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Manufacturers, Importers and Retailers Must Take Action Following DTSC Reveal of Priority Products

Once again, California is on the leading edge of environmental programs. An approaching April 1, 2014, deadline for publication of a “Priority Products List” under “Safer Consumer Products Regulations” that first went into...more

Quebec Consumer Protection Legislation : More Changes in Sight

Bottom line: The consumer protection regulator in Quebec, the “Office de la protection du consommateur” (the “Office”) is proposing modifications to the province’s consumer protection laws. Interested parties have until...more

Personalized Products Companies and the Consumer Product Safety Act

We have previously blogged about the sometimes difficult decision that companies face when classifying their products as “children’s” or “general-use” products and the uncertainty of predicting whether the Consumer Product...more

California’s New Green Chemistry Regulations Taking Effect

New California regulations awaiting final approval may soon require businesses to study alternatives to certain chemicals used in their products, and in some cases, redesign products or pull them from the market. ...more

Determining Who To Sue In Defective Product Claims

The Sacramento Kings professional basketball team is suing over an exercise ball that burst and injured one of their players. Francisco Garcia broke his wrist when the ball burst while he was laying on it lifting weights. ...more

Statutory Claims Against Manufacturers

When a dissatisfied consumer sues a manufacturer in Ontario, the unhappy consumer will frequently rely upon the Sale of Goods Act and the Consumer Protection Act, 2002. However, neither statute applies if the consumer did...more

Foreign direct investment norms in India further relaxed

In a significant development, the Government of India, announced measures to encourage investment by liberalising foreign direct investment norms. Foreign direct investment limits have been raised across several key sectors...more

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

As of last year, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act requires qualifying businesses to disclose their efforts to eradicate human trafficking and slavery from their direct supply chains. ...more

Manufacturers and Retailers Doing Business in California Are Required to Take Action to Prevent Slavery and Human Trafficking

Lawmakers are looking to businesses to help curb the growing problem of human trafficking. The first in a series of a new wave of legislation has taken effect. Manufacturers, retailers and others in the supply chain are...more

Who’s Responsible for the Misfit Toys? Strategies for Allocating Risk in a Global Economy

In the famous Rankin/Bass holiday special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer runs away from home and, during his ensuing adventures, visits the Island of Misfit Toys. The island is filled with poorly designed and unwanted toys...more

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