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Consumer Product Labeling Class Action Phenomenon: Labels, Language & Lessons

April 17, 2013


Kristen Polovoy, Julie Chelius and Montgomery McCracken Alum Monica Hennessy presented a CLE that focused on strategies for preparing and defending product labeling consumer fraud class actions.

Kristen E. Polovoy and Julie H. Chelius, attorneys with Montgomery McCracken, and R. Monica Hennessy, a Montgomery McCracken alumnus, were planners and presenters for The Consumer Fraud Product Labeling Class Action Phenomenon: Labels, Language and Lessons – Now & the Future, a CLE program presented by the Camden County Bar Association that addressed: the reasons for recent years’ up-tick in consumer fraud class action claims based on the language in products’ labels and advertising; the stages of defending these class actions (including preparing in advance, moving to dismiss and opposing certification); and the defenses that companies can employ to defend against such claims.   In addition, the impact of revised Federal Trade Commission’s “Green Guides” was also presented.

Polovoy has represented defendants in consumer fraud class actions and chairs the Class Action Practice Committee of the Camden County Bar Association.   She has published articles and is a frequent speaker on class action subjects, including national webinars regarding product labeling consumer fraud class actions.  She has been a legal resource for national publications about food labeling consumer fraud class action trends.

Chelius focuses her practice focuses on the defense of product liability claims, including claims involving products subject to regulation by the FDA and other governmental agencies.  She advises and defends clients in cases involving medical devices and pharmaceuticals, settlement trusts, fire and safety products, wine distribution, and construction materials in class action, multidistrict and other complex litigation.