Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Legal Insight for the Retail and Consumer Products Industry

Chalana Williams

Chalana Williams

Chalana Williams is an associate in the firm’s Antitrust and Advertising & Product Risk Management groups. Chalana provides litigation and counseling services with a focus on consumer protection matters, as well as the substantiation and defense of advertising claims. She counsels clients on compliance with statutes and regulations enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. Chalana also has experience assisting both challengers and advertisers in disputes before the National Advertising Division (NAD). Her antitrust practice includes representing clients in inquiries by the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission, as well as representing clients seeking to recover damages in private antitrust litigation.

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President Nominates Attorney Dana Baiocco to Consumer Product Safety Commission

Posted in Product Liability & Torts
President Trump has nominated Dana Baiocco to be Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The appointment is for a term of seven years beginning on October 27, 2017. Ms. Baiocco is currently a litigator at Jones Day. According to her firm’s bio, she has litigated cases involving “mass torts, consumer and industrial products and… Continue Reading

The Devil is in the Details: Recordkeeping a Central Focus in FSMA Inspections

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Product Liability & Torts
The Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011, promised sweeping reform of food safety practices from farm to fork, and shifted FDA’s regulatory posture from reacting to food contamination to proactively preventing it. While the Trump administration has vowed to eliminate two regulations for every new… Continue Reading

The FDA Unveils an Updated Nutrition Facts Label

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
On Friday, May 20, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a “refreshed” Nutrition Facts label, which, except for the addition of trans-fats in 2006, had gone largely untouched since 1994. Consumers will not only notice an updated design, which makes the label larger and bolder, but there are more substantive changes that,… Continue Reading

The FDA Issues Warning Letters to Five Distributors of Pure Powdered Caffeine

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Product Liability & Torts
The FDA is cracking down on distributors of pure powdered caffeine. On Tuesday, the agency released a statement announcing that it fully intends to “aggressively monitor the marketplace for pure powdered caffeine products and take action as appropriate.” This is no empty threat. Warning letters were issued to five distributors of the product on August… Continue Reading

Firms Could Face Stiff Penalties for Failing to Follow Recall Orders to a Tee

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance on its mandatory recall authority; in doing so, FDA elaborated on its authority to issue user fees. Food retailers and manufacturers should take note that in the event FDA determines that there is: (1) a reasonable probability that a food product is misbranded… Continue Reading

Use Foam? You may be subject to a new proposed EPA rule

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Environment & Natural Resources
EPA has proposed a new rule to restrict the use of seven toluene diisocyanates (TDIs) in consumer products.  TDIs are commonly used in the production of polyurethanes found in foams, coatings, elastomers, adhesives and sealants used in consumer products.  Flexible foams (for cushioning) and rigid foams (for insulation) are the chief uses for TDI. Published… Continue Reading