Topic Archives: Government Actions

Environmental Action Under Governor Newsom’s CalEPA – What’s in Store for the State?

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) directs some of the most important environmental agencies in the state. Those sub-agencies oversee a broad swath of industries and regulate areas including toxic air pollution, greenhouse gases, brownfield redevelopment, water quality, and food and consumer product labeling laws.  It’s no small effort: The proposed 2019-2020 budget for CalEPA ...›

November 1, 2018Class Action, Government Actions

Annual California Legislative Recap

Another year has passed in the California Legislature, with new laws and amendments affecting California employers.  Among the more significant changes, bills prompted by the #MeToo movement, including the new requirement that corporate boards of directors include women, have been passed.  Other changes include amendments to the Fair Pay Act regarding potential employees’ salary history ...›

CPSC Will Sharpen Its Focus on IoT in Upcoming Public Hearing About Internet-Connected Devices

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that on May 16, 2018, it will hold a public hearing on “potential safety issues and hazards associated with internet-connected consumer products.”[1]  The Commission will hear testimony from interested stakeholders on potential safety hazards created by network-connected devices, the types of hazards arising from their use or ...›

Connected Devices Bring New Product Liability Challenges

“My Google Home Mini was inadvertently spying on me 24/7 due to a hardware flaw,” wrote a tech blogger who purchased Google Inc.’s latest internet of things (IoT) device. Following the incident, a pact of consumer advocacy groups insisted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall the Google smart speaker due to privacy concerns arising ...›

Wheels Are Turning on Federal Self-Driving Policy

One year ago, the federal government test drove its first set of self-driving policies with a four-part announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation. In twelve months, much has changed, but the wheels are still turning. The U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month passed the bipartisan Safely Ensuring Lives Future Development and Research in ...›

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May 18, 2016Government Actions, TCPA

FCC issues NPRM on TCPA Exemption for U.S. Government Debt

In response to a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Pub. L. No. 114-74), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the “Commission”) has promulgated a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the new exemption in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for calls made “to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States.” ...›

Diet Pill Company Sale Slash to Pay $43 Million in Settlement with FTC Over Spam Email and Fake Celebrity Endorsements

On February 2, 2016, the FTC settled claims against Sale Slash LLC regarding the marketing of its weight loss pills, including Premium Green Coffee, Pure Garcinia Cambogia, Premium White Kidney Bean Extract, Pure Forskolin Extract, and Pure Caralluma Fimbriata Extract. FTC v. Sale Slash, Case No. CV15-03107 PA (AJWx). The FTC alleged that Sale Slash ...›

New Settlement Highlights FDA’s Diminishing Power Over Off-Label Promotion

In a surprising turn of events, Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they have settled their dispute regarding the off-label promotion of Exparel, one of Pacira’s anesthetic drugs. This settlement represents the latest marker of the FDA’s diminishing power to regulate off-label promotion. ...›

Consumer Products “Either/Or”: California Issues Guidance on Alternatives Analysis for Safer Products

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative has taken another step forward with the issuance of guidance on the heart of the law, the analysis of safer substitutes for chemicals in consumer products. On September 24, 2015, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its Draft Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis Guide (Guide) under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program. ...›

Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain: DOJ Memorandum Adds Further Weight to CPSC Enforcement Efforts Against Corporate Officers

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a memorandum to various enforcement agencies. The memorandum, available here, focuses on holding individuals accountable for corporate fraud and misconduct.[1] The DOJ has already shown it means business. Just days after the memorandum was published, a former corporate executive was sentenced to an unprecedented 28 years ...›