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:
- Medical devices
- 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.