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Chairman Kaye Steps Down as CPSC Chair; Republican Buerkle Assumes Role of Acting Chair

Late Wednesday evening, Democrat Elliot Kaye resigned as chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Republican Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle has assumed the position of Acting Chair until a new chair is appointed by...more

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - Competition/antitrust law

Focus on the US - In the wake of the 2016 elections, we now await the decision as to who will be the "antitrust guard" at the top of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). At the...more

Weathering the Freeze: The CPSC's Response to the White House's New Regulatory Restrictions

We have heard much over the last few weeks about the new executive orders issued by the White House at the outset of the Trump Administration. One order that is not garnering as much attention as others, but could have a...more

Judge Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court and Product Liability Litigation

What does the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court mean for product liability litigation? Judge Gorsuch may be similar enough to the late Justice Antonin Scalia as to first principles that near-term...more

FDA Issues Proposed Tobacco Product Standard for N-Nitrosonornicotine (NNN) in Finished Smokeless Tobacco Products

On January 23, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed tobacco product standard that would establish a limit of N-nitrosonornicotine (NNN) in finished smokeless tobacco products not to exceed 1.0...more

Update: GMO labeling regs get Trumped

The Trump Administration’s latest executive orders have effectively prevented the USDA from promulgating rules on GMO food labeling. The development will likely throw a wrench in the USDA’s anticipated plans to give more...more

CPSC Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle Elected Vice Chair; CPSC under Regulatory Freeze

On January 19, 2017, Commissioners at the Consumer Product Safety Commission elected Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle to be the next vice chair. Commissioner Buerkle was appointed to the agency by President Obama in May 2013...more

Coming to a Retailer Near You: Made in USA Labeling Requirements

Patriotism is a hot topic in the United States. One study shows 51% of American consumers will pay higher prices to buy American made products. Not surprisingly, manufacturers actively promote products with the red, white and...more

WARNING: Prop 65 Can Expose Product Manufacturers to Increased Litigation in California

California's Proposition 65 ("Prop 65") requires product manufacturers and sellers to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone in California to a chemical listed by the...more

Hot CPSC Jurisdictional Issues: Does the CPSC Have Regulatory Authority Over Amusement Park Rides and Guns?

In the wake of two tragic amusement park ride accidents in Kansas and Tennessee, and the ongoing political debate in America over gun safety issues, we felt it timely to help answer a question that continues to be asked in...more

GMO Disclosures and Claims: A Possible End to the U.S. GMO Labeling Controversy?

On July 7, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed an important amendment to S. 764 to establish a mandatory nationwide labeling approach for genetically engineered (GE) foods, more popularly referred to as genetically modified...more

Forget About Vermont!: Congress Passes GMO “Labeling” Legislation

On July 14, 2016, the House of Representatives passed S.764 creating a National Bioengineered Food Standard. Importantly for food manufacturers and distributors, the law – expected to be signed by President Obama – will...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #7

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today: McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474: Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, were federally indicted...more

Nationwide GE Labeling Leaps Forward

Four years after California’s genetically engineered (GE) food labeling initiative was defeated, but just days before Vermont’s GE law is to go into effect, the U.S. Senate is poised to impose such labeling nationwide. The...more

New Proposed Legislation: Doctors Must Report Med Device-Related Deaths & Injuries

Representatives Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) announced plans to propose the Medical Device Guardians Act of 2016. According to a press release from Rep. Fitzpatrick, the Act is “a package of bills aimed...more

Brexit and Retail

Britons are due to go to the polls to vote in a referendum on 23rd June 2016 to decide whether the UK should remain a member of the EU, or exit (a so called “Brexit”). As many readers will be aware, there is no certain answer...more

Stabenow’s GMO Labeling Bill Could Serve as a Potential Congressional Compromise

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) plans to propose a GMO labeling bill after briefing groups from each side of the debate. Stabenow has shown her proposal to the Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) whose...more

Congress Overhauls 1976 Federal Chemical Regulation Law

Gives EPA Broad Mandate to Evaluate Safety of All Chemicals and Practical Authority to Ensure Safe Use - On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that, for the first time in...more

New York, New York: The Status of Regulation of Children's Products in the Empire State

Recently, Albany County, New York enacted the “Toxic Free Toys Act” (the Act) prohibiting the sale of any children’s products in the county that contain certain heavy metals and chemicals. The Safe to Play Coalition (the...more

California's Proposition 65: History and Proposed Amendments in 2016

In 1986, California voters passed the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, otherwise known by its original name, Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard...more

Asbestos Alert: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts and Legislation

When asbestos litigation became extremely costly to defend, to settle and to pay judgments, companies began filing for protection under the Bankruptcy laws. In the three decades since Johns Manville and UNR Industries filed...more

The Auto Industry’s Safety Whistleblower Program: What You Need To Know

The Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Program that originally passed through the U.S. Senate last summer but stalled in the House of Representatives has finally been signed into law by President Obama as part of the Fixing...more

New Regulations on the Horizon for Commercial Drones

Currently, the use of drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial purposes in general is not permitted in the United States, although there is one exception. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows...more

Post-Senate Vote, Major Food Manufacturers Choose to Label Genetically Engineered Foods

In the wake of the Senate’s defeat of legislation that would have preempted state-mandated GE ingredient labeling on food products, a new trend is emerging, as one food manufacturer after another announces that they will...more

GMO Labeling Debates Forge On After Close Senate Vote

The GMO war rages on after a close vote in the Senate last week addressing proposed voluntary, national standards for GMO labeling. A 48-49 split means the Senate failed to invoke cloture to bring the Biotechnology Labeling...more

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