Consumer Brands CPG Legal Forum

Consumer Brands CPG Legal Forum

  • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Thursday, February 23, 2023 9:00 AM - Friday, February 24, 2023 6:00 PM 

The Consumer Brands CPG Legal Forum is the premier gathering for legal professionals in the consumer packaged goods industry from household and personal care to food and beverage products. Covington lawyers will speak over the course of the conference educating attendees on top-of-mind legal issues.

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  • Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 9:25 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    Leveraging Legal Acumen for Leadership: A Fireside Chat with Eric Holder
    Chief legal professionals are often tasked with shaping many aspects within a company, ranging from compliance to culture. Hear perspectives from the 82nd Attorney General and Senior Counsel at Covington & Burling, Eric Holder, on how to leverage legal acumen for leadership. As the nation’s former chief legal officer, Eric will discuss winning strategies for litigation, regulatory and public policy as well as emerging social issues and provide practical insights CPG professionals can take back to their companies.

    Speaker: Eric Holder, 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Covington & Burling Senior Counsel.
    Moderated by: Stacy Papadopoulos, General Counsel and SVP, Operations and Initiatives, Consumer Brands Association
  • Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Regulatory and Legislation: Major Questions on Congressional Deference and Regulatory Agencies – The World After EPA v. West Virginia
    While the Supreme Court’s decision in EPA v. West Virginia is cited as a climate change-focused decision, it also upends decades of administrative law interpretation and Congressional deference. The case noting that “administrative agencies must be able to point to ‘clear congressional authorization’ when they claim the power to make decisions of vast ‘economic and political significance’” could mean many regulations are left vulnerable. This session will explore regulations where clear delegation may spell legal challenges including at the FDA, USDA, OSHA and beyond.

    Speaker: Matt Ball, Partner, K&L Gates, and Kevin Poloncarz, Partner, Covington & Burling
  • Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 3:15 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.
    A Sustainable Path for CPG Green Claims
    Commitment to sustainability and promotion of environmental benefits is a unifying aspect of the CPG industry, though there continues to be shades of gray on appropriate standards. This session will discuss how to approach sustainability claims, potential updates to the Federal Trade Commission Green Guides, lessons learned from other industries such as textiles and fashion, vetting potential environmental impact and sorting out climate science, public nuisance allegations, preventative measures, best steps with carbon footprints, the SEC climate change disclosure proposed rule and how to leverage the legal department to shoulder reputational challenges.

    Speaker: Laura Kim, Partner, Covington & Burling and Kristine Kruger, Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie, and Steve Zalesin, Partner, Patterson Belknap
    Moderated by: Alana Sharenow, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Keurig Dr Pepper
  • Friday, February 24, 2023 - Breakfast Roundtable Session at 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    FDA and 2023
    This session provides an overview of FDA’s legal interconnectivity with the CPG industry including modernization efforts, progress on crucial regulatory terms such as “healthy,” inspection and audit readiness, the traceability rule, front of pack labeling, allergen warnings, labeling flexibility, industry advisory considerations as well as how the operations dynamics at the agency are influencing legal affairs across all product sectors.
    Presenting Sponsor: Covington & Burling
    Presenters: Jessica O’Connell, Partner, Covington & Burling, and Miriam Guggenheim, Partner, Covington & Burling
  • Friday, February 24, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    Regulatory and Legislative: Federal Trade Commission: Competition and Consumer Protection Issues for the CPG Industry
    While one of the smaller agencies in Washington, the FTC oversees a crucial intersection of business interests and consumer protection issues shared across the CPG industry. Our panel, which includes former FTC officials, will discuss recent happenings at the agencies covering investigations, recent DOJ/FTC guidelines, mergers and marketing practices and how FTC policies will shape daily legal and regulatory considerations for the CPG industry.

    Speakers: Laura Kim, Partner, Covington & Burling, Miriam Guggenheim, Partner, Covington & Burling, and Ryan Quillian, Partner, Covington & Burling