Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Legal Insight for the Retail and Consumer Products Industry

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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

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

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

Join Us at Our Product Risk Management Conference in DC

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
Crowell & Moring is pleased to invite you to join us on October 19, 2011 for a dynamic conference entitled Product Risk Management: A Product Lifecycle Approach to Identifying, Mitigating and Managing Legal Risks. This one-day event will provide updates and guidance on the myriad legal issues related to product development, manufacturing and distribution and… Continue Reading

CPSC Votes to Ban Children’s Upper Outerwear with Drawstrings

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management
Retailers will soon be in violation of a new consumer product safety rule if they are found to be selling children’s upper outerwear containing drawstrings. On July 1, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) voted to approve a new consumer product safety rule listing children’s upper outerwear containing drawstrings to be a substantial product hazard… Continue Reading

California Lawsuits Over Seating for Employees Not Limited to Cashiers

Posted in Labor & Employment
Recent months have shown a dramatic increase in suits against retailers by cashiers seeking seats at work. The influx results from two California Court of Appeal decisions in late 2010 that permitted the plaintiff cashiers to pursue suits against their employers for not providing seating. Several suits filed since then come from cashiers seeking to… Continue Reading

Recovery Opportunities for Retailers

Posted in Antitrust & Claims Recovery
On May 5th, Crowell & Moring’s Retail Law partnered with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) to host the first webcast of a 3-part retail law series: “Recovery Opportunities for Retailers: Turning A Retail Law Department Into A Profit Center in Retail Leasing, Global Sourcing and Antitrust Litigation.” The webcast was moderated by the chair… Continue Reading

Another Patent Plaintiff Sets Its Sights on Retailers

Posted in IP/Brand Protection
2011 is rapidly becoming the year that the patent plaintiffs turned their attention to retailers. As previously reported, GeoTag, Inc., recently brought a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas against more than three hundred retailers alleging that store locator functions on the retailers’ websites infringed its patent. Now, another frequent patent plaintiff,… Continue Reading

Supreme Court To Decide Whether Retailers Can Require Individual Arbitration of Customer Claims

Posted in Consumer Class Action
This year, the United States Supreme Court is expected to decide whether a retailer can protect itself against class action lawsuits by including a single claim arbitration provision in its contracts with customers. At issue before the United States Supreme Court is the case of AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion. The question to be decided is… Continue Reading