Retail and Consumer Products COVID-19 Services

Retailers and consumer products companies around the globe are facing unprecedented legal and business challenges in today’s uncertain environment. Traditional legal work has been upended as issues such as retail lease abatement and State AG enforcement of price gouging and false advertising have taken center stage. Companies are also tackling issues related to global mobility and employment and supply chain.

With over 60 lawyers, we offer clients regulatory, transactional, counseling, and litigation assistance in the areas that matter most to their businesses. We represent a broad spectrum of clients in the retail and consumer products industries, doing business throughout the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Our clients and their products are household names in virtually every category, from clothing and footwear to electronics, toys, and housewares.

Current Retail and Consumer Products COVID-19 representative matters including:

  • Counseling a multinational manufacturer on labeling requirements and restrictions against specific disease claims, including prevention of COVID-19 and particularly the implications from lawsuits filed against similar manufacturers for false advertising claims.
  • Working to obtain PREP Act immunities and drafting contracts with indemnification provisions for a toy manufacturer who is manufacturing face shields.
  • Advising a consumer product company on the advertising of its products as capable of “sanitizing” versus “sterilizing” to help them avoid any FTC or FDA issues in affirmatively positioning products to address the virus.
  • Advising a major consumer products manufacturer and a big box retailer on supply chain disruption issues related to coronavirus, including devising a workaround for inspection and random sampling testing ordinarily conducted on site and contract dispute resolution on execution of a recall where the supply was delayed pending factory shutdowns.
  • Advising a multinational manufacturer of anti-bacterial soap and hand sanitizer on labeling requirements and restrictions against specific disease claims, including prevention of COVID-19.
  • Advising an automotive parts supplier on whether to continue accepting orders in a force majeure situation. 
  • Advising producers and sellers of antimicrobial pesticide products about how to expedite EPA approval of new coronavirus efficacy claims under the Agency’s policy for emerging viral pathogens.
  • Advising a tech manufacturer on employment issues, including whether it’s appropriate to test employees.
  • Advising a major consumer-facing company regarding the applicability of pricing controls in the State of California triggered by the governor’s coronavirus-related declaration of a state of emergency.
  • Advising a Fortune 100 technology company on obtaining emergency FDA approval for respirator products.
  • Advising nationwide retail chain on its lease agreements and obligation to continue paying rent during the COVID-19 crisis.