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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Today's consumer product manufacturers, distributors, importers, and retailers are operating in an era of intense scrutiny. Because the focus on consumer products has never been sharper, companies are being asked to navigate an increasingly complex regulatory environment, where they must contend with rules and regulations that will require timely decisions to be made on matters that are often complex, costly, and critical to the success of the company. Yet, when a consumer product issue is discovered, regulatory matters are not the only area of concern. As any consumer product manufacturer, distributor, importer, or retailer knows, litigation always looms when a potential issue is identified with a product. Consumer Products Liability is designed to give manufacturers, distributors, importers, and retailers of consumer products - as well as their counsel - an overview of some of the applicable laws and regulations that govern consumer products and provide tips on how to assess a consumer product event, from both a regulatory and litigation perspective, while minimizing the associated risks and costs.

About the Authors:
Barbara A. Lukeman is a partner in the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP. Her practice focuses on issues that recur in bringing a product to market, including advice on packaging, instructions, product labeling, warnings, risk assessment, reporting obligations, product recall procedures, and defending products liability litigation on behalf of manufacturers, importers, and distributors.
Thomas M. Mealiffe is an attorney with the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP. He represents companies in a variety of markets, including food and industrial manufacturing, health care, consumer products, aviation and startup technologies in commercial, complex tort, and products liability disputes throughout the country.

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