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EPA Selects First 10 Chemicals for TSCA Risk Evaluations

A Set of "Blueprints" for Future Reviews? - In satisfaction of a mid-December deadline under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA has issued the required initial list of ten “high...more

CPSC Issues Guidance to Encourage the Disclosure of Relevant Consumer Product Safety Information in Private Litigation

On November 29, 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published guidance for private litigants when drafting protective orders, confidentiality agreements, and settlement agreements in litigation related to...more

Anything Worthwhile For Product Liability Defendants In The 21st Century Cures Act?

We blogged about possibly interesting nuggets in the 21st Century Cures Act (“21CCA”) back in February, 2015 – when it was only 400 pages long. In true congressional fashion, it’s now twice as long and loaded up with enough...more

New actions based on ‘nothing artificial’ labels may be halted as FDA redefines ‘natural’

I previously wrote about Thornton v. Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, No. 4:16-CV-00158-JAR, in which the Eastern District of Missouri refused to dismiss a consumer fraud claim based on “nothing artificial” labels on boxes of Duncan...more

Toxic Substances and Control Act Overhaul

Under the recently amended Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA), EPA is bound by new requirements and enforceable timetables to complete risk assessments for chemicals manufactured, distributed and imported to the United...more

3 Steps Food Manufacturers Can Take Now To Prepare For Federal Labeling Regulations

Consumers seem to be more eager than ever to know what they are eating and what journey it traveled to move from farm to table. In this era of authenticity, artificial is out; organic is in....more

Amicus Briefs Not So Friendly to California Supreme Court’s Dreadful BMS Personal Jurisdiction Decision

We do a lot of grousing on this blog, but we acknowledge that there is much for which we should be thankful. This legal business permits us to keep our minds lively and our fingernails clean. Even the rotten decisions...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: November 2016

Welcome to the November edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. Last month, the CPSC announced a $3.8 million civil penalty against Best Buy for selling recalled products. The CPSC’s press...more

Breaking: Court Rules Positively For CPSC In Federal Civil Penalty Case Against Spectrum Brands

We do not get many court decisions in the CPSC world, but yesterday we received one. Last evening, a Wisconsin federal district court essentially held in the Government’s case against Spectrum Brands, Inc. (Spectrum) that...more

Expansion of Liability in Product Labeling Cases

An unprecedented surge in consumer fraud lawsuits over the last several years has consumers and lawyers closely scrutinizing product labels and advertisements. While many of these claims challenge the veracity of “Organic,”...more

Regulatory Burdens On Retailers Continue to Evolve

In the run up to the Presidential Election, you may have missed some of the following regulatory developments that might impact your business....more

Words Matter: Product Claims Can Trigger Regulatory Application And Corrective Action

Most of us understand that the facts that give rise to the legal issues we face are sometimes sewn far in advance. This is certainly true in the area of product claims or statements. ...more

The Cannabis Industry: Burning Batteries, Tasty Treats and Budding Product Liability Litigation

Pot smokers are not the only ones lining up outside the local dispensaries; plaintiff personal injury attorneys are as well. Watching, lurking, waiting with dollar signs in their eyes for the chance to seek punitive damages,...more

Samsung Problems: Cell Phones, Washing Machines

Samsung’s products are injuring consumers with each passing day as cases of exploding cell phones and washing machines continue to mount. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) has received nearly 100...more

Missouri appellate court rejects ‘ingredient list’ defense in food labeling case

As Missouri’s reputation as a plaintiff-friendly venue increases, a state appellate court has dealt a blow to food manufacturers facing suits under the state’s consumer fraud statute regarding claims made on their products’...more

How Do I Know If I Have a Recalled Hip?

As a medical device lawyer for more than 20 years, I have received so many calls from patients who are concerned that they have a recalled hip implant in their body. Often, their first notice of a potential problem with their...more

Better Healthcare Newsletter from Patrick Malone - November 2016

Has Big Sugar become a public health menace? IN THIS ISSUE: Evidence grows of sugar's harms Have Big Sugar, Big Soda taken a page from Big Tobacco's ugly playbook? The battle against harmful sugar...more

A Happy & Safe Halloween

Personal-injury risks scarily skyrocket on Halloween. The holiday of haunts and hijinks enjoyed by trick-or-treating children and party-planning adults is a chronic cause of accidents, fires and safety threats. For...more

Industry custom evidence held admissible in CA product liability case based on defective design

A recent California appellate decision, Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp, if upheld by the California Supreme Court, could change the landscape in the admissibility of industry custom and practice evidence in strict products...more

AOPA Asks Supreme Court to Review Sikkelee Decision; Urges FAA Preemption

In a notable amicus curiae brief, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Third Circuit), which allowed...more

Coming Soon to a Lawbook Near You – New Cosmetic Requirements

Back in April 2015, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act (S.1014). More recently, on September 22, 2016, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: October 2016

Welcome to the October edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. Earlier this month, CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye took the uncommon step of threatening furniture makers with mandatory federal rules to address...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Fall 2016"

This is the 13th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings issued...more

FDA Announces Initiative to Redefine “Healthy” Claim for Food Labeling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced in September that it is considering how to redefine the term “healthy” as a nutrient content claim for the labeling of human food products. The FDA issued a guidance...more

Landmark Reform of Federal Chemicals Law Will Significantly Impact Chemical Manufacturers and Users

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century Act (“Lautenberg Act”), a sweeping and historic overhaul of our nation’s primary chemical management law, the...more

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