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|FDA Issues Two Final Rules to Help Consumers Keep Track of Calories|
Justin J. Prochnow; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 02, 2014The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments, as well as on certain vending machines. In announcing the finalization of the two rules, FDA...
|Opening Pandora’s Inbox: Potential Impact of NLRB’s Decision to Grant Employee Access to Company Email Systems|
Laurent Badoux; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 16, 2014The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has arguably swung Pandora’s box wide open by declaring that employees who have access to a company email system for business purposes now have the right to use that system to voice their disagreement with their working conditions to co-workers and...
|Ingredients in Herbal Supplements Called into Question|
Adam S. Doner; Gordon & Doner, P.A.;
February 13, 2015The health industry has created a movement wherein herbal supplements have become a $60 billion dollar industry. The ingredients found in store brands at four particular retailers though have been called into question.
|CPSC Focusing on Three Areas for Reduction of CPSIA Testing Burdens|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 19, 2014At their April Senate confirmation hearing, both incoming CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Joe Mohorovic pledged to Senator John Thune (R-SD) to submit plans for reducing third party testing burdens within 60 days of confirmation. Rather than send separate plans, Kaye and Mohorovic...
|Social Media as a Risk Management Tool?|
Thomas M. DeMicco; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
November 8, 2014, previously published on May 1, 2014I recently read an article titled “When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue,” written by Stephanie Strom of the New York Times, that reported an interesting change in the way manufacturers are dealing with consumers and using social media as a risk management...
|Update: Anti-Tire Aging Legislation in Massachusetts|
Robert D. Sullivan; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
November 8, 2014, previously published on May 20, 2014Our February 18, 2014 blog, Massachusetts, Where Only Young Rubber Hits the Road, covered An Act to Increase Road Safety, proposed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives, which was assigned bill tracking number H3016. The Act would require issuance of a rejection certificate for any vehicle...
|CPSC Clarifies Changes to Monthly Recall Report Form|
Matthew Cohen, Matthew R. Howsare, Charles A. Samuels; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
October 20, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014In May, we advised readers conducting recalls that the CPSC’snew monthly “recall progress report” form may catch you by surprise. Among other changes, the form included new provisions requesting companies to report recall notification statistics on social media platforms like...
|Two Deaths Prompt Bean Bag Recall|
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
October 19, 2014, previously published on September 30, 2014Ace Bayou Corp., of New Orleans, La., announced the voluntary recall of about 2.2 million bean bag chairs following the deaths of two children. A 13-year old boy from McKinney, Texas died and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Ky. died after suffocating from lack of air and inhaling the chair's foam...
|Cargo Net Playgrounds Pose Strangulation Hazard|
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
October 19, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges parents to check outdoor play equipment with a cargo net feature before allowing children to play. Some nets have openings with a perimeter length of between 17-28 inches which could allow a child's head to pass through it causing head entrapment...
|Product Safety Update from Capitol Hill (Part Three)|
Matthew Cohen; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
October 10, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014Earlier this year, we began a series of blog entries to update our readers on legislative efforts on Capitol Hill that affect stakeholders within the product safety arena. Over the summer, we updated you on an amendment to an appropriations bill passed in the House of Representatives that would...