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Members’ information session/workshop on potential alternatives to litigation in Europe

Consumer Protection
Date: Wednesday, 12 June 2019 09:30 - 15:30

Venue: Brussels - EFPIA offices Leopold Plaza Building

MedTech Europe and EFPIA are organizing for their respective Members, an information workshop on the changing litigation environment in Europe. The workshop will take place on 12th June in Brussels. Please click here for the latest agenda.

The session will start with explaining the expected impact of the Draft Directive on Representative Actions on life science companies, and how this links to the ongoing discussions on a potential change of the Product Liability Directive. Will then be presented an overview of existing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms which exist in some member states in the healthcare sector, followed by a discussion whether such model(s) should be considered as alternatives for the life science industry at large.


10h00 Welcome & introduction, Lorenz Ködderitzsch, Assistant General Counsel, Johnson & Johnson

10h15 Draft Directive on Representative Actions (here), Dr. Herbert Woopen, European Justice Forum (EJF)

10h45 Interplay with the Product Liability Directive, Ken Daly, Solicitor of Ireland, England & Wales, Member of the Brussels Bar E-List, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

11h15 Description of selected alternative dispute resolution, with focus on healthcare schemes, Christopher Hodges, Professor of Justice Systems and head of the Swiss Re Research Programme on Civil Justice Systems, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford

12h45 Lunch

14h00 Moderated discussion on the potential options/alternatives for the healthcare industry (see Annex I), Lorenz Ködderitzsch & Kristine Peers, General Counsel, EFPIA

- Strategic aspects

- Practical aspects (e.g. outreach, messages)

15h15 Key take-aways, next steps & closing remarks, Lorenz Ködderitzsch

15h30 Close #EUevents



All Dates

  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019 09:30 - 15:30

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