Hotel Soap Saga on the Horizon

California Enacts Ban on Use of Smaller Sized Plastic Packaging of Personal Care Products in Hotels In October 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 1162, prohibiting any “lodging establishment” from providing personal care products such as shampoo or soap in plastic bottles of 6 ounces or less. AB 1162 broadly defines “lodging [...]

FDA RAISES WARNING FLAGS FOR MARKETING OF CBD PRODUCTS

Happy New Year! 2019 was quite the year in many regards. One such area was the significant growth of the CBD marketplace. In response, in the last quarter of the year, the Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) got busy issuing warning letters and posting consumer notices regarding the safety and use of cannabidiol ("CBD"). For [...]

Unapproved Drug Claims – The Continuing Saga for Cosmetic Brands

Unapproved "drug" claims - a continuing saga. In prior posts we have discussed the importance of cosmetic brands to avoid "drug" claims, and have discussed court rulings on the topic. Unfortunately, such marketing claims continue to be boasted by big and small brands alike, so it is no surprise we have seen an increase in [...]

GRMA is Now an Independent Nonprofit Organization

GRMA is Now an Independent Nonprofit Organization

As I previously announced, I Chair the GRMA Joint Committee on the Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetics. I am excited to share after 4-years of hard work by so many of its members, the Global Retailer and Manufacturers Alliance ("GRMA") is now an official, independent nonprofit organization! Many major retailers, manufacturers, trade associations and certification bodies [...]

Face-to-Face at Expo West 2018

Face-to-face at Natural Products Expo West, Anaheim, CA, Thursday, March 8-11, 2018. Angela and her colleague Stephen Paffrath will be attending the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim this week. If you would like to arrange a face-to-face meeting please contact Angela's assistant Jennifer Chastain at jennifer@dieschforrestlaw.com. Don't delay as their calendar for meetings is filling [...]

Unintentional Drug Claims on Cosmetics Not Actionable

Unintentional Drug Claims on Cosmetics Not Actionable

Last month, a long running case against Beiersdorf, Inc., makers of Nivea, was dismissed.  I would normally prepare a summary myself, but in this case, the first 3 paragraphs of the court's opinion provides a great summary: Five years ago, Ashley Franz purchased a $10 bottle of Nivea's Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion from a [...]