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Deja Vu All Over Again: Federal GMO Labeling Legislation Re-Introduced

Last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore)–joined by chef-lebrity Tom Colicchio–announced the reintroduction of The , a federal bill that would mandate the…more
| Agriculture, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics

New Product Safety Bills Address Child-Resistant Packaging for E-Cigarettes and Detergent Pods

Last year, we wrote about legislative efforts on Capitol Hill to require the CPSC to implement a rule requiring childproof packaging for liquid nicotine containers. Liquid nicotine typically refills the vials for e-cigarettes,…more
| Consumer Protection, Health, Products Liability

FTC Tastes “Sweet” Victory: The Implications of POM Wonderful for Government Practice

In part two of this two-part series, we explore two critical takeaways for those facing potential government intervention: (1) the implications of the Court’s deference to the Commission, and (2) whether a substantive disclaimer…more
| Administrative Law, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

No Representation Without Substantiation? What POM Wonderful v. FTC Means for Consumer Class Actions

POM Wonderful vs. FTC in DC Court of AppealsIn this first post of a two-part series, we take a closer look at last Friday’s decision in POM Wonderful v. FTC by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which has…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection

Nationwide Should be Applauded for Pro-Safety Super Bowl Ad

Last Sunday, during the Super Bowl, Nationwide Insurance ran a controversial commercial entitled “Make Safe Happen.” The advertisement features a young child experiencing memorable moments growing up. However, viewers are…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Even Further Down the Rabbit Hole: New EU Legislation Adds to GMO Quagmire

A vote by European Union (EU) lawmakers in mid-January gave individual governments within the 28-nation bloc the authority to decide whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be grown and cultivated within their borders…more
| Agriculture, Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade

Albany County, NY Enacts Stringent Children’s Product Safety Law

Do local governments, such as town councils and county legislatures, have a role in regulating consumer products that is typically reserved for the federal and state governments? Apparently, the legislature and executive of…more
| Administrative Law, Conflict of Laws, Consumer Protection, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Products Liability

Proposition 65 May Mean More Than Warning Signs and Lawsuits

As this space has discussed, Proposition 65 has been the subject of attempts by the California Legislature to reform the enforcement of the law. Recently, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Environmental Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

CPSC and E-Commerce Giant Alibaba Ink Deal to Block Sale of Recalled Products to U.S. Consumers

Following an ABC 20/20 investigative story where CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye called Craigslist’s failure to block the sale of recalled products “morally irresponsible,” the agency announced yesterday that it has entered into an…more
| Consumer Protection, Products Liability

New Year Brings CPSC Civil Penalty for Axe Manufacturer

On January 5, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Gerber Legendary Blades, a division of Fiskars Brands Inc., has agreed to pay a $2.6 million civil penalty to resolve charges that it…more
| Consumer Protection, Products Liability

Jobs-ed: New Class Action Pulls Apple into California’s “Food Court”

In our continuing efforts to highlight litigation trends that affect consumer product companies, we often focus on class actions brought in California and, especially, its federal Northern District. The Northern District of…more
| Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Ho Ho Ho GMO! The 2014 GMO Legislation Scorecard

This has been a big year for GMO legislation. In 2014 alone, 25 states have proposed 67 pieces of legislation aimed either at the labeling of products containing GMOs or at the ban of GMO-containing crops. While this space has…more
| Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

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
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