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HTMLGuilty Convictions in Salmonella Trial May Signify Landmark in Criminal Food-Safety Prosecutions
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014
This space has thoroughly explored the various forms of civil liability food companies face for the mislabeling and/or deceptive marketing of their products. Last week, a set of landmark convictions in a criminal food-safety prosecution potentially signal increased criminal liability for food...


HTMLHawaii G-M-O: Kauai County GMO Regs Struck Down in Federal Court
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 28, 2014
Throughout the year, this space has periodically re-visited the topic of regulating the manufacture and labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) at the state and federal level. This week, a lawsuit out of Kauai, Hawaii shed light on the fate of these regulations at the county...


HTMLPortable Butane Stove Burn Injuries Still Cause Unnecessary Harm
Todd A. Walburg; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 22, 2014
Portable butane stoves are a great convenience, making it possible for campers and others without access to a fixed stove to cook meals. While they are available for as little as ten or fifteen dollars, unfortunately these convenient portable stoves and butane burners can cause severe burn injuries...


HTMLStrict Products Liability And Implied Warranty Of Merchantability Claims Allowed To Proceed Against Air Mattress Manufacturer And Retailer
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 16, 2014, previously published on July 10, 2014
The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida denied a motion to dismiss a plaintiff’s strict products liability and implied warranty of merchantability claims against an air mattress manufacturer and the retailer from which the product was purchased. The plaintiff was allegedly...


HTMLA Foreign Manufacturer May be Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in the United States Under the “Stream of Commerce” Theory Where It Is Closely Affiliated with Its Intermediary Distributer
Sarah M. Grago; Semmes Bowen Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 2014
In Valichka v. Kettler Int’l, Inc., et al., the United States District Court for the District of Maryland denied Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction. Plaintiff William Valichka (“Valichka”) sued Defendants Kettler International, Inc., (D/B/A...


HTMLEconomic Manufacturing Quantities: The Right Amount and the Right Locations
Nicholas E. Williams; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 8, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014
Does your manufacturing firm have enough facilities creating the optimum number of products in the right locations? As manufacturing abroad became viable, the siting options became innumerable. Now, already difficult decisions are becoming more complicated due to market trends. Oil prices are...


HTMLPrior Incident Evidence Held Inadmissible in Heater Manufacturing Defect Case in Illinois Federal Court
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 25, 2014
On a camping trip in 2010, a father was killed and his son seriously injured after the “bulk mount” propane radiant heater they were using released a deadly amount of carbon monoxide. The heater was a large commercial heater, designed to operate off of a 20-pound or larger propane tank,...


HTMLJumping on the "Made in the U.S.A." Bandwagon
Nicholas K. Austin, Robert J. Vechiola; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 20, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014
Retailers are increasingly praising the importance of placing the “Made in the USA” phrase on their product packaging and labels. Customers, not only in the U.S. but worldwide, are now demanding “Made in America” merchandise. The time is ripe for savvy manufacturers and...


HTMLChicago Innovation Hub Gets First Grant - Adaptive Vehicles
Jeffrey A. Soble; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 18, 2014, previously published on June 16, 2014
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute has its first grant. That grant, $10 million, is from the Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA). DARPA develops new technologies for the United States military.


HTMLIs America Ready for "Made in the U.S.A." Clothing?
Andrea I. Gonzalez; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 18, 2014, previously published on June 11, 2014
While the reshoring tide is undeniably rising, the prospect of clothing and apparel manufacturing returning to the United States remains uncertain. Back in the 1960s, about 95% of clothing worn in the U.S.A. was also made here. Today the opposite is true. Can we flip the switch again?


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