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Product Stewardship and the Internet of Things: Emerging Challenges

Thursday, November 2 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Learning Level: Competent | Topic: Emerging Issues

The proliferation of “connected” technology into a wide variety of consumer products has begun to raise new challenges as states and localities grapple with how to deal with these products once they are discarded. Many state product stewardship programs are premised on assumptions about the types, volumes, and chemical and toxicity characteristics of materials that are in regulated products, but these assumptions may need to be updated in light of the integration of technology – and the materials that make up that technology – into these products. This session will identify key legal and regulatory challenges that extended producer responsibility stakeholders will have to grapple with as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand existing extended producer responsibility paradigms for consumer products.
  2. Identify key assumptions that may need to be adjusted as new technologies displace products currently governed by product stewardship mandates.
  3. Be prepared to work with government and other stakeholders to sensibly manage potential regulatory revisions to existing product stewardship liability laws.
Joseph Samir Kakesh, Of Counsel, Wiley Rein, LLP