Regulatory Changes May Boost Cosmetics Liability Claims

Law360, New York (September 26, 2017, 11:27 AM EDT) -- Cosmetics and beauty products are a massive, rapidly growing international industry. While cosmetic products are included within the ambit of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. § 301 et seq.), product liability counsel may not be aware that shampoos, face creams, lipsticks, makeup preparations and countless other products are subject to far less governmental oversight and control than food and drugs.

Because cosmetics and beauty products have traditionally been perceived as less dangerous to consumers, federal regulations have long treated these products with less scrutiny than other regulated products. Indeed, the original food and drug legislation enacted...

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