The new Product Liability Directive: fireworks or fizzle?
The European Commission’s proposed claimant-friendly overhaul of the Product Liability Directive (PLD) include a focus on bringing liability rules up to date for the digital era and easing the burden of proof in complex cases - amendments which are potentially revolutionary in theory. However, it is unclear what impact the proposed reforms will have in practice— particularly in the UK, post-Brexit.
In their recent article first published by New Law Journal on 4th November 2022, Sarah Moore and Stuart Warmington consider the European Commission’s proposals and set out what they may mean in practice, particularly for product liability litigators practising in the UK. Will they promise a firework or result in a fizzle?