Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Legal Insight for the Retail and Consumer Products Industry

Emma K. Burton

Emma K. Burton

Emma K. Burton is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Product Liability & Torts Group. Emma’s practice focuses on civil litigation involving product liability, toxic tort, and environmental matters, with a focus on complex health and life science cases regarding alleged injury from exposure to chemical products. Emma is experienced in litigating matters involving particular scientific knowledge, such as developmental toxicology, epidemiology, pharmacokinetics and genetics. Emma also has unique experience in the use of, and challenges to, expert testimony in the fields of science and medicine. She has successfully authored numerous briefs resulting in the exclusion of unqualified and improper expert opinions under Daubert and similar state standards. See Bourne v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 189 F. Supp. 2d 482 (S.D. W.V. 2002);Bourne v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 1161 (4th Cir. 2004); Bowen v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 2005 WL 1952859 (Del. Super. Ct. June 23, 2005).

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Turf Wars: The Attack On Crumb Rubber Synthetic Turf

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Environment & Natural Resources, Product Liability & Torts
Many universities and local governments have installed synthetic turf made with “crumb rubber” – ground up tires – on playing fields and playgrounds in recent years to obtain the advantages of all-season use and lower maintenance costs. In recent months, however, the media and a growing group of critics contend that the crumb rubber used… Continue Reading

Microbead Bans Expanding

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Environment & Natural Resources
The number of states who have banned the use of microbeads in personal care products is growing, with California being the most recent to join the trend.  California and New Jersey laws expand their bans to include biodegradable microbeads; Johnson & Johnson and Proctor & Gamble both opposed the California law.  The Personal Care Products Council,… Continue Reading