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Eric A. Rubel, Partner, Arnold & Porter

Eric Rubel is co-chair of the firm’s product liability litigation practice group. He served as General Counsel to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from 1994 to 1997.

Mr. Rubel focuses his practice on product safety matters and related litigation. He has extensive experience as a product safety lawyer helping companies assess their compliance with CPSC regulations, in developing effective recalls in the US and as part of coordinated global corrective action plans, and in defending CPSC enforcement actions. He also represents a number of companies, both large and small, in helping them to understand, comply with, and adapt their operations to address the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)—groundbreaking legislation that was signed into law in August 2008.

In addition, Mr. Rubel manages and coordinates the various litigation and regulatory matters that may arise out of product safety issues—including class action consumer litigation, business disputes, and ongoing compliance with agency regulations. In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Rubel successfully led the defense of a major retailer in defeating class certification in two cases in which plaintiffs sought to require the nationwide recall of products. In those same cases, Mr. Rubel helped obtain from CPSC decisions that the products did not present a substantial product hazard, and thus that recalls were not warranted.

Mr. Rubel’s experience as a product safety lawyer includes representing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of clothing, toys and other children’s products, sporting goods, household appliances, furniture, heating and cooling equipment, computer equipment, premiums, building materials, fire safety equipment, packaging, motor vehicle equipment, pharmaceutical drugs, cosmetics, and other products.

Further, Mr. Rubel has experience assisting companies in conducting due diligence concerning product safety issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Rubel writes and speaks frequently on the CPSIA and other product safety issues.

He previously served as law clerk to the Hon. Jane A. Restani, US Court of International Trade.


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