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Category Archives: Product Liability

Microbead Mortality re: Cosmetics and Personal Care Products


Federal government bans microbeads. Microbeads are tiny beads of plastic added to cosmetics and personal care products to serve an abrasive or exfoliating function. For years, environmental groups have expressed concerns that microbeads pollute waterways and pose harm to aquatic life because their small size allows them to pass through wastewater treatment systems in significant quantities.  In …

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UPDATE: Ice Cream Recall Begets First Lawsuit

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In April 2015, Blue Bell Creameries announced a full, nationwide recall of all its products.  It didn’t take long for a lawsuit to be filed. On Tuesday, the first lawsuit seeking to hold Blue Bell liable for illness caused by listeria-contaminated ice cream was filed in the United States District Court, Western District of Texas. Plaintiff David Philip Shockley …

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FDA Denies Citizen Petition’s Request to Ban Marketing of Non-Absorbable Surgical Mesh Products for Transvaginal Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

  On July 14, 2014, FDA publicly posted its response denying Public Citizen’s August 2011 citizen petition concerning the marketing of non-absorbable surgical mesh products for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP).  In its response, FDA took the position that a ban or recall of POP devices is not warranted at this time. As background, in August 2011, …

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California Announces Initial Draft Priority Products Under California Safer Consumer Products Regulations

On March 13, 2014, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) announced the first set of draft priority products that, if finalized, will be subject to the requirements of the California Safer Consumer Products (“SCP”) Regulations. Notably, while DTSC had legal authority to identify up to five products, it chose to identify only three draft priority …

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What Does The Word “Natural” Mean, Anyway?

t’s 2 o’clock in the afternoon, you need a snack – maybe a granola bar, but which one? Does the package that boasts it is “100% Natural” win out over the one that is only “All Natural”?  Would you even consider one that is merely “Natural”? Well, don’t expect the U.S. Food and Drug Administration …

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