reuschlaw Legal Consultants advise companies active on a national and international scale in more than 30 countries in the areas of product liability, product safety law, recall management, insurance law, cybersecurity and data protection, compliance management and contract law. The sectorial focus is on companies in the machine manufacturing and automotive supply industries, the consumer goods industry and manufacturers of medical devices and cosmetic products.
Product safety law is gaining ground as much in the European Union as it is in the USA and Asian countries such as China and Japan. The German Product Safety Act (ProdSG), the Machinery Directive, ATEX and low voltage are topics which are just as relevant as the German Electrical and Electronic Waste Act (ElektroG), RoHS and WEEE and the Ecodesign Directive. We also cover the German Medical Devices Act (MPG) and regulations concerning nano- and biotechnology, including licensing issues, the right way to deal with risk assessments and notified bodies, all the way up to the complete handling of a market surveillance procedure under the RAPEX system.
We advise our clients on both the prevention of and defence against product liability claims. Beginning with the development of a product, we provide our clients with a list of the applicable regulatory requirements and assist them in their implementation.
With our international law office network, we can provide advice in all the relevant legal systems and represent our clients anywhere in the world.
Compliance management is a term that goes far beyond the regulatory framework, designating the obligation of companies to organise themselves and their business in a way that ensures legal compliance. With our quality compliance management, we provide a solution by which compliance is integrated into existing quality management systems. An efficient solution for the implementation of current requirements.
With growing digitalisation and international connectivity, the risk companies run of allowing unauthorised third parties access to their own systems without meaning to do so or becoming the target of digital attacks is increasing. For these reasons, the legislators have made provision for a whole range of obligations regarding the way companies must secure their own IT infrastructure and the services and products they offer on the market by means of technical and organisational measures. These range from the obligations imposed by the IT Security Act to the provisions of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). We advise you on prevention and assist you in the successful management of the situation if loss or damage does occur.
In the age of digitalisation, the gathering, maintenance, analysis and evaluation of data are of fundamental importance for any company. As from May 2018, with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, a uniform European regulatory framework will exist, governing how personal data are to be handled. Data protection law must be part of any compliance strategy, the more so in view of the fact that violations of it can (as of recently) be punished by fines of up to €20m. We advise you on compliance with the statutory specifications and look after you during the implementation of new projects and the introduction of new products in the digital environment.
The way manufacturers, importers or dealers cope with the unaccustomed situation of a recall campaign is usually somewhat disorganised and inexpert, and therefore critical in terms of the further steps that need to be taken to minimise the damage. We supervise the entire recall process and assist our clients in their communication with third parties such as insurance companies and suppliers.
Today's companies are equipped with a large number of different insurance policies. We advise our clients on their choice of insurance, but also, and above all, on the adjustment of insurance claims in all classes and on all scales.
Contract law at home and abroad
The operative business of an industrial enterprise consists of a large number of contractual relationships at home and abroad. The drawing-up of contracts with suppliers, development partners and customers is one of the core areas of our work.