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Crowell & Moring's Cheryl Falvey Testifies Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Washington, D.C. – October 13, 2015: Crowell & Moring LLP partner and co-chair of the firm's Advertising & Product Risk Management Group, Cheryl A. Falvey, testified on October 8 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The hearing, "Consumer Product Safety and the Recall Process," was heard before the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security, and focused on product safety and the recall process at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Speaking before U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee, Falvey, who served as the general counsel of the CPSC from 2008 until 2012, noted, "Streamlining the program to allow for manufacturers, distributors and retailers to conduct voluntary recalls without a CPSC engineering determination allows for consumers to get a remedy faster—whether a refund, repair, or enhanced instructional information."

Falvey also noted, "The retailer reporting program is used by many of the participants as part of their overall corporate compliance program to identify emerging risks and ensure regulatory compliance. The program unquestionably serves the interest of the health and safety of the consumer by promoting transparent data sharing and analysis as well as early engagement with the CPSC. Program participants work with the CPSC to share safety related complaint information, using established trigger words to triage and escalate those complaints likely to raise safety concerns."

Click to access a PDF of Falvey's written statement on Consumer Product Safety and the Recall Process.

Falvey focuses her practice on litigation and counseling services, with an emphasis on brand and consumer protection matters, including product safety, privacy, anti-counterfeiting, sweepstakes, promotions, and advertising. Falvey defends consumer class actions, unfair competition, product liability and other mass tort claims arising out of consumer, occupational, and environmental exposures, as well as trade secret, intellectual property, and other technology litigation, representing clients in the food and beverage, consumer product, technology, energy, and chemical industry sectors.

Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with approximately 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, Anchorage, London, and Brussels.


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