Eric Rubel focuses on product safety matters and related litigation. Mr. Rubel was General Counsel to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from 1994 to 1997. He has extensive experience as a product safety lawyer helping companies at all stages of a product's lifecycle, including to:

  • address potential safety issues before a product is launched,
  • assess compliance with CPSC regulations,
  • develop effective recalls in the US and as part of coordinated global corrective action plans,
  • avoid unnecessary recalls, and
  • defend CPSC late reporting and post-recall sale  investigations and other enforcement actions.

Mr. Rubel helps clients manage and coordinate the various litigation and regulatory matters that may arise out of product safety issues, including consumer class actions and commercial claims.

In addition, Mr. Rubel helps companies navigate state product safety requirements, including in the evolving area of "Green Chemistry" and chemicals of concern.

Mr. Rubel's experience includes representing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of clothing, toys and other children's products, sporting goods, household appliances, home furnishings, heating and cooling equipment, lighting products, computer equipment, lithium-ion batteries, building materials, premiums, packaging, pharmaceutical drugs, cosmetics, and other products.

Perspectives

CPSC Notification Requirements, Recalls and Recent Enforcement Actions: Desk Reference for Section 15 of the Consumer Product Safety Act
Desk Reference
How CPSC Late Reporting Penalty Trends Are Evolving
Appellate Law360, Consumer Protection Law360, Illinois Law360, Product Liability Law360, Retail & E-Commerce Law360, Texas Law360, Trials Law360
FDA Is Not the Only Sheriff in Town for Drug Product Safety Issues: First Civil Penalty Imposed for Alleged Violation of Child-Resistant Packaging Requirements for Drug Products and CPSC Notification Requirements
Seller Beware: Consumer Protection Insights for Industry
President Trump to Nominate Dana Baiocco to be CPSC Commissioner, Signaling Shift in Control
Seller Beware: Consumer Protection Insights for Industry
CPSC Reduces Testing Requirements for Phthalates in Children's Toys and Childcare Articles
Seller Beware: Consumer Protection Insights for Industry
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Recognition

The Legal 500 US
Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Consumer Products (2018)
Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Toxic Tort (2011-2012, 2014-2017)
Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices (2007)
Chambers USA
Product Liability & Mass Torts (Nationwide) (2008-2018)
BTI Client Service All-Star
Received in recognition of direct, independent feedback from corporate counsel (2010)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, The George Washington University Law School, 1985
  • BA, Middlebury College, 1982
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
Government and Military Service
  • General Counsel, US Consumer Product Safety Commission
Clerkships
  • United States Court of International Trade, The Honorable Jane A. Restani
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