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Product Stewardship

Product stewardship is Davis Wright Tremaine’s holistic approach to product risk management. We counsel clients through the full life cycle of farmed and manufactured products, from raw material sourcing and analysis to reuse and recycling issues. We guide clients through regulatory matters, from product specifications and compliance to product recalls. This includes preventative auditing of processes, materials, and assembly. We help clients with product packaging, labeling, warnings, independent testing, and certification, and can also assist with warranty, indemnity and insurance issues, and related complications. If the need arises, we are adept at toxic tort and product liability litigation.

We understand your industry, especially the regulations that burden your process and the perils that you might face in getting your product to market, whether your products are hazelnuts, kid’s furniture, fishing rods, or high-end cookware.

Our attorneys have many years of experience protecting our clients against claims of personal injury, wrongful death, commercial loss, property damage, negligence, and breach of warranty. We have guided clients through the recall process, both voluntary and involuntary, and have served nationally prominent food and product manufacturers as primary counsel, local counsel, national coordinating counsel, and regulatory affairs counsel.

We are cost-effective lawyers who respect budgets and know how to staff your work effectively. We will work collaboratively with your in-house counsel and executives, with co-counsel and consultants, in pursuit of the best overall result for your company.

We counsel clients through the full range of product stewardship issues, including:

  • Compliance audits
  • Consumer electronics recycling
  • Export control compliance
  • Government inquiries and investigations
  • Green Guides
  • Licensing
  • New product certifications
  • Packaging and labeling
  • Product liability and toxic tort defense
  • Product recall advice and litigation
  • Proposition 65 (products distributed into California)
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Safety & testing
  • Unfair Trade Practices Act defense
  • Warranties

Our attorneys assist clients in a wide variety of industries, including:

  • Beauty
  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Consumer electronics
  • Consumer products
  • Cookware
  • Food & beverage
  • Footwear and apparel
  • Heavy equipment
  • Medical device
  • Military
  • OTC monograph products
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Toys