Manufacturers face an increasingly complex regulatory landscape thanks to state, federal, and international laws governing chemical control, product safety, and supply chain. Our team is singularly qualified to assist clients in defense and advocacy where rules conflict with business realities and provide clients with critical services to assure them that they are in compliance where they sell their products. We also alert clients to emerging chemical regulation trends sufficiently far in advance to do intelligent product planning and design appropriate engagement strategies.
While the governments of key markets across the globe have adopted regulatory frameworks to manage the risks that chemicals and products may pose, undoubtedly the most aggressive program in the U.S. is found in California. The regulations, applied to a broad range of “consumer products” sold in California, are subject to ongoing development and revision—including exactly which combinations of products and chemicals will be subject to regulation. We have the government relationships, as well as key connections in the regulatory and NGO communities nationwide, and the experience to provide clients with a strong and effective voice in shaping these details. Maureen Gorsen, co-chair of our Chemical & Product Regulation Team, has particularly useful insight given her experience as the former general counsel of CalEPA and former director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
We routinely draw on our national team of highly skilled environmental, health, and safety attorneys, as well as the firm’s deep bench of product liability, class action, and toxic tort litigation attorneys, to provide unparalleled legal counsel to chemical and product manufacturers.