In 2019, the Consumer Products industry in the U.S. was estimated to be $635 billion. One of the most important parts of the U.S. economy, the consumer products category comprises a vast assortment of goods including clothing, toys, appliances, personal and hair care products, sporting goods, vehicles and vehicle components, electronics, and processed foods and beverages.
In such a large and innovative area, multiple legal issues arise. These include violations of proprietary IP such as infringements on utility or design patents, large class-action litigations involving multiple consumers injured by a product with an alleged manufacturing defect, or liabilities around failure to warn of product dangers.
A good deal of the legal work in this category involves regulatory proceedings. We routinely place regulatory experts before agencies such as the Consumer Products Safety Commission. And certainly, an expert will be necessary to support your client in the case of a Department of Justice civil penalty for failure to report a defective product. We are also often asked to find the right expert to rebut the Federal Trade Commission’s allegations of false or misleading advertising in regard to product claims.
Whether you’re a law firm handling complex class action litigation, or a company engaged in designing, testing, or bringing a product to market, having the right expert help you understand and navigate the highly specialized needs of the consumer products marketplace is critical.
Though not an exhaustive list, these are specialty areas where we have placed consumer products experts: