Chemical Regulation & Contaminated Properties

Latham's practice encompasses the full range of challenges facing manufacturers, processors and users of chemicals found in consumer and commercial products worldwide.

Latham’s Chemical Regulation & Contaminated Properties Practice specializes in the complex field of chemicals used in commercial and consumer products. The firm’s lawyers work at the intersection of science, law and policy in the United States to provide exceptional counsel and to achieve the client’s objectives.

Latham lawyers have successfully handled rulemakings and pursued petitions under virtually every major federal environmental statute. The firm has an excellent record challenging agency final rules in court, intervening to defend agency final rules against legal challenges brought by stakeholders, responding to citizen’s suits, and handling other chemicals-related litigation.

The firm excels at obtaining and supporting new product approvals, certifications, permits and registrations under:

  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
  • Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act
  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Other environmental statutes

The firm’s experience spans major industries, including commodity, specialty and nano chemicals, engines, vehicles and fuels. In addition, Latham also provides representation in cases involving:

  • Pesticides
  • Food
  • Drugs
  • Medical devices
  • Batteries
  • Semiconductors
  • Commercial and consumer products, including personal care and children’s products

The firm’s lawyers routinely work with state and local regulatory programs in and outside California and have handled hundreds of bounty-hunter cases, compliance matters under California Proposition 65, and have considerable experience with California’s “Green Chemistry” program. 

Latham’s team also has experience dealing with chemical regulation outside the United States, including the European Union’s REACH, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) laws, international treaties such as the Stockholm Convention, Canada’s “virtual elimination” program, and new chemicals legislation in the People’s Republic of China.

Latham’s lawyers have experience working with experts across many scientific disciplines and have helped companies address challenges presented by new science, such as:

  • Endocrine disruption
  • The increased availability of biomonitoring data
  • Emerging trends in hazard, exposure and risk assessment practices 

Latham regularly counsels clients on these and other chemical regulatory trends in the US and around the world, and helps clients plan for the challenges that lie ahead.  

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