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|You Want Fries With That? New North Carolina Law Restricts Obesity Related Tort Claims|
Christian H. Staples; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
October 15, 2013, previously published on October 9, 2013North Carolina House Bill 683, known as the Commonsense Consumption Act (“Act”), became effective on October 1, 2013. The Act contains two main provisions. First, it provides that no city or county ordinance may prohibit the sale of soft drinks above a certain size. For this reason, the...
|What is California Up To? - The Initial List of Candidate Chemicals is Published|
Keller Heckman LLP;
October 8, 2013, previously published on October 4, 2013The California Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR) took effect on October 1, 2013. http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/LawsRegsPolicies/Regs/upload/Text-of-Final-Safer-Consumer-Products-Regulations-2.pdf The CA Dept of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released a list of 150 informational...
|Closing Time: How the Government Shutdown Affects Global Trade|
October 7, 2013, previously published on October 2013With no Cinderella story last night, as of October 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM, the Federal Government is officially shut down. As a result, all “non-essential” federal workers will be furloughed and federal agencies cannot continue their routine operations. However, not all agency operations...
|Update: CPSC Shortens Comment Period on Voluntary Standards Amendment|
Matthew R. Howsare; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
October 4, 2013, previously published on October 2, 2013We recently wrote about CPSC’s proposed amendment to its current limitations on CPSC staff’s participation in voluntary standards organizations. Under the proposed amendment, staff would be allowed to cast votes on voluntary standards and hold leadership positions on voluntary standard...
|Health Canada Releases New Guidelines for Civil Penalties System|
Matthew Cohen, Charles A. Samuels; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
September 25, 2013, previously published on September 23, 2013Readers of our blog tend to pay a lot of attention to federal and state product safety developments for obvious reasons. But, if your firm sells consumer products abroad, such as to Canadian consumers, paying attention to international product safety standards and enforcement policies or...
|Product Liability Lawyers at the Drawing Board: Risk Assessment Begins at the Beginning|
Howard I. Miller; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
September 20, 2013, previously published on September 19, 2013I used to jokingly tell people that when I moved from design engineering into the law I went from the most productive field in the world to the most counter-productive field. This joke plays on the common misconception that lawyers are risk-averse naysayers who stifle innovation and focus on how...
|CPSC Likely to Proceed with October Hearing on Magnet Rule|
Matthew Cohen; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
September 17, 2013, previously published on September 16, 2013This week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) will decide whether to hold a full Commission hearing to receive oral comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking on magnet set safety. If the meeting notice is approved as drafted, the hearing will take place at 10 AM EST on...
|Going Green: California Adopts Groundbreaking Safer Consumer Products Regulations|
Todd A. Harrison, Claudia A. Lewis, Gregory J. Sater, Erin Elizabeth Warren; Venable LLP;
September 16, 2013, previously published on September 2013On August 28, 2013, California’s Office of Administrative Law approved the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC’s) landmark Safer Consumer Products Regulations. These bold regulations are an integral part of the state’s Green Chemistry Initiative to accelerate the...
|The Reasonable Consumer’s Understanding of “All Natural” - Legal or Factual Issue?|
Michelle Gillette; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
September 14, 2013, previously published on September 12, 2013Would “reasonable consumers” have regarded Paul Cezanne as highly had he painted numerous versions of still life with froot?
|California Green Chemistry Regulation to Be Effective October 1, 2013|
Keller Heckman LLP;
September 9, 2013, previously published on September 4, 2013On August 23, 2013 the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released the final version of the Safer Consumer Products Regulation that had been reviewed by the Office of Administrative Law for a 15 day comment period, limited to comments on the changes that were made as a result of this...