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Charles A. Samuels

Member / Co-chair, Retail and Consumer Products

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Chuck is an antitrust and regulatory lawyer who devotes a significant portion of his practice to assisting clients with consumer product safety and environmental regulations. He serves as general counsel to numerous trade associations. For the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, Chuck negotiated and drafted amendments to federal laws, including the Consumer Product Safety Act. Corporations in many industries, local governments, and state agencies are also on his client roster. He represents clients before a wide array of federal agencies, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission, state agencies, and international regulatory organizations.

Chuck is engaged in a federal and international regulatory and legislative practice. He has been extensively involved in product safety, environmental, tax, health care, technology, and energy issues, and public finance legislative and regulatory matters for a variety of trade associations, corporations, local governments, and state agencies.

His practice encompasses work before the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Departments of State, Health and Human Services, Energy, and Treasury, US Trade Representative, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission, the IRS, and other federal and state agencies. He also has extensive experience dealing with Canada, the European Commission, and international bodies.

Chuck also engages in trade association representation and antitrust counseling. As general counsel of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, Chuck negotiated and drafted the amendments to the Consumer Product Safety Act and the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act, and represents the appliance industry at international bodies dealing with safety, energy, ozone depletion, and global warming.

Before joining Mintz, Chuck practiced regulatory law with a law firm in Chicago and then worked in the Executive Office of the President before entering private practice in Washington.

Education

  • University of Virginia (LLB)
  • University of Virginia (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards: Top Author in Product Liability (2020)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Involvement

  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Recent Insights

News & Press

Events

Viewpoints

On April 7, Renee Dudley of Bloomberg News authored an article entitled “The Cheap Toys You Buy Your Kid Are Rarely Inspected.”
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Nationwide Should be Applauded for Pro-Safety Super Bowl Ad

February 5, 2015 | Blog | By Charles Samuels

Last Sunday, during the Super Bowl, Nationwide Insurance ran a controversial commercial entitled “Make Safe Happen.”  The advertisement features a young child experiencing memorable moments growing up.  However, viewers are informed that the child would not actually experience these moments because he “died from an accident.” 
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We do not typically take positions on product specific issues pending before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), but the CPSC’s new safety standard for magnet sets demonstrates both why the agency exists and how it can use its regulatory authority to protect consumers.
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Today the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved three pending nominations for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
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On May 9, 2014, the CPSC and the maker of Buckyballs and Buckycubes settled the July 2012 administrative case brought by the CPSC alleging that these “rare earth magnets” pose a substantial product hazard. 
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Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit rather forcefully reversed one of the key rulings of Maryland District Court Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. in the recent litigation involving the CPSC’s Saferproducts.gov public database.
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Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a voluntary recall notice for the popular wireless, activity-tracking wristband Fitbit Force.
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We recently published an article with Law360 providing an analysis on CPSC's proposed amendments to its 6(b) Regulation (16 CFR 1101) that we want to share with our readers.
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CPSC Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle announced today that Joe Martyak, her Chief Counsel, has accepted a position as Vice President for Communications with the Hawaii Community Foundation and will be departing the agency this month.
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CPSC Releases Amendment to 6(b) Information Disclosure Regulations

January 17, 2014 | Blog | By Charles Samuels

The CPSC has released the staff briefing package for a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) to amend its existing regulation interpreting the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA).
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News & Press

Mintz Member Chuck Samuels discusses a bill that issuers of municipal bonds say would both lower their borrowing costs and give them more investing flexibility is back on the table after failing to become law in the previous Congress.

Mintz Member Chuck Samuels provides commentary in this feature article discussing the IRS’ new final regulations streamlining the public approval process for tax-exempt private activity bonds.

Mintz Member Chuck Samuels, counsel to the National Association of Health & Educational Facilities Finance Authorities, is quoted in this article discussing how the 2018 midterm elections could impact the future of private activity bonds (PABs).
This contributed column, authored by Charles Samuels, Shawn Skolky and Evelyn French, discusses a recent $3.85 million U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission penalty for an alleged failure to timely report defective trash cans. This settlement suggests that large penalty actions are far from moribund even with the CPSC under Republican leadership.
Washington, D.C. Member Chuck Samuels is one of the industry sources quoted in this feature article discussing the impact potential legislation that would partially roll back regulations on money market mutual funds could have on the issuers of municipal bonds.
Matt Howsare, Chuck Samuels and Shawn Skolky authored this “Expert Analysis” column. The authors note that the consumer product safety community is rarely provided guidance by federal court decisions. They do however discuss a recent U.S. District Court opinion in Zen Magnets LLC v. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the implications for the industry.
This feature story discusses two challenges before the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) demanding recalls of Britax Child Safety strollers and Zen Magnets magnets.
Washington, D.C. Member Chuck Samuels is among the industry sources quoted in this feature article noting that the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s (MSRB) latest “frequently asked questions” about its core municipal advisor rule is ambiguous and raises questions than answered.
This article discusses the reactions by municipal groups about the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) rules for Private Activity Bonds (PABs). Mintz Member Chuck Samuels is among the industry sources providing commentary.
Chuck Samuels, a Member in the Mintz DC office and a government law and federal and international regulatory attorney, was quoted in an article in The Bond Buyer on the impact the retirement of Senator Hatch may have on the municipal bond market.
Chuck Samuels is quoted in an article in the Bond Buyer on the subject of the tax bill enactment and the transformation it will bring to the municipal bond market.
Chuck Samuels is quoted in an article from the Bond Buyer on the subject of the final tax bill in 2017 and its full preservation of private activity bonds and tax-exempt bonds for professional sports stadiums and arenas.
Chuck Samuels, a Member in the Mintz DC office, is quoted in an article from The Hill on the potential elimination of private activity bonds in the proposed tax bill.
Chuck Samuels, a Washington D.C. Member, is quoted in an article from The Bond Buyer on the topic of the reaction of municipal market participants following the House vote to pass a tax bill that would eliminate private activity bonds and advance refundings beginning in 2018.

