can be relied on to deliver excellent service and advice. She is very well informed and decisive in her approach, and takes on board our particular concerns and wishes.”
Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019

Joanelle O’Cleirigh is a “very professional litigator.”
The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2018

Joanelle O’Cleirigh is “easy to work with, available and precise; she gives very good legal advice.”
Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017