Peter J. Pliszka acts as trial and appellate counsel before courts across Canada, including the SCC. He chairs Fasken’s National Product Liability & Insurance Group. His practice focuses on product liability, class actions and cross-border litigation. He regularly serves as lead national defence counsel for clients in national class actions in Canada. Described as “one of the top people in the country for product liability cases” and “the lawyer of choice” for companies in need of defence counsel, he specializes in cross-border litigation and is regularly retained by foreign companies sued in Canada. His practice covers a wide variety of products including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, food, cars, aircraft, industrial machines, sports equipment, and various consumer products. He also frequently advises on regulatory issues and risk management, including warnings and recalls. He has substantial experience in international jurisdictional disputes. He has acted as defence counsel in leading cases on the test for jurisdiction over foreign parties, including the SCC’s landmark Van Breda decision. He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading litigation lawyers, and a thought leader, by multiple national and international publications. Peter lectures widely in Canada and the US.
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