Capabilities

Consumer Products

Arnold & Porter provides litigation, regulatory, and transactional services to manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of a broad range of consumer products. Our clients include businesses ranging from FORTUNE 500 companies to small start-up firms selling appliances and other electrical items, electronics, furnishings, toys, clothing, water heaters, furnaces, sports equipment, food, and beverages. Our attorneys regularly counsel these clients on various facets of consumer protection law, such as marketing to youth, comparative claims, use of surveys, privacy, health and diet claims, telemarketing, Internet marketing, and consumer credit and debt collection. We train our clients' external and in-house attorneys in these areas and often assist clients in setting up and monitoring compliance programs.

In litigation matters, we defend clients in class actions, multidistrict litigation, and individual cases involving personal injury claims and property damage from allegedly defective products. We serve our clients by analysis, creative strategy, and zealous advocacy. We have served as national counsel in some of the nation's most significant product liability cases-smoking and health cases for Philip Morris, lead pigment litigation for Atlantic Richfield, and diet-drug litigation for Wyeth, among others.

We regularly represent our clients on product safety matters related to consumer products. Our attorneys assist in identifying and addressing potential product safety issues in order to protect consumers, reduce product liability risks, and enhance brand integrity. We also help clients conduct product recalls and provide representation on product liability audits and due diligence on significant transactions.

Our team includes many former high-ranking US government officials, some of whom have helped to draft key regulations in consumer protection law, including the former Deputy Director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition and the former General Counsel of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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CPSC Notification Requirements, Recalls and Recent Enforcement Actions: Desk Reference for Section 15 of the Consumer Product Safety Act
Desk Reference
Court Limits California Prosecutors' Reach in UCL Cases
Advisory
England & Wales High Court Judgment in metal-on-metal hip group litigation
BioSlice Blog
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
EPA Issues for Review the Draft Updated TSCA Inventory
Advisory
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