Practice Focus: Consumer Product Safety Regulation

  • Product Assessment, pre-market: mandatory standards review;
  • Product packaging, label, point of sale and website development and review;
  • Product Hazard Analysis: qualitative analysis of available data points;
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission investigations: resolution of agency concerns;
  • Development and Implementation of appropriate recall actions;
  • Management of Civil Penalty Issues;
  • Recommendations as to product testing and certification;
  • Warranty verbiage; and
  • Assistance with the development and implementation of Corporate Compliance systems and procedures.

The Law Offices of Joanne E. Mattiace specialize in assisting corporate clients meet their responsibilities in the area of product requirements, especially product safety requirements.  It offers its clients tailored advice in constructing efficient corporate-wide compliance programs for meeting various reporting requirements administered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The law firm typically advises such consumer product companies in their use of specific product warnings, labels, and point-of-sale material whether a company manufactures (or imports), distributes, or offers for retail sale a particular product. Assistance is  rendered in the area of standards development, risk assessment, risk management and initial product offerings. Assistance with the formulation of product warranties is also available from the law firm.

Emphasis is placed upon the importance of devising a responsive corporate product safety structure and with the general practice of preventive law. Close attention is given to the creation of a responsible global supply chain and of the development of effective supply management practices. Legal guidance has included assistance with juvenile and children’s care products, bunk beds (both metal and wood), baby cribs, baby strollers, baby walkers, infant carriers, children’s gym sets, toys, futons, mattresses, pillows, quilts, comforters, exercise equipment, air compressors, miter saws, routers, sanders, weed-whackers, bush-whackers, lawnmowers, ladders, fans, smoke detectors, televisions, microwaves, air conditioners, supplemental heating equipment, LP gas fueled fireplaces and stoves and office equipment.

The Law Offices of Joanne E. Mattiace has additionally guided numerous companies in the complex area of federal motor vehicle equipment compliance and recall. Consultations include: airbags, truck caps, camper shells, brake lights, cruise controls, brush guards, running boards, bedliners, truck tonneau covers, and instant tire repair products.

Members of the law firm take great pride in offering highly personalized service to its clients and to give excellent service at a reasonable price. The firm always makes the utmost effort to keep all expenses to an absolute minimum for its valued clients. For this reason, fee arrangements other than the traditional hourly approach are available.