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Category Archives: International Trade

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Government Blocks Companies from Importing and Selling Children’s Products after Alleged Non-Compliance with Product Safety Laws

Posted in Import/Export, Product Liability & Torts
The U.S. Department of Justice and Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced that they had entered into consent decrees with three New York-based toy companies and five individuals for importing and selling products that violate the Federal Hazardous Substances Act and the Consumer Product Safety Act. The consent decrees enter permanent injunctions against the companies… Continue Reading

Webinar: This Year in Trade — C&M’s First 100 Days Series

Posted in Import/Export, International Trade
From economic sanctions to import tariffs, the incoming Trump administration has suggested it will seek to implement almost immediately significant changes in international trade policy and enforcement. In addition to these potentially seismic shifts, technological and social developments reshaping international trade rules and global supply chains are gathering speed, from the expanding adoption of blockchain… Continue Reading

Join C&M and other legal experts for the FBA’s Fashion Law Conference

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Antitrust & Claims Recovery, Consumer Class Action, International Trade, IP/Brand Protection, Privacy & Data Protection
On February 12, 2016, the Federal Bar Association will host a day-long Fashion Law Conference at Parsons School of Design (Starr Foundation Hall in the New School’s stunning new University Center) on the last day of New York Fashion Week! Speakers include in-house counsel from The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., Tiffany & Co., New York &… Continue Reading

Mexico Publishes List of Minimum Reference Price for Textile and Apparel Imports

Posted in Corporate & Transactions, Import/Export, International Trade
On January 6th, the Mexican Government published a new list of apparel and textile goods with “estimated prices.” These prices are the minimum reference price that goods ranging from raw materials to finished products may be imported into Mexico and is categorized by Harmonized Tariff Schedule classification number. Shipments entered below these prices will be… Continue Reading

WEBINAR: The Fusion of Fashion & Technology (Oct. 20, 2-3 pm ET)

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Events, International Trade, IP/Brand Protection
Crowell & Moring is partnering with the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) for an October 20 webinar covering the emerging legal landscape for the fashion industry in the digital media age. The webinar will run from 2:00 to 3:00 pm ET and will explore how to: Best protect your intellectual property rights as fashion… Continue Reading

CPSC Brings Action in Federal Court Against Michaels Stores

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, International Trade
Last week, the Department of Justice filed an action against Michaels Stores on behalf of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”).  According to the complaint, between 2006 and 2010 Michaels sold glass vases which were prone to shattering in consumers’ hands and caused multiple injuries. The complaint alleges that (1) despite receiving injury reports from… Continue Reading

Do you know where your products are manufactured?

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, International Trade
On August 19, 2014, the Department of Justice announced that Samsung Electronics had agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a qui tam lawsuit alleging Samsung had caused its resellers to violate the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) by selling Samsung products manufactured in non-designated countries (primarily China) on their GSA Multiple Award Schedule contracts. This… Continue Reading

Sixth Round of TTIP Negotiations Concludes in Brussels

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, EU Regulation, International Trade
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations formally commenced on July 8, 2013. A little over a year later, the negotiators have held six rounds of negotiations. The most recent round of negotiations was held during the week of July 14-18 in Brussels, and the seventh round is now expected for D.C. in late… Continue Reading

WEBINAR: Changes in U.S. Chemical Laws (and how they impact manufacturers, importers, and consumer product companies)

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Environment & Natural Resources, International Trade
On Wednesday, September 4, 2013 from 2:00-3:30 pm EST, a Crowell & Moring team of regulatory and public policy attorneys, along with a subject-matter expert from Exponent, will host a webinar examining the current status of TSCA modernization efforts and the potential impacts on manufacturers and importers.  The discussion will include an analysis of the… Continue Reading

EU Food Labeling – Where Is the Beef From?

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, EU Regulation, International Trade
Politicians and public interest groups in the European Union are showing renewed interest in expanded country of origin labeling requirements in the wake of February’s horse meat scandal, where lasagna and other products sold in the EU purportedly made from beef were found instead to contain horse meat. Specifically, attention is focused on Regulation (EU)… Continue Reading

California’s Proposed “Green Chemistry” Regulations Will Impact Consumer Product Manufacturers, Importers and Retailers

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Environment & Natural Resources, International Trade
On July 27, 2012, California released a revised draft of its Safer Consumer Products Regulations—commonly known as the "Green Chemistry Initiative." The proposed regulations establish a process for California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and product manufacturers to assess whether consumer products containing certain "chemicals of concern" can be made with safer ingredients. Once… Continue Reading

The CPSC Leaps Into China

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, International Trade
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) just announced a giant leap forward in its effort to protect U.S. consumers against defective products manufactured in China. To combat the increasing frequency with which hazardous Chinese consumer products enter the United States, on January 10, 2011, the CPSC opened an office in China. The CPSC hopes that this… Continue Reading

Protecting Your Brand from Allegations of “Biopiracy”

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, International Trade
Cosmetics, food, and other products sold by retailers often contain ingredients based on R&D conducted on plant and animal DNA/RNA or “genetic resources.” But what retailers, manufacturers, and others in the supply chain may not know is the ultimate origin of those genetic resources. They may need to start paying attention.… Continue Reading

EU Retailers Fail to Reply to “Right to Know” Requests from Consumers Under REACH

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, EU Regulation, International Trade
The new EU REACH Regulation establishes an integrated system for the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances. It also provides “right to know” provisions allowing consumers to ask suppliers if their products contain Substances of Very High Concern (“SVHCs”) listed on an official Candidate List. Suppliers are obliged to reply within 45 days and free… Continue Reading