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William L. Troutman

Partner

William L. Troutman

Los Angeles

T:+1 213 892 9208

Will Troutman concentrates his practice on market access for the US and California, environmental disputes, and business and human rights. Mr. Troutman's expertise includes regulatory compliance for consumer products, food, cosmetics, and automotive parts; compliance and enforcement for chemicals and pesticides, including Proposition 65; Superfund and other environmental restrictions; and supply chain dynamics involving human rights and CSR issues.

He earned his JD from the University of Southern California Law School and his BA from Northwestern University. Will is the co-editor of the Consumer Products Law Blog. His experience includes:

  • Consumer products, food, and cosmetics: compliance and enforcement for retailers, distributors, and manufacturers involving the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, reporting to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, national and international product recalls; Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; Federal Trade Commission Act; Fair Packaging and Labeling Act; warranties; and related state regulations, such as product stewardship takeback programs and regulatory fees; Made in the USA claims, and product labeling. 
  • Automotive: compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and state analogs; the California Air Resources Board aftermarket parts requirements; and OEM and Tier supplier liability issues.  
  • Chemical and pesticide regulation: compliance and enforcement with California Proposition 65; WA, OR, VT, and ME children's product reporting statutes; green chemistry; FIFRA and state pesticide regulations; VOC emissions limits in California; and the EPA and California formaldehyde in composite wood restrictions.
  • Environmental compliance, litigation, and transactional support: federal and state Superfund, California hazardous waste generation, handling, and management, environmental aspects of business transactions, federal and California Clean Air Acts and related air quality regulations, California Air Resources Board requirements, CEQA, and CESA
  • Business and human rights: compliance with California's Transparency in Supply Chains Act; Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals disclosures; and risk advisories relating to overseas manufacture of goods.
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  • Education

    2006 - J.D., University of Southern California Law School
    2001 - B.A., with Honors, English and International Studies, Northwestern University

    While in law school, William was the Executive Editor of The Southern California Law Review. He is licensed to practice law in California.

  • Representative experience

    Consumer Products, Food, and Cosmetics:

    • Regulatory counsel for several importers and retailers on day-to-day compliance issues, including Section 15(b) reporting and product recalls and triaging compliance issues in connection with entry or distribution.
    • Private labelers, retailers, and manufacturers on Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act compliance, CPSC enforcement, and consumer product safety standards
    • Power tool manufacturer in global audit and recommendations for improvement of product safety, reporting, and recall compliance systems, including business units operating in the Americas, Asia Pacific, and EMEA regions
    • Various private labelers, retailers, and manufacturers in annual and periodic updates to internal and external compliance documents, including merchant, quality assurance, and vendor manuals and training materials, and updates and guidelines for legal
    • Food manufacturer in challenge to composition claims based on FDA standards of identity
    • Canadian retailer on launch of ecommerce sales in United States
    • Importer on cosmetics composition and claims requirements
    • Hardware private labeler on compliance with federal Department of Energy appliance efficiency requirements
    • Electronics retailer on the California Appliance Efficiency Requirements, including negotiating with California Energy Commission over compliance solutions
    • Importer on compliance with state product stewardship, regulatory fee, and take-back programs for electronics, durable goods, paint, wireless phones, batteries, and tires
    • Private labelers, retailers, and manufacturers in compliance with law label requirements for filled and upholstered goods
    • Private labelers, retailers, and manufacturers in compliance with FTC and California Made in USA claims
    • Manufacturers in compliance with California's Rigid Plastic Packaging Container regulation
    • Private labelers and retailers in restrictions on the sale, possession, and carry of weapons
    • Electronics and sporting goods manufacturers and retailers in identification of testing and warning language requirements under UL, ANSI, ASTM, and industry-specific standards, and assisting in development of testing methods when no regulation or industry standard applies  

    Automotive:

    • Automotive parts importer and retailer in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for various automotive parts
    • Aftermarket parts retailer in compliance and enforcement issues under California Air Resources Board aftermarket parts requirements
    • Performance parts manufacturer in testing and certification for Executive Orders under CARB aftermarket parts requirements
    • Tier supplier in risk assessment for supply of raw materials and subcomponents to Tier and OEM customers
    • Automotive parts manufacturer in combating sale of counterfeit goods in California

    Chemical and pesticide regulation:

    • Manufacturer in developing Safe Use Determination under California Proposition 65
    • Private labelers, retailers, and manufacturers of consumer products, food, and cosmetics in compliance and enforcement of California Proposition 65
    • Private labelers, retailers, and manufacturers in compliance with Washington, Oregon, Maine, and Vermont reporting requirements for chemicals in children's products, including advice in connection with Washington investigation into failure to comply
    • Hardware private labeler in building California VOC compliance program
    • Private labelers, retailers, and manufacturers in enforcement of California Consumer Products regulation limiting VOC emissions
    • Private labelers, retailers, and manufacturers in compliance with California Safer Consumer Products regulation
    • International chemical processor in establishing a REACH compliance program
    • Manufacturers in challenges to California VOC emissions limits for consumer products and architectural coatings
    • Hardware retailer in California pesticide compliance 
    • Private labelers, retailers, and manufacturers in compliance with EPA and California formaldehyde in composite wood requirements
    • Retailer in assessing treated articles for FIFRA and state pesticide regulation compliance
    • Private labelers and manufacturers in performance apparel claims

    Environmental compliance, litigation, and transactional support:

    • Property owner in remediation action with EPA and Regional Board
    • Hydrocarbon products distributor in Superfund action
    • Retailer in hazardous waste management and disposal compliance program
    • Renewable energy operator in acquisition of cogeneration plant
    • Poultry processing facility in zoning and land use dispute
    • Energy company in land use dispute involving NEPA, CEQA, ESA, and CESA
    • Municipality in connection with remediation of a former waste site
    • Industrial equipment manufacturer in state Superfund action
    • International shipping company in hazardous material transportation action
    • Commercial enterprises in a cost recovery action resulting from remediation of a chemical recycling plant
    • Waste management company in EPA PCB disposal enforcement action
    • International shipping company in establishing a hazardous waste management compliance program

    Business and human rights:

    • Private labelers, retailers, and manufacturers in compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
    • Private labeler in overseas factory audit regarding human rights and CSR
    • Private labeler and retailers in compliance with Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals disclosure requirements
    • Canadian food distributor on human rights obligations applicable to subcontractors in the United States
  • Admissions
    • California State Bar License
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Southern California Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2013 - 2016
  • Publications
  • Speaking engagements
    • "The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act: Breaking Developments," Fulbright Web Seminar, February 19, 2009
    • "REACH, TSCA Reform and California Green Chemistry: Practical Considerations," 2010 Environmental Law Update Seminar, Houston, TX, October 12, 2010
    • "Climate Change: Legislation & Litigation," 2011 Environmental Law Update Seminar, Houston, TX, October 12, 2011
    • "Chemicals in the Supply Chain," 2012 Environmental Law Update Seminar, Houston, TX, September 18, 2012
  • Memberships and activities
    • State Bar of California - Environmental Law Section
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association - Environmental Law Section
    • International Consumer Products Health & Safety Organization
    • United States Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter
    • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
    • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Greater Los Angeles, 2011-13 Man & Woman of the Year Committee Member
    • Team In Training -- 2012 Los Angeles Marathon 
    • Hermosa Beach Carbon Neutral City Committee
    • 2011 AIDS Walk Los Angeles, Volunteer