Product Liability and Group Actions

Practice Summary

In the field of product liability and group actions Doughty Street Chambers members have been involved in many of the high profile group actions in recent years for claimants and the team includes practitioners from all levels in Chambers.


Group litigation work stretches across many different areas of law, including product liability, domestic and private international law and human rights law. Members of chambers have been instructed in leading cases including:


International law and institutional abuse: Ivory Coast toxic dumping, Gulf War Syndrome, South African mining claims, Bangladesh water poisoning litigation, Porton Down, Mau Mau litigation and Kenyan Rape and Masai claims against the Ministry of Defence,  North West Homes litigation and phone hacking litigation.


Healthcare cases include Tobacco, Fetal Anti-Convulsant litigation, MMR II, Northwick Park, Haemophilia, Norplant, Hepatitis C, Oral Contraceptive Pill, Haemophilia litigation, Alder Hey, Seroxat, Sabril, Nationwide Organ Retention Litigation, Trossel and the Depuy Pinnacle Cup litigation and 3M hip prosthesis litigation.


The team has particular strength in healthcare product liability and defective products cases. A number of members of the team are instructed in cases alleging defective hip products and breast implants, as well as individual cases arising from defective surgical blankets, surgical gloves, surgical pins and plates, surgical monitors.


Individual practitioners write and lecture on topics concerning product liability and group actions. Robin Oppenheim wrote the section on multi-party actions in Bullen, Leake and Jacob, Sweet and Maxwell, 2012.


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