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Wednesday, February 22 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Breakout Session # 14 - How Much Are Non-Manufacturers Responsible for Trying to Reduce the Risk of Products They Sell?

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While manufacturers are expected to participate in developing voluntary standards, what is expected of distributors and retailers?  Are non-manufacturers expected to develop their own safety requirements where voluntary standards are not adequate? What risks are non-manufacturers assuming when they get involved in setting safety standards or in specifying safety components when industry-wide standards don't exist? What are the  tensions between manufacturers and downstream firms that sell their products? All firms are responsible for reporting defects, but what are the respective responsibilities and liabilities of setting and meeting safety standards? The panel represents several perspectives on these issues and our roundtable welcomes comments and questions from the audience.

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Roy Deppa

Partner, Marchica & Deppa
Roy Deppa is a partner in Marchica & Deppa, a product safety consulting firm established in 2005, providing services to manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers as well as to law firms and trade associations.  M&D has worked with a number of companies setting up safety... Read More →


Greg Knott

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Outdoor Power Equiment Institute, Inc. (OPEI)
Greg Knott is the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc. (OPEI).  OPEI is an international trade association representing 100 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers.  As an ANSI accredited... Read More →
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Kathleen McGuigan

Senior Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
Kathleen McGuigan handles regulatory and compliance matters and oversees RILA's Compliance Council and Product Safety Committee.  McGuigan joined RILA after 11 years as senior counsel for JCPenney, where she was responsible for providing legal advice on international, trade, product... Read More →
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Len Morrissey

Director, Technical Committee Operations Division, ASTM International
Len Morrissey is a director in the Technical Committee Operations Division of ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world.  In his role, he leads a team that coordinates the standardization activities of over 50 ASTM Technical... Read More →
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Cheryl Possenti

Partner, Goldberg Segalla
Cheryl Possenti is a founding partner of the firm and has more than 30 years’ experience in the defense of complex personal injury actions. With a practice that focuses on product liability matters and related litigation — and whose extensive experience includes defending high-profile... Read More →
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Eric Rubel

Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Eric Rubel focuses on product safety matters and related litigation. He was General Counsel to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from 1994 to 1997.  Mr. Rubel has extensive experience helping companies assess their compliance with CPSC regulations, in developing effective... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm PST
Grand Cypress D- I