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Tobacco companies sue state for cigarette fee

by GableGotwals on

The tobacco fee’s critics warned that the state might get sued because of the measure, and they were right. Tobacco companies filed a lawsuit Wednesday to argue the measure is unconstitutional. Tobacco giant Phillip Morris...more

Clorox Seeks Dismissal of Remaining Claims in Woodman’s Food Market Suit

In the latest development in Woodman’s Food Market v. Clorox—the saga between Clorox and Woodman’s that last year generated a landmark Robinson-Patman Act (RP Act) decision by the Seventh Circuit—Clorox is asking the district...more

New York District Court Flushes Nationwide Class, Permits New York Classes to Go Forward

by Carlton Fields on

In three related actions before the Eastern District of New York, consumer plaintiffs who purchased moist toilet wipes manufactured and produced by Kimberly-Clark and sold by Costco alleged that defendants mislabeled the...more

Important New Business Tax Proposals for U.S. Tax System

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

During the past few months, there has been considerable speculation over potential changes to the U.S. tax system that could have an impact on international businesses. At this stage, the discussions are preliminary and the...more

International Product Liability Review - Issue 65

by Hogan Lovells on

The International Product Liability Review provides quality updates and comment from around the world on legal developments in the field of product liability and product safety. Please see full Publication below for more...more

The (Border) Adjustment Bureau: Hold On to Your (Imported) Hats

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Retailers would be wise to pay close attention to the upcoming tax-plan deliberations of the 115th U.S. Congress. A proposal currently being considered would adjust the U.S. corporate tax by making imports a non-deductible...more

The Road to Recall: Evaluating Defects for Substantial Product Hazard

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or the Commission) is the regulatory agency responsible for protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. Pursuant to...more

Top 10 Litigation Risks and Trends for Retailers

by Perkins Coie on

With the 2016 holiday shopping season in full swing, the risk of litigation heightens for retailers. We created our own version of a “holiday list” to identify the top-10 risk areas where retailers may be vulnerable to claims...more

Palm Oil Supply Chain Abuses Reported by Amnesty International: Steps to Mitigate Legal Risk

by Perkins Coie on

Amnesty International recently released a report alleging that supply chains for production of palm oil—a common ingredient in many consumer products—are tainted by forced and child labor. In the nearly 150-page report titled...more

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

by Stinson Leonard Street on

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

Update: Fundamental Change to U.S. Warranty Law: Consumer Warranties Can Soon be Posted Online

Recent changes to the federal statute governing warranties on consumer products will make it easier and more cost-effective for consumer product manufacturers and suppliers to satisfy the federally-mandated warranty...more

Learn More Next Week on FCPA Compliance and Leadership

by Thomas Fox on

If you are in Houston next Thursday, September 15, and want to hear three of the city’s top compliance practitioners, I invite you to join myself and the members of the Greater Houston Business and Ethics Roundtable (GHBER)...more

Seventh Circuit Reverses Promotional Service Decision Under the Robinson-Patman Act

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On August 12, 2016, the Seventh Circuit decided Woodman’s Food Market, Inc. v. Clorox Co., No. 15-3001, and held that Clorox’s refusal to sell bulk-sized packages of certain products to some retailers, like Woodman’s, when it...more

Package Size Is Not a “Service” Under Section 2(e) of the Robinson-Patman Act, Says Seventh Circuit in Clorox

On August 12, the Seventh Circuit issued its decision in Woodman’s Food Market v. Clorox Co., an appeal that we have been watching closely. The Seventh Circuit’s ruling, which held that product package size is not a...more

Refusal to Sell Bulk-Size Packs, Without More, Is Not Price Discrimination – “Size is Not a Service”

Woodman’s Food Market, Inc. v. Clorox Co., No. 15-3001 (7th Cir. August 12, 2016). Clorox Sales Company and Clorox Company produce a range of consumer goods. Clorox sold goods to Plaintiff Woodman’s Food Market, a...more

Seventh Circuit Decrees That Package Size Alone Is Not Enough for a Robinson-Patman Claim

On August 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion in Woodman's Farm Market, Inc. v. The Clorox Co., No. 15-3001 (7th Cir. August 12, 2016), in which it held that a plaintiff cannot state...more

EU Retail News - July 2016

by Bryan Cave on

BREXIT – THE NEXT STEPS - Despite the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the European Union in exactly the same way as they have done in the past –...more

Legal Update: Regulation of E - Cigarettes

by Barley Snyder on

On May 5, 2016, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new regulations governing the sale of e-cigarettes, hookahs, dissolvable tobacco, pipe tobacco, cigars and other tobacco products (ENDS). The new rule...more

FDA Regulation of E-Cigarettes: The What, When, and Warnings

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On May 10, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule extending its regulation of "tobacco products" to include electronic cigarettes and similar products, sometimes called Electronic Nicotine Delivery...more

What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: Product Regulations and Importing into the United States - What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You...

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

What do the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have in common? Each is, of...more

Watch Out: Ontario Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes/Initiatives Are Coming

by Dentons on

The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced its 2016 and 2017 enforcement blitz and initiative schedule. In an effort to emphasize the importance of protecting workers’ rights and ensuring employer compliance with both...more

Watch Out: Ontario Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes/Initiatives Are Coming

by Dentons on

The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced its 2016 and 2017 enforcement blitz and initiative schedule. In an effort to emphasize the importance of protecting workers’ rights and ensuring employer compliance with both...more

No Rule of Reason Here: State AG Reminds Manufacturers That Minimum Retail Price Agreements Are Illegal Per Se in Maryland with...

by K&L Gates LLP on

In 2007, the Supreme Court overturned almost a century of precedent by ruling that vertical price restraints were no longer per se violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act (the “Sherman Act”), finding they would now be...more

7th Circuit Not Convinced That Bulk Packaging Constitutes a Promotional Service Under The Robinson-Patman Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Robinson-Patman Act (the “RPA” or the “Act”) is designed to ensure fair competition among purchasers. The Act separately addresses different forms of unlawful discrimination between competing purchasers — section 2(a)...more

Made in the USA? Or not?

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

When can a company tout its products as "Made in the USA"? Different (sometimes conflicting) standards under federal and state law can make it difficult for shoppers to know what they’re buying and manufacturers and retailers...more

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