Mintz Levin - Consumer Product Matters

Toy Safety Regulation Should Be Left To The Federal Government

On June 2, 2015, the Suffolk County Legislature became the latest county legislature in New York to pass a “toxic-free toys” act. About a week later, the New York City Council got in on the action and introduced a similar bill…more
| Consumer Protection, Products Liability

CPSC Files Suit for Second Time in Three Months against a Company for Alleged Failure to Timely Report Defective Product

On Wednesday of last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that a complaint has been filed in federal court against Spectrum Brands, Inc. (Spectrum). Notably, this is the…more
| Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

FDA Determines Artificial Trans Fat Are No Longer “Generally Recognized as Safe”; Must Be Removed From Human Food By June 2018

Acting to finalize a tentative decision from 2013, FDA announced on June 15, 2015 that it was issuing a declaratory order that will require manufacturers to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from processed foods over the…more
| Agriculture, Consumer Protection, Health

FDA Finally Releases Initial Framework for Food Importation “VQIP”

As many readers of this blog know, the start of 2011 saw the enactment of a massive bill aimed at overhauling the nation’s food safety system to become more preventive instead of reactive to safety problems and illness…more
| Agriculture, Consumer Protection

Albany County’s “Safe Toys” Legislation on Hold Pending Court Proceeding

Earlier this year, we wrote about a far-reaching product safety ordinance enacted into law in Albany County, NY (the “County”) entitled “The Toxic Free Toys Act.” At the time, we expressed our concern that numerous issues would…more
| Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

Big Win for Anti-GMO Groups as Federal Judge Upholds Jackson County GMO Ban

On Friday, Federal Magistrate Judge Mark D. Clarke partially dismissed a lawsuit brought by commercial alfalfa farmers seeking to overturn a Jackson County ordinance that banned the use of GMO seed stock (“It is a county…more
| Agriculture, Civil Remedies, Environmental Law

GMOs at the Ballot Box: the Drama Continues

Joining the rising tide of local GMO legislation, last week voters in Benton County, Oregon defeated the Benton County Local Food System Ordinance, which would have prohibited the cultivation of GMO crops in the county. The…more
| Agriculture, Elections & Politics, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Are Cosmetics Gaining Higher Congressional and FDA Scrutiny?

Currently, FDA regulates cosmetics to ensure they are not adulterated or misbranded, but does not have the authority to order cosmetic recalls or require adverse event reporting. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan…more
| Administrative Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Tenth Circuit Lifts Stay on CPSC’s Magnets Rule

As we wrote about earlier this month, on April 1, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (“Tenth Circuit”) temporarily stayed the effective date of “the enforcement and effect” of the CPSC’s safety standard for…more
| Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

Onward to Trial: Federal Court Rejects Vermont’s Motion to Dismiss GMA Lawsuit

Despite a stiff litigation challenge from the food industry, Vermont’s GMO-labeling campaign marches on. This week saw major developments in the suit brought by the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association and other food industry…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

CPSC & DOJ Sue Michaels Stores for Failing to Report Product Safety Hazard and Filing Misleading Information

For the first time in recent memory, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) jointly announced the filing of a lawsuit in federal court for the imposition of a civil penalty and injunctive…more
| Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

From Dusk to Dawn: Battle Looming Over USDA Changes to Sunset Provision of Organic Rules

The USDA is facing a lawsuit in federal court stemming from its decision to unilaterally alter the process for exempting synthetic and non-organic substances used in producing organic food. Until September 2013, substances on…more
| Administrative Law, Agriculture, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection

FDA Increasing Scrutiny of Cosmetic Marketing Claims, New Agency Warnings Suggest

In addition to truthful and non-misleading advertising requirements, which are enforced by the FTC and certainly familiar to readers of this blog, personal care and cosmetic products are also subject to the Federal Food, Drug,…more
| Administrative Law, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Bloomberg Product Safety Article Misses the Mark; U.S. Product Safety Economy Safer Than Ever

On April 7, Renee Dudley of Bloomberg News authored an article entitled “The Cheap Toys You Buy Your Kid Are Rarely Inspected.” The article has been republished by major news publications and gained some nationwide attention. …more
| Administrative Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

Tenth Circuit Stays April 1 Effective Date of CPSC’s Magnets Safety Rule

Over the past year, we have blogged about the CPSC’s rulemaking process to regulate high-powered magnet sets via a safety standard as well as the administrative complaints brought by the agency to force multiple companies (e.g.,…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Products Liability
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