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Last week the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) obtained an unprecedented ruling when Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Dean Metry granted leave to name Craig Zucker in an administrative complaint against Maxfield and...more
On January 5, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as part of a continuing overhaul of the United States’ food safety laws under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), published proposed rules regarding the...more
After a year that saw labeling issues come to the forefront of the food safety conversation, I sat down with DLA Piper trial lawyer Stefanie Fogel to get her take on how manufacturers, producers, and retailers can expect the...more
On January 4, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued the first two rules that will put into effect the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”), a law passed by Congress in 2011 that is designed to prevent...more
Manufacturers and importers of children's products, including toys, apparel, sporting goods and jewelry, will soon be subject to yet another safety-testing regulation addressing several vital issues related to such testing:...more
On November 26, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the suspension of the registration of Sunland, Inc., a producer of nuts, and nut and seed spreads, pursuant to the FDA's authority under Section 102...more
Democratic legislators in both houses of Congress introduced legislation that seeks to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing, 131 S.Ct. 2567 (2011), which bars state law tort suits against...more
Agency's plan to conduct voluntary survey of retailers' foodborne illness risk signals FDA's increasing scrutiny in this area and the need for retailers to evaluate their food safety and risk management systems.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (“CPSC”) product safety database suffered its first successful legal challenge in a recent ruling by a Maryland federal judge. U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr.’s opinion in...more
There are many risks involved in dealing with Chinese companies.
We previously discussed The Importance Of China Due Diligence And Corporate Seals.
And we asked the probing question: Is The Era Of Cheap Goods From China...more
An Overview of Proposed Amendments to Defect Notification and Early Warning Reporting Regulations
Tucked away in the recently enacted 584 page "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" is a small provision...more
Damages owed from illness and death claims resulting from actual or alleged food and beverage contamination, along with the cost of recalls of potentially contaminated products, present serious financial risk to companies...more
Bisphenol A (BPA) is back in the news. This time, it’s the General Mills brand Progresso coming under fire for using the chemical as an acid-resistant sealant in the lining of its metal soup cans. Despite a mountain of...more
If you’re among the Michiganders who rejoiced at the news that The Great Lakes State legalized most consumer fireworks this year, you might want to temper your enthusiasm while in the Detroit suburb of Warren. Mayor James...more
A recent product liability case will be useful in providing guidance to manufacturers and distributors on product warning labels and instructions.
Last week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that general...more
Our initial post about Bartlett v. Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., ___ F.3d ___, 2012 WL 1522004 (1st Cir. May 2, 2012), was more or less a crie de coeur over what we saw as an essentially absurd result: that while a simple...more
Meet ALEC — the nickname for the American Legislation Exchange Council — that has recently come to light as a cozy meeting place where Big Business is accused of “ghostwriting” its wish list of laws that state legislators...more
Exporting to Australia just got a little trickier for consumer product and service providers. The Australian Consumer Law (the “Act”) was recently amended to expand the warranty protections afforded to consumers. These...more
In This Issue:
- THE SPREADING WEB OF FOOD RECALL LIABILITY
Suits against Jensen Farms arising from its sale of listeria-tainted cantaloupes are expected to seek more than $100,000,000. These damages are estimated...more
This opinion involves cigarette warnings, so we have to be careful, since Dechert represents tobacco companies. We recommend that our readers interested in First Amendment issues take a look at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v....more
Multiple reports indicate that an unnamed company filed a suit last week, under seal, to challenge aspects of the Consumer Product Safety Commission's new public database.
Readers may recall that the Consumer Product...more
Last month, Macy’s agreed to pay a $750,000 fine imposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) based on allegations that the retailer knowingly failed to immediately report to the CPSC, as required by federal law,...more
Thursday is normally the day for our longer and meatier posts. However, the crush of business at the moment really is a crush. So we’re putting up something today that, frankly, doesn’t require as much work. Yesterday we...more
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a special report on product safety and quality designed to meet the challenges imposed by the increasing number of FDA-regulated imports and a complex global supply...more
Manufacturers and private-label distributors that do not regularly monitor developments at the Consumer Product Safety Commission may find themselves doing an abrupt about-face since SaferProducts.gov, a publicly available,...more
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