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January 07, 2021 - Coronavirus (COVID-19), Autonomous Vehicles & Robotics, Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act), Product Liability, MDL, Consumer Products, Class Action, Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), CPSC

How 2020 Changed Product Liability — And What's Next

Using Waivers to Curb COVID-19 Legal Exposure

Erin Bosman, Julie Park, and Alexandra Preece authored an article for Law360 discussing how product liability regulation and litigation changed in 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as upcoming trends.

“In a year dominated by the pandemic and political gridlock in Washington, D.C., it comes as no surprise that we saw no major product safety laws or regulations in 2020,” the authors wrote.

“In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission did not issue a single civil penalty last year, although it did recently refer a case to the U.S. Department of Justice. We expect an uptick in regulatory activity this year, as consumer product safety advocates urge the incoming Biden administration to take a more aggressive approach to product safety.”