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Evelyn A. French

Associate

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Evelyn focuses her practice on regulatory and compliance matters involving the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) and other federal and state product safety laws. She helps companies seeking representation on product safety reporting obligations, product safety investigations, recalls, and other regulatory and enforcement matters. Evelyn also engages in trade association representation and has an antitrust practice in which she advises on many aspects of antitrust law, including merger review and private antitrust litigation.

Prior to joining Mintz, Evelyn was a litigation associate at a law firm in Atlanta, where she litigated a variety of disputes in state and federal courts, including disputes related to breach of contract, products liability, and breach of fiduciary duty. She authored numerous dispositive motions as well as pleadings and discovery requests.

Evelyn also clerked for Chief Judge Thomas Thrash of the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. As a law clerk, she researched and drafted judicial opinions for cases involving products liability, antitrust, personal injury, and constitutional law. Additionally, she gained significant experience with multidistrict litigation and class actions. In law school, she was editor-in-chief of the Georgia Law Review.

Education

  • University of Georgia (JD)
  • University of Georgia (BA, summa cum laude)

Recognition & Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi

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Commissioner Bob Adler Elected Vice-Chairman of the CPSC, Making Him Acting Chairman of the Agency

September 13, 2019 | Blog | By Charles Samuels, Matthew Howsare, Shawn Skolky, Evelyn French

FTC Alleges Surescripts Illegally Monopolized E-Prescription Market

April 29, 2019 | Alert | By Bruce Sokler, Evelyn French

Case Study Hero Manufacturer Obtains Reversal CPSC Enforcement Action Mintz

Breaking: CPSC Notifies Numerous Companies of Unprecedented, Unauthorized Disclosure of Information

April 11, 2019 | Blog | By Matthew Howsare, Charles Samuels, Shawn Skolky, Evelyn French

Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) informed what could turn out to be a very large number of consumer product companies that it discovered what appears to be a mass inadvertent disclosure of nonpublic manufacturer and product specific information.

CPSC Commissioner Elliot Kaye Issues Statement Providing a Framework of Safety for the Internet of Things

February 11, 2019 | Blog | By Charles Samuels, Matthew Howsare, Evelyn French

Commissioner Elliot Kaye recently released a framework, which he co-authored with his Senior Science and Policy Advisor, Dr. Jonathan Midgett, that provides an “overview of technology-neutral best practices to ensure consumer product safety in the design and deployment of devices, software and systems used with the Internet-connected consumer products.” This framework should prove useful to consumer product companies as they navigate the burgeoning world of IoT devices.
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Unilateral Recalls: Companies Should Consider Launching Recalls Without the CPSC During the Government Shutdown

January 24, 2019 | Blog | By Matthew Howsare, Charles Samuels, Evelyn French, Shawn Skolky

Now in its fifth week, the partial government shutdown has left many companies wondering what to do about recalls for consumer products. Generally, consumer product companies work in coordination with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) when conducting recalls. But like other affected agencies, the CPSC is currently operating with only its essential staff members, which is about 20 or fewer employees.
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Costco Agrees to $3.85 Million Civil Penalty for Failure to Report, Accepted by Unanimous CPSC Vote

October 8, 2018 | Blog | By Charles Samuels, Shawn Skolky, Evelyn French

On Friday, October 5, 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced that Costco Wholesale, Corp. (Costco) entered into a settlement agreement with the CPSC to pay a $3.85 million civil penalty for its alleged failure to report defective trash cans. The penalty agreement was accepted 4-0 by the Commission. Notably, this is the first multi-million dollar civil penalty in the post-CPSIA era where there was not a Democratic majority at the CPSC, indicating that penalty actions are far from moribund under the current leadership.
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In September 25, 2018 remarks at the 2018 Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim announced the Department of Justice’s plan to modernize and expedite the DOJ merger review process. This article outlines the changes to the merger review process, which the DOJ now plans to complete within six months of the parties’ Hart-Scott-Rodino filings.

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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.