Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Legal Insight for the Retail and Consumer Products Industry

Natalia R. Medley

Natalia R. Medley

Natalia R. Medley is a counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office where she focuses on the Torts and Advertising & Product Risk Management groups. She counsels clients on a wide range of consumer product safety issues involving compliance with laws and regulations administered by federal agencies, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Federal Trade Commission. She has also worked closely with clients on issues relating to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. She represents clients in a wide range of tort law cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts. She has experience defending clients in product liability cases, mass tort matters, and toxic tort cases involving environmental contamination claims.

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CPSC Issues $15.45 Million Penalty at the Statutory Maximum

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
The CPSC announced a civil penalty today against Gree Electrical Appliances that hit the statutory maximum of $15.45 million. CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye had previously expressed his desire at a recent trade conference for the Commission to hit a “double digit” million dollar civil penalty and to pursue more criminal charges. Today’s announcement achieved one of those… Continue Reading

Report from FDLI’s 2014 Enforcement, Litigation and Compliance Conference

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Consumer Class Action, Product Liability & Torts
On December 8 and 9, 2014, the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) held its annual Enforcement, Litigation & Compliance Conference in Washington, D.C. Speakers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Justice (DOJ), and other federal agencies, as well as representatives from industry and the private bar, discussed recent activity and… 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

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

EU Consumer Product Safety Law Update

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, EU Regulation
The European Commission has been active this summer in its efforts to advance consumer safety in the European Union. Here are highlights of recent notable events: In-app Purchases. The EU has moved to address consumer protection related to in-app purchases, particularly those made by children, which follows the announcement of similar enforcement actions in the… Continue Reading

What Modernization of CSPC’s Information Disclosure Rules Could Mean for Product Manufacturers

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
The CPSC has proposed a new rule to modernize and streamline the information disclosure process under section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act.  The rule changes the scope of information protected from disclosure and the confidentiality of manufacturer comments submitted in the process. Read more about these changes in our legal commentary, “Upsetting 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

CPSC Approves Publication of Proposed Voluntary Product Recall Rule

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
On November 13, 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 3-1 to publish notice of a proposed interpretive rule that would establish standards for voluntary product recalls, revising 16 CFR part 1115. As approved, the proposed rule, which originally focused on the form and content of recall notice, incorporates several substantive amendments introduced… Continue Reading

Buckyballs® CEO Files Action Against CPSC

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
On November 12, 2013, Craig Zucker, co-founder of Maxfield & Oberton Holdings, LLC (“M&O”), filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Maryland against the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. See Zucker v. Consumer Prod. Safety Comm’n, et al., No. 8:13-cv-03355-DKC. Zucker seeks declaratory and injunctive relief to avoid… Continue Reading

Navigating the U.S. Market for Children’s Products: Guidance for Manufacturers of Infant and Toddler Products

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
Products designed and manufactured for use by infants, toddlers and children must comply with legal requirements at both the federal and state level in order to be sold in the United States. Manufacturers can successfully enter the U.S. children’s product market if they identify what regulations apply to their products, what testing and certification and… Continue Reading

Observations from CPSC’s Settlement of In re Baby Matters Administrative Action

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
On June 14, 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it settled its administrative action against Baby Matters, LLC, manufacturer of Nap Nanny and Chill infant recliner products, in which it sought a mandatory recall. In July 2010, Baby Matters agreed to a voluntary corrective action with the CPSC, providing in part… Continue Reading

Revised U.K. Green Claims Guidance

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Environment & Natural Resources, EU Regulation
Advertising the environmental benefits and attributes of consumer products has become an increasing trend in recent years as companies learn that consumers value “green” goods and services. To address compliance issues encountered in making these types of marketing claims, regulators are formulating guidance for businesses. While the U.S. is in the process of revising its… Continue Reading