June 5-7, 2024 | Fairmont Scottsdale Princess | Scottsdale, Ariz.

This prestigious event will feature some of the country’s most prominent attorneys and regulatory professionals offering expert insight and analysis on a variety of topics. It is a “must-attend” conference for those looking to stay abreast of the pressing issues facing personal care products today. 

Given the depth and breadth of the topics, this conference attracts attorneys, scientists, marketers, international and regulatory affairs professionals working in the personal care products industry and looking to understand current legal and regulatory challenges. This three-day event also offers ample opportunities to network with peers, attend social events and gain valuable contacts with other industry professionals. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, and conclude at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 7.


Program At A Glance


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June 5, 2024

This panel will examine the crossover between products liability and consumer class actions and explain how these issues overlap from a legal and scientific perspective.

About the Speakers

Joshua Kipnees
Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler



Tom Kurland
Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler


The advertising landscape continues to evolve rapidly, and the only constant is the importance of keeping up with shifting regulatory and legal landscapes. As companies consider labeling and advertising claims for their cosmetics and personal care products, it is imperative to understand the contemporary legal issues and challenges brought by regulators, competitors, and the plaintiffs’ bar. This session will address current advertising-related challenges and litigation, including governmental authority actions, NAD challenges and plaintiff’s claims; provide insight on future trends; and discuss marketing compliance strategies to reduce the risk of consumer class actions, competitor challenges and regulatory enforcement.

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Katherine Armstrong
Deputy Director, National Advertising Division



Kyle Diamantas
Partner, Jones Day



Colleen Heisey
Partner, Jones Day

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The implementation of the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act is likely the most significant force shaping the future of our industry. Remaining engaged in this process is imperative not only to ensure your company’s compliance today, but also to understand how our industry will operate tomorrow. MoCRA has come a long way even since the first provisions took effect late last year, and there is also a great deal still coming down the pike. This session will break down what we’ve seen thus far from the FDA and the insights we’ve picked up along the way. The session will also discuss what’s on the horizon and what to expect in the coming months.

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Wade Ackerman
Partner, Convington & Burling

This session will explore hot topics relating to advertising through influencers and social media, with a particular focus on state legislation targeting advertising to children, best practices for and obligations relating to influencers and other endorsements, and what to expect in the coming year on these issues.

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Jessica O’Connell
Partner, Covington & Burling

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Rob Bonta
California Attorney General





Antonio Dias
Partner in Charge, Jones Day

Artificial intelligence (AI) brings new opportunities to how personal care products companies can effectively conduct business, engage with consumers, and develop and market products. This session will highlight key legal and regulatory considerations for personal care products companies when deploying AI throughout their operations, including relevant consumer protection laws, the need for transparency, potential liability for malfunctioning AI, ethical standards and the continued importance of protecting privacy and intellectual property rights.

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Raqiyyah Pippin
Partner, Arnold & Porter

Every week, the PFAS litigation and regulatory landscape changes dramatically. The EPA presses forward full steam ahead with numerous PFAS regulations, while the states have proposed hundreds of pieces of legislation related to PFAS in the last three years. Meanwhile, class action litigation, environmental pollution litigation, and greenwashing litigation are filed at dramatically increasing numbers year after year against companies. This discussion will provide the latest on all regulatory and litigation issues related to PFAS and how they will impact the PCPC community. The session will also touch on other business risks related to PFAS (e.g., consumer demands, competition, supply chain issues, etc.) and legal perspectives on how to navigate them.

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John Gardella
Partner, CMBG3

June 6, 2024

In recent times, the personal care industry has been rattled by the emergence of independent labs that have sparked controversy with dubious scientific methodologies and controversial business practices. These practices, often undertaken in collaboration with the plaintiffs’ bar, have raised eyebrows and prompted concerns within the legal, regulatory and scientific communities.

Shook, renowned for its acumen in scientific litigation, has taken a pivotal role as the science and discovery counsel in this evolving landscape. Through meticulous examination and strategic utilization of third-party, expert insights and complex litigation counsel, Shook has endeavored to counter these questionable testing methodologies in litigation settings. 

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Laurie Henry
Partner, Shook, Hardy, Bacon





Patrick Oot
Partner, Shook, Hardy Bacon





Thomas Sheehan
Partner, Shook, Hardy, Bacon




About the Speakers

Maria Alejandra Benitez
Executive Director, CASIC





Kim Kyoung-ok
Director, Global Regulatory Affair Division, Korea Cosmetic Association






Emma Trogen
Deputy Director-General, Cosmetics Europe

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To shift the expense of packaging waste from taxpayers to consumer product manufacturers, four states covering 50 million consumers are implementing EPR regimes, with more sure to follow. California’s program requires manufacturers, collectively as a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO), to achieve aggressive targets for recyclable and compostable packaging, and to fund $500 million on top of funding improvements in waste collection and recycling infrastructure to achieve these targets. As a result, almost every package on retailers’ shelves will either change or face “eco-modulated” fees in the coming years. This panel will explain the unique structure of these laws and related laws regulating terms such as “recyclable” or “compostable,” as well as options for personal care product companies to confront this challenge.

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David Barnes
Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells




Trent Norris
Partner, Hogan Lovells

Retailers are challenged by the dramatic growth in the past five years of organized retail crime (ORC). ORC is the large-scale theft of merchandise with the intent to resell items for financial gain. Organized criminal syndicates operate groups of criminals that have multiple lines of illegal business and are national in scale, often moving between local and state jurisdictions, moving along interstates and stealing from multiple retailers. Beauty and personal care products are a primary category thieves are stealing. Target is facing this challenge along with other retailers and will share how they are changing their methods to prevent theft and how they are working with policymakers at all levels of government to change the understanding of property theft and change existing laws to curtail property crime and educate PCPC ways they can collaborate with retailers to combat organized retail crime.

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Kent Wilson
Head of State and Local Government, Target




Amy Oberhelman
Director of Federal Government Affairs, Target

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June 7, 2024

Perspectives on Navigating Increasing Cosmetic Contaminant Risk: More than ever, regulators, consumers, and plaintiff’s attorneys are focused on identifying trace elements in cosmetics linked, often very loosely, to human health. Risks deemed acceