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2013 Products Law Update Web Conference Series

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.’s annual Products Law Update webinar series examines constantly-evovling regulatory and product stewardship initiatives and litigation strategies.  The series helps participants anticipate, understand, and manage the breadth of environmentally-related compliance issues facing companies that manufacture or sell products. 

Beveridge & Diamond assists clients with the full spectrum of U.S. state and federal, and international product-related issues.  For more information, please contact practice group chair Mark Duvall,, (202) 789-6090.

The 2013 Products Law Update webinar series includes:

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March 19, 2013 – Avoiding and Defending Litigation Over Allegedly Misleading Product Claims

The FTC’s Green Guides were supposed to resolve the outstanding issues of environmental marketing claims, but companies increasingly find themselves defending lawsuits under state law based on allegedly deceptive product claims, involving both green claims and product content.  This webinar surveys the growing number of cases and offers insights on how to avoid or win litigation.  Download presentation.

May 8, 2013 – Reverse Logistics Regulation and Enforcement for Consumer Products

Many consumer products are regulated by DOT as hazardous materials and may be regulated by EPA and states as hazardous wastes when discarded.  DOT rules for consumer products and lithium batteries have recently been revised.  The RCRA hazardous waste regulations were not drafted with consumer products in mind, and product manufacturers, retailers and logistics providers face unique challenges in transporting, storing and managing end-of-life products, including recalled items, off-spec or out-of-date products, warranty returns, and damaged products.  Both DOT and EPA are increasingly focused on “reverse logistics” and the regulatory requirements these processes must meet.  California’s recent enforcement initiative against retailers highlights the stakes involved in managing reverse logistics systems.  This webinar addresses the challenges for transporting and managing hazardous products, including household products, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and lithium batteries.  Download presentation.

June 19, 2013, 12:00pm (EDT) – Keeping Disagreements Civil – How to Avoid Criminal Charges in Product Regulatory Enforcement Cases

Given the plethora of federal and state requirements regulating products, companies sometimes find themselves embroiled in civil enforcement proceedings.  Lurking in the background is the potential for criminal charges.  This webinar offers proactive and reactive steps companies can take to keep enforcement proceedings safely in the civil arena.  Download presentation.

June 26, 2013, 12:00pm (EDT) – TSCA Reform Revived – How the Chemical Safety Improvement Act Could Affect Your Company

After a prolonged legislative stalemate on efforts to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act, on May 22 bipartisan legislation was introduced, radically changing expectations about the prospects for TSCA reform.  This webinar reviews the bipartisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act and explores how it would affect manufacturers, processors, retailers, and others if enacted.  Download presentation.

September 10, 2013, 12:00pm (EDT) – Global Trends in Regulating Supply Chains

Increasingly, product manufacturers, importers, and retailers are facing new legal obligations for greater transparency in their global supply chains. Compliance with the Lacey Act, EU Timber Regulation, and SEC conflict mineral disclosure requirements all require companies to understand the sources of raw materials in their products. Weak links in the supply chain also contribute to the presence of unwanted chemicals in products, creating issues under national market access legislation and federal consumer product safety issues, California’s Proposition 65, and other state product material restrictions. Companies are under increasing scrutiny related to labor, occupational health, and safety of overseas suppliers, including disclosures required under the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. This webinar will review current trends and provide ideas for how to manage the common compliance challenges they present to product manufacturers. Download Presenation.

October 16, 2013, 12:00pm (EDT) – Chemical Diversion Controls – Regulation of Common Chemicals as Potential Precursors to Illegal Drugs or Chemical Weapons

Many common industrial chemicals have the potential to be diverted to illicit purposes, such as the production of illegal recreational drugs or chemical weapons.  Potential drug precursors (including such basic chemicals as acetone, toluene, and sulfuric acid) are regulated extensively by DEA and its counterparts in the states, as well as by foreign governments, pursuant to international treaties.  Potential chemical weapons precursors, including to a limited degree all “discrete organic chemicals,” are regulated by the Bureau of Industry and Security within the Commerce Department and by its international counterparts pursuant to the Chemical Weapons Convention.  This webinar will provide an overview of these precursor requirements and suggest practical ways to manage them.   Download Presentation.

November 19, 12:00pm (EST) – Environmentally Preferred Purchasing in the Americas

Federal and state purchasing preferences can drive product specifications for all of a company’s products.  This webinar will explore USDA’s BioPreferred Program, DOE’s ENERGY STAR Program, EPEAT, and other sustainability-oriented purchasing programs and how they are affecting the marketplace. Download Presentation.




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