Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

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Rebecca Baden Chaney

Rebecca Baden Chaney

Rebecca Baden Chaney is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice includes a wide-range of product liability litigation and product regulatory counseling matters. She has particular experience representing clients facing claims related to the provision of allegedly defective products. In addition, Rebecca advises clients on a full range of product liability and risk management issues from both the pre-launch and post-launch perspectives. Her regulatory counseling practice focuses primarily on consumer products regulated by the CPSC, as well as automotive parts regulated by NHTSA. In addition, her practice includes white collar defense work, focusing on representing clients before the SEC.

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U.S. Supreme Court: Shaping the Personal Jurisdiction Landscape in Product Liability Cases

Posted in Consumer Class Action, Product Liability & Torts
On June 19, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision clarifying the circumstances in which a lawsuit “arises out of” or “relates to” a corporation’s contacts with a particular jurisdiction, such that it can be sued there. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, writing for an 8-1 majority, Justice Alito held that California… Continue Reading

Update: Class Action Reform Bill Passes House 220-201

Posted in Consumer Class Action
Last month, our colleague Joshua Foust analyzed the then-newly introduced Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017.  The bill, sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), amends procedures used in federal court class action and mass tort litigation.  Last week, on March 9, just one month after Chairman Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the bill,… Continue Reading

Webinar: The Safety Agencies in Transition – What to Expect at FDA, CPSC and NHTSA in the First 100 Days

Posted in Events
Join Us for a Webinar – Thursday, March 30, 2017 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Aggressive enforcement, massive recalls and proactive safety agendas left an indelible impression on the product safety world under the Obama administration. Product safety is no longer a bipartisan affair. But what will the Trump administration mean for your regulatory compliance… Continue Reading

The CPSC Leaps Into China

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, International Trade
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) just announced a giant leap forward in its effort to protect U.S. consumers against defective products manufactured in China. To combat the increasing frequency with which hazardous Chinese consumer products enter the United States, on January 10, 2011, the CPSC opened an office in China. The CPSC hopes that this… Continue Reading