Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Legal Insight for the Retail and Consumer Products Industry

Laura Jastrem Walther

Laura Jastrem Walther

Laura Jastrem Walther is a counsel based in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring. She practices in the Product Liability & Torts and Advertising & Product Risk Management groups with particular focus on consumer product litigation and regulatory counseling. She has experience with class actions and has represented clients in connection with a wide array of products including children’s products, fire safety products, plumbing parts and other building materials, automotive products and aviation products.

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Some Assembly Required: When Product Instructions Implicate Legal Concerns

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
I was feeling rather smug, having ordered a children’s product and shipped it home in advance of visiting my parents with my four year old. But as I was congratulating myself on advanced planning, I received a series of emails from my parents. The product required some assembly, and the instructions appeared to be incorrect. I confess my… Continue Reading

Is Makeup About to Get Ugly? Plaintiffs’ Counsel May See the High Promises of Some Cosmetics Advertisements as a Source of Litigation

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Consumer Class Action
While a study hardly seems necessary to confirm it, an article published in the Journal of Global Fashion Marketing reports that of 289 cosmetics ads surveyed, only 18% could be viewed as generally trustworthy. While some may view this finding to be mere common sense, others – particularly plaintiffs’ counsel looking for potential class action claims… Continue Reading

How Much Cucumber is in My Eye Cream? Why In-House Counsel for Cosmetics Companies Should Care

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
Perusing the labels at your typical cosmetics counter or pharmacy aisle can feel akin to reading the menu of options for a smoothie bar.  “Antioxidants,” “Aloe,” “Vitamin C,” “Almond extract,” “natural fruit,” and “protein” all appear to be popular options.  When it comes to specifics, labels often vary from saying that an ingredient is contained… Continue Reading

Highlights from the National Law Journal Regulatory Summit 2014

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Privacy & Data Protection
At this year’s National Law Journal (NLJ) Regulatory Summit in Washington, DC, held on December 1, 2014, speakers focused on the current and future of the federal regulatory landscape in the United States.  Highlights included: Former Congressional Leaders Speak on Future Trends in Health Care and Other Sectors The featured speakers included former U.S. Senate… Continue Reading

Highlights from NAD and CARU Annual Conference in NYC: New Technology, But Old Principles

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
At this year’s National Advertising Division (NAD) annual conference in New York City held on September 29-30, the hot news was old news—speakers from NAD, FTC and various stakeholders emphasized a back-to-basics focus. For instance, Crowell & Moring’s Chris Cole moderated a panel on product demonstrations. The panel discussed recent NAD decisions, but these recent… Continue Reading

What’s Happening at CPSC This Fall

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
As the slow days of summer draw  to a close, school children are not the only ones facing a busy fall  workload. The U.S. Consumer Product  Safety Commission has a packed agenda this fall, and heading into 2015. Here are some of the issues consumer product manufacturers, distributors, and retailers should be following: 1110  Hearing: The… Continue Reading

CPSC Voluntary Recall Rule and the Impact on Disclosure of Manufacturer Self-reports Under Section 15(b)

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
Far too often, we look at each rule an agency issues as a standalone rule impacting the specific stated regulatory objective. With regard to the long-awaited revisions to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Information Disclosure Rules under section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act, expected to be released shortly, all eyes will be… Continue Reading