Colin Loveday

Clayton Utz
Consultant Sydney

Dean of Australian product law

– Chambers Asia Pacific


Senior and influential life sciences litigator renowned for his pioneering expertise in the defence of class actions, product liability and highly complex commercial disputes. Colin has defended some of Australia's highest profile complex consumer product and financial services matters across the medical, pharmaceutical, financial and consumer sectors.

Notable Work
  • Philips Group: acting in a class action and related matters arising from a global medical device recall of certain sleep and ventilator devices.
  • Johnson & Johnson MedTech, Ethicon Sàrl and Ethicon, Inc: acts in two class actions concerning medical devices.
  • Merck & Co., Inc. and Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Limited: acted successfully in the Vioxx product liability class action in Australia.
  • GD Searle & Co and Monsanto: acted successfully in the Australian group action proceedings involving the Copper 7 intrauterine contraceptive device.
  • Acted in the successful defence of the Australian Fen-Phen class action litigation.
  • St Jude Medical Inc: acted in the defence and subsequent resolution of the two class actions that were brought against St Jude Medical Inc in relation to implantable cardiac pacemakers.
  • Cynosure Australia: acted in several proceedings brought in the Federal Court of Australia in respect of a hi-tech laser and medical devices involving product liability, efficacy and technology claims.
  • South Korean manufacturer: assisting a South Korean manufacturer and its Australian affiliate in product safety and regulatory issues for domestic energy storage systems.
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