Given the depth and breadth of the topics, this conference attracts attorneys, regulatory affairs, scientists, marketing, and other professionals working in the personal care products industry that are looking to understand the legal and regulatory challenges facing businesses today. The conference also offers ample opportunities to network with your peers, attend social events and gain valuable contacts with other professionals.
Maureen Gorsen will be speaking on the panel “Cannabis and Cosmetics.” With the growing legalization of marijuana in the states, some cosmetic companies have begun to use and promote the beautifying effects of cannabidiol and hemp oil in cosmetic products. But continued uncertainty about the legal status of cannabis has many scratching their heads as they decide whether to formulate, and how to advertise, with this ingredient. Our speakers will examine the potential pitfalls with using this controversial ingredient.
Spence Pryor will be speaking on the panel “Litigation and Compliance.” The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed down a decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb that dramatically limited the extent to which courts can exercise personal jurisdiction over corporate defendants. This has had a profound impact on forum shopping by plaintiff attorneys as lower courts begin to apply the BMS decision. This panel will examine the impact of that decision and discuss what this means for companies
facing lawsuits outside of their home state. Likewise, in the era of increasing corporate prosecutions and the United States Department of Justice’s mandate to prosecute culpable individuals responsible for the corporate wrongdoing, if the government comes knocking, companies better have an effective compliance program in place. The compliance portion of this panel will explore the importance of corporate compliance programs and focus on the elements of an effective compliance program which were recently reinforced by the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division at the DOJ.