Off the Pedestal

November 6, 2017

Washington, D.C. Member Chuck Samuels was quoted in an Inside HigherEd article on the impact that the proposed Republican tax plan would have on higher education – specifically touching upon potentially cutting off key sources of borrowing and imposing new taxes on wealthy institutions.
Member Chuck Samuels, a government law and federal and international regulatory attorney, is quoted in this The Bond Buyer article discussing the reaction to the House Republicans’ tax bill, which would eliminate private activity bonds and advance refunding bonds after this 2017.
Washington, D.C. Member Chuck Samuels was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA article covering President Trump’s intent to nominate Ann Marie Buerkle, the acting chief of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, to become the CPS’s official chairman.
Chuck Samuels, a Member in the Mintz Washington, D.C. office, was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA article covering the $2 million budget cut facing the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) under President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal.
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This article discusses the Trump administration’s tax plan, which involves cuts in tax rates and the elimination of tax deductions and loopholes for the wealthy. Mintz Member Charles Samuels is among the industry sources quoted.
This article explores the power struggle at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission under the new Trump administration. It notes that rather than leaving the CPSC, the former chairman has stayed on in a demoted role to maintain Democratic control of the commission.
Member Charles Samuels, a regulatory and legislative attorney, provides commentary on President Trump’s actions to install Republicans as new acting chairs of many regulatory agencies and the potential impact of these fast leadership changes.
Mintz Member Chuck Samuels comments in this Bloomberg BNA article discussing the potential outcomes for the Consumer Product Safety Commission under new Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle and her role in future enforcement.
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In this January 2017 article, Mintz Washington, D.C. Member Chuck Samuels provides insight on whether municipal groups can count on President-Elect Trump regarding tax exemptions after the introduction of tax reform proposals intending to repeal or restrict tax deductions and exemptions.
Chuck Samuels, a Member in the Mintz DC office, is quoted in an article from The Kansas City Star on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) efforts in recent years to change its somewhat weaker image to an agency with a penalties system with teeth.
Mintz Members Matthew Howsare and Chuck Samuels authored this Law360 article examining the federal courts’ involvement in interpreting the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) product safety laws.
This article notes the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is working to change outside perspective so people see it as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to civil penalties.
Mintz Member Chuck Samuels was quoted in this Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter article discussing the future of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The article notes the CPSC will likely shift to the Republicans in 2017.
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Mintz Member Chuck Samuels was quoted in this The Bond Buyer article discussing how the draft of a bill would reorient municipal securities disclosure.
Mintz Member Chuck Samuels is quoted in this Law360 article discussing the unusual nature of the Tenth Circuit’s split decision to vacate the CPSC rule on small, high-powered magnets – only the latest turn in the agency’s tale with the novelty toy.
Mintz Member Chuck Samuels is quoted in this The Bond Buyer article discussing President-Elect Donald Trump’s plans for “historic tax reform and increased spending on infrastructure,” which could endanger municipal bond tax exemption.
This article notes the reaction to a report, "Reexamining the Tax Exemption of Municipal Bond Interest," issued by the Tax Foundation. It's noted that advocates for maintaining the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds are objecting to the report.
Mintz Member Chuck Samuels is quoted in this Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter article on how the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s latest civil penalties statement regarding reporting violations demonstrates that the majority in the CPSC will likely not change their approach.
Mintz Member Chuck Samuels is quoted in this Law360 article discussing the head of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) response to attorney requests that the CPSC be transparent about its decision-making process for civil penalties.  
Mintz Member Chuck Samuels is quoted in this Reuters article covering the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman’s about-face in response to companies’ calls for increased transparency in civil penalty settlement agreements.
Mintz Member Chuck Samuels is quoted in this National Law Journal article on a settlement between Mr. Coffee Brewing Co. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Matthew Howsare, Co-chair of Mintz’s Consumer Product Safety Practice, and Member Chuck Samuels, authored this Law360 column highlighting “divides along party lines” within the Consumer Product Safety Commission leadership over the civil penalties for companies in violation of their regulations.
Mintz Washington, DC Member Chuck Samuels is quoted in this Law360 article on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) civil penalty against Starbucks’ Teavana for “failing to report exploding tea tumblers,” invoking a $3.75 million fine.
Mintz Member Chuck Samuels is quoted in this BNA’s Product Safety & Liability Reporter article on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s budget, including its calls for nanotechnology and import safety investments.

Events

Speaker
Feb
24
2021

ICPHSO 2021 Annual Virtual Meeting and Training Symposium

International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization

Virtual Event

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Panelist
Oct
27
2020

Muni Tax Policy Provisions At Stake in November

California Public Finance

Online

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Speaker
Sep
10
2015

Product Safety Committee Meeting

Retail Industry Leaders Association

Washington, DC

Faculty
May
22
2014

2014 Product Safety Management Certificate Course

2014 Product Safety Management Certificate Course at Saint Louis University's Center for Supply Chain Management Studies

St. Louis, MO

Speaker
Sep
12
2013