Less than one year after hemp production was legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its proposed industrial hemp regulations. These eagerly anticipated regulations establish a proposed federal domestic hemp production program, as authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill.
Cozen O’Connor helps global product manufacturers, distributors and retailers achieve regulatory compliance, reduce exposure to civil litigation and government enforcement actions, and manage product withdrawals and recalls. We serve many highly regulated companies, including those in the consumer products, food & beverage, dietary supplement, drug & medical device, cosmetics, cannabis, pet, and home safety industries.
Successful companies manufacture innovative products and create bold marketing campaigns. We get that. And that is why Cozen O’Connor regulatory attorneys do not put up roadblocks to growth or product development; we put up guardrails to keep clients moving ahead at full speed.
Our attorneys have deep knowledge of all applicable federal regulations, including those enforced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and Federal Trade Commission (FTC); model regulations of voluntary membership organizations, such as the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO); state regulations that apply to specific industries (such as cannabis) or specific geographies (such as California’s Prop 65); commonly adopted industry standards, such as ASTM and ASME; and best practices issued by major trade associations.
Equally important, we know our way around the gray areas. Regulatory language is often ambiguous or incomplete, so decisions must be guided by broader knowledge of litigation trends, case law, and industry norms. Our regulatory team closely tracks all legal developments to stay abreast of shifting expectations and identify emerging “hot spots” may become the next big target for litigation.
Even with robust compliance programs, companies may face product withdrawals/recalls and legal challenges by individuals, classes, and government agencies. Cozen O’Connor partners with product manufacturers and sellers in times of crisis. We advise on the unique legal, reputational, and logistical issues stemming from product recalls and aggressively defend product liability claims when necessary.
Cozen O’Connor has decades of experience advising companies on products regulations pertaining to:
Advertising & Claims Made
Labeling & Packaging
Trademark & Copyright
Design & Manufacturing
Product Withdrawals & Recalls
Rebates, Gift Cards & Promotions
Consumer Class Actions & Mass Torts