Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Legal Insight for the Retail and Consumer Products Industry

Tag Archives: consumer products

President Trump Nominates CPSC Acting Chair Buerkle to Serve as Permanent Chair

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
On Monday, President Trump nominated Ann Marie Buerkle, who has served as Acting Chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission since February 9, 2017, to serve as permanent Chair of the Commission.  The appointment is for a term of seven years beginning on October 27, 2018 when her current term expires.  Acting Chair Buerkle’s… Continue Reading

ICPHSO 2017 Annual Meeting & Training Symposium

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Events
The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Training Symposium is being held February 20-23, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Evaluating & Managing Risk.” Cheryl Falvey, former general counsel of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and partner in the Advertising & Product Risk Management Group,… Continue Reading

Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 — Beware of the Negative Online Review

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
Retailers and consumer products companies need to be aware of a new law affecting negative online reviews. On December 14, 2016, President Obama signed the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 (H.R. 5111) into law. The Act voids “non-disparagement clauses” in form contracts designed to prevent consumers from posting negative comments and online reviews of… Continue Reading

VIDEO: Risk Mitigation Strategies and Compliance Programs for Consumer Product Companies

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
Consumer safety is increasingly on the minds of government regulators and consumer product companies. In a three-part video series, Cheri Falvey, Crowell & Moring partner and co-chair of the firm’s Advertising & Product Risk Management Group, as well as former general counsel of the CPSC, breaks down risk mitigation strategies that consumer products companies should… Continue Reading

DOJ’s Recently Articulated Position on the Accessibility of Point-of-Sales Devices

Posted in Consumer Class Action
In January 2014, a blind patron sued Lucky Brand Jeans for discrimination when he was not able to use Lucky Brand’s point-of-sale (“POS”) device to independently complete a debit purchase because the visual touch screen on the POS was not discernible to blind individuals. The plaintiff filed a class action under title III of the… Continue Reading

California’s Proposed “Green Chemistry” Regulations Will Impact Consumer Product Manufacturers, Importers and Retailers

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Environment & Natural Resources, International Trade
On July 27, 2012, California released a revised draft of its Safer Consumer Products Regulations—commonly known as the "Green Chemistry Initiative." The proposed regulations establish a process for California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and product manufacturers to assess whether consumer products containing certain "chemicals of concern" can be made with safer ingredients. Once… 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