CPSC Acting Chair Buerkle’s Priorities Include IoT and Furniture Safety

At a recent product safety conference, Ann Marie Buerkle, Acting Chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced CPSC’s priorities for 2019. These include technology—both for consumers and within the agency—as well as window coverings and furniture tipover. Buerkle surprised the audience with a stern warning that any clothing storage not complying with ...›

March 11, 2019Consumer Products, Privacy

California Seeks to Strengthen Tough Privacy Laws

If you thought California’s privacy laws couldn’t get any tougher, think again. The California Legislature has proposed amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act and additional privacy bills that could expand businesses’ privacy and data security obligations and heighten liability for noncompliance.  These proposals confirm that the dust is far from settled in California with respect ...›

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 ...›

February 6, 2019Consumer Products, False Advertising

California Legislature Cuts Consumer Product Companies Some Slack with New Packaging Law

On January 1 of this year, California’s food and consumer product companies got some welcome relief from the onerous provisions of California’s ‘slack-fill’ law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 12606.  This law, which has been the basis of an increasing number of consumer class action and civil enforcement actions, has posed numerous compliance challenges ...›

January 22, 2019Consumer Products, Privacy

Second CCPA Public Forum Gathers Additional Public Opinion

On January 14, 2019, the California Attorney General hosted the second of six public forums regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in San Diego.  Five individuals, including both business representatives and consumer advocates, made comments at the forum. Some of the public comments echoed those made at the San Francisco forum, while others brought new ...›

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Leave Arbitration to the Arbitrator: No “Wholly Groundless” Exception Where Contract Delegates Arbitrability Determination to the Arbitrator

The United States Supreme Court continued the pro-arbitration trend in its jurisprudence, as well as its strict construction of the Federal Arbitration Act, in its unanimous decision in Henry Schein, Inc. v. Archer & White Sales, Inc., No. 17-1272, 2019 WL 122164 (U.S. Jan. 8, 2019).  Resolving a division in the Circuits on the issue, ...›