January 2024Newsletter

Legal Bites: Insights from Our Attorneys

A Sea Change for Cephalopods: U.S. Proposes New Welfare Standards for Preclinical Drug Development.

Earlier this year, in a groundbreaking move, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research released a request for information concerning its "Proposed Guidance to Assured Institutions on Cephalopod Care and Use." While... Read more

Ever heard of a "climatarian"? Apparently, over half of consumers claim to be one.

I love my job because even after 30+ years of practice, I learn something new just about every day. Recently, I learned what a “climatarian” is. It is someone who adapts the way they eat to be more sustainable. And according to Tetra Pak's Index... Read more

PFAS is everywhere. We've all been exposed to it. But what are the risks?

I've been a product liability and toxic tort litigator for over 30 years. Throughout my career, I've often been asked what I think the next "big thing" in that space will be. The question has usually been posed this way: “Paul, what is the next... Read more

$19.065M, $15.8M, $11.5M, and $16M -- what do these big time CPSC penalties all have in common? A failure to timely report.

In early January of this year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC") levied a $19.065M civil penalty against a fitness company related to potentially lethal defects in its treadmill. In May, CPSC issued a $15.8M penalty against a... Read more

Should your granola bar include a warning label because it is an "ultra-processed" food?

What does your diet consist of? According to an analysis of federal data collected between 2001 and 2018, about 58% of the calories that U.S. adults and children ages 1 and older consume in a day come from foods deemed to be “ultra-processed.”... Read more

California food safety law highlights disunity between state and federal programs.

California is different than the rest of the country. It just is. The state's diverse geography, mild climate, and plentiful natural resources have attracted people to the Golden State for centuries. But its legal system is a developing challenge... Read more

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