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Consumer Product Matters A product safety and consumer related regulation and litigation blog

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Consumer Product Matters covers the latest legal developments affecting the retail and consumer products industry. The blog’s editor and contributors — attorneys from Mintz Levin’s Product Risk Management & Response, Consumer Product Safety, and Complex Tort & Product-Related Litigation Practices — are dedicated to providing relevant insights and analyses on product safety laws and regulations, risk management, product liability and litigation.

For more than 25 years, Mintz Levin has provided comprehensive consumer products counsel to manufacturers, distributors, retailers, importers, trade associations, and testing labs.

Editors

Joanne Hawana

Joanne Hawana

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Joanne is Of Counsel in the firm and is based in our Washington, DC office. Her practice focuses on advising US and international clients in the food, drug, medical device and biotechnology industries on the business impacts of new US federal and state actions affecting regulated products. Joanne has in-depth knowledge of US federal drug regulations, including pre-market and post-market requirements as well as restrictions on advertising and sampling. She regularly works with clients to draft and submit public comments to agency rulemaking dockets, and frequently analyzes and summarizes new legislation and regulations with client interests in mind.

Matt Howsare

Matt Howsare

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Matt is a Member in the firm’s Washington DC office. His practice focuses on federal, state, and international product safety matters and related regulatory issues and litigation. He provides representation on compliance with product safety regulations, product safety incident reporting, imported products, recalls, civil penalty proceedings, investigations, and other regulatory and enforcement matters. Matt previously served as the Chief of Staff of the CPSC from 2010 to 2013 and as the Chairman’s Senior Counsel in 2009. While working at CPSC, Matt played a leadership role in the implementation of the rules, regulations, and policies associated with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

Contributors

Candice Andalia

Candice Andalia

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Candice is an Associate in the firm’s New York office. Her practice focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on commercial disputes and product liability class actions. Candice has represented clients in New York State trial and appellate courts, federal trial and appellate courts, and federal agencies in arbitration, investigations, compliance, and enforcement actions, in addition to various white collar and regulatory enforcement matters.

Samantha Duplantis

Samantha Duplantis

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Samantha Duplantis is an Associate based in the firm’s San Francisco office. Her experience includes securities and commercial litigation, consumer products liability, sovereign debt litigation, and pro bono criminal representation. Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Samantha was a litigation associate at a New York–based law firm. She is currently admitted to the New York Bar only, and is practicing under the supervision and guidance of Members of the San Francisco office.

Dan Herling

Dan Herling

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Dan is a Member in the firm and practices in the San Francisco office. His practice is focused on product liability issues relating to pharmaceuticals and medical devices, commercial litigation, and antitrust matters. His trial work also encompasses class actions, intellectual property litigation, patent infringement, and professional liability. He advises international companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device, food, over-the-counter drugs, homeopathic remedies, and dietary supplement industries. He has served as defense counsel in over 3,000 product liability cases and represented companies in both state and federal courts in California and the US.

Claire Newland

Claire Newland

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Claire is an Associate in the firm’s San Francisco office. In addition to mass tort and products liability litigation, Claire’s practice includes trade secret litigation, consumer financial services litigation, employment disputes, and general civil litigation. Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Claire was a Litigation Associate at another large law firm. She earned her law degree from UC Davis and her undergraduate degree from Princeton.

Chuck Samuels

Chuck Samuels

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Chuck is a Member in the firm and the head of Mintz Levin’s Consumer Product Safety Practice. Based in the firm’s DC office, he is engaged in a federal and international regulatory and legislative practice, encompassing work before the US Consumer Product Safety Commission; Departments of State, Health and Human Services, Energy, and Treasury; the US Trade Representative; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Federal Trade Commission; the IRS; and other federal and state agencies. He also has extensive experience dealing with Canada, the European Commission, and international bodies.

Shawn Skolky

Shawn Skolky

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Shawn is an Associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office. His consumer product safety practice focuses on helping companies seeking representation on product safety reporting obligations, recalls, regulatory compliance, product safety investigations, and enforcement matters involving the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) and other federal and state product safety laws. He has extensive experience in multidistrict product liability litigation, including defending major medical device manufacturers against allegations of product defect and breach of warranty claims, and defending an international pharmaceutical company against allegations that its prescription drug was defective.