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Austria: Product Liability Defence Analysis 2015

Product liability remains an active field in Austria and sources have reported a steady year. The Supreme Court recently imposed a product monitoring duty under the Product Liability Act by stating that in the case of serial production, the producer must decide whether each batch created complies with acceptable standards. This may open the door to more legal advisory work as producers navigate what could be a more onerous environment. In this chapter, two product liability defence specialists are selected.

At CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte, Daniela Karollus-Bruner has “excellent litigation skills” and is highly experienced in product liability and insurance matters. She is praised for her “pragmatism” and “efficiency”.

Fiebinger Polak Leon & Partners’ Peter Polak is another “strong practitioner” who has the ability to “achieve excellent results on a consistent basis”. He has extensive experience in international matters and is an “expert” on art-related cases.

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