Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Legal Insight for the Retail and Consumer Products Industry

Monica Welt

Monica Welt

Monica M. Welt is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Product Liability & Torts Group whose practice focuses on environmental tort litigation, mass tort litigation, product liability risk management, and recall counseling. She has experience with class actions and multidistrict proceedings, and has represented clients in a range of industries, including chemicals, automotive, petroleum, power, steel, lumber, agriculture, railroad, children’s products, and aviation. In both 2013 and 2014, Monica was selected by her peers as a “Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Rising Star” for class actions and toxic torts. In 2014, Monica was selected to be a member of the Product Liability Law360 Editorial Advisory Board.

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Marketing hocus pocus – Etsy says witches and Wiccans must substantiate their claims

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
If you think only corporate America needs to worry about claims substantiation, think again.  As reported in the Washington Post, popular handicrafts sale site Etsy is cracking down on witches and Wiccans for lack of advertising substantiation regarding their claims about potions, charms, magic wands and the like sold on the site. Etsy, a $1.8-billion… 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

The Questionable Benefits of California’s Prop 65 Reform

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Environment & Natural Resources
Many experts agree the California public has become immune to the warnings on goods and premises required by Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Instead of educating the public, the more notable outcome is a burgeoning cottage industry of plaintiff attorneys bringing frivolous “bounty hunter” enforcement lawsuits against businesses… Continue Reading