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Update: Syngenta Litigation Regarding GMO Corn

In a recent post, we detailed lawsuits filed by corn exporters, farmers, and other stakeholders against Syngenta Corp. regarding its marketing of corn which contains genetically modified (“GMO”) traits that have not been…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Products Liability

Vermont Doubles Down: Representative Testifies Before Congress Against Federal GMO Labeling Bill

As we’ve explored in past posts, Congress is currently considering a bill that aims to harmonize the patchwork of state efforts at regulating GMO labeling by placing such regulation firmly within FDA’s jurisdiction. Dubbed the…more
| Administrative Law, Communications & Media Law, Conflict of Laws, Elections & Politics, Consumer Protection

2015 Omnibus Provides $123 Million in Funding for the CPSC with No User Fee Authorization; Report Language Focuses on Test Burden Reduction, Import Surveillance, and Report on “Auto-Update” Mechanism for CPSC Safety Standards

Update: After some uncertainty, Congress passed and the President is expected to sign the 2015 Omnibus bill into law. The report language of the Omnibus bill incorporated by reference House Report 113-508, which accompanied a…more
| Elections & Politics, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

More GMO Woes: Another Corn Exporter Sues Syngenta for its Failure to Isolate its GMO Corn

Last month, Archer Daniels Midland Co. (“ADM”) joined a slew of corn exporters and other stakeholders who have sued Syngenta based on allegations that China rejected these exporters’ products because Syngenta’s genetically…more
| Agriculture, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

PSC to Discuss Draft Phthalates Rule at December 5th Meeting

On December 5, 2014 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will be briefed by staff on a recommendation to issue a proposed rule to permanently prohibit five phthalates – DINP, DIBP, DPENP, DHEXP, DCHP – from…more
| Environmental Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Senate Confirms Adler; Locks Democratic Majority at CPSC until October 2017

Late yesterday the U.S. Senate confirmed current Commissioner and former Acting-Chairman Robert S. Adler to a second 7 year term as a CPSC Commissioner by a 53-44 vote. With Commissioner Adler’s confirmation, the five-member…more
| Elections & Politics, Consumer Protection

Class Action Defense Counsel adding ‘The Pick Off’ to Their Playbooks

In recent years, we’ve noticed a new maneuver that class-action defense counsel have increasingly added to their playbooks: The Pick Off. This is how the play is run: Offer the named plaintiff(s) full relief through a Rule 68…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

Cloture Filed on Adler Nomination; Burgess Named Subcommittee Chairman

Yesterday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture on the re-nomination of Robert Adler to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If cloture is invoked—meaning three-fifths of…more
| Elections & Politics, Consumer Protection

CPSC Focusing on Three Areas for Reduction of CPSIA Testing Burdens

At their April Senate confirmation hearing, both incoming CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Joe Mohorovic pledged to Senator John Thune (R-SD) to submit plans for reducing third party testing burdens within 60 days of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Consumer Protection, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Taste of Things to Come? Whole Foods Feels Sting of “Non-GMO” Litigation

As we’ve explored in past posts, mandatory GMO-labeling legislation has, at best, a spotty track record among state legislatures. Nevertheless, the GMO issue continues to draw the public’s attention, and it is becoming clear…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

November Elections Impact the Food & Beverage Industry (Part 1)

Bids to require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) were voted down in Colorado and Oregon on Tuesday. Colorado voters rejected Proposition 105, with nearly 70% of voters saying no; while…more
| Communications & Media Law, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Consumer Protection

CPSC Announces Largest Civil Penalty to Date for Alleged Failure to Timely Report

On October 28, 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Baja Inc., and its corporate affiliate, One World Technologies Inc., of Anderson, S.C., agreed to pay a $4.3 million civil penalty to resolve…more
| Consumer Protection, Products Liability

FDA and the Center for Food Safety Reach Settlement Regarding FDA’s GRAS Rule

On October 20, 2014, FDA reached a settlement with the Center for Food Safety (“CFS”) in litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. This litigation is related to FDA’s rule for food additives…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection

Battle of the Experts Still Brewin’ in Starbucks Trial

In April 2010, the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) sued Starbucks Corp. and other coffee sellers alleging they violated California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, passed by California voters…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

GAO Releases Report on CPSC Response to New and Emerging Hazards

On October 14, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report entitled “Consumer Product Safety Commission: Challenges and Options for Responding to New and Emerging Risks.” The report analyzes the timeliness of…more
| Administrative Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability
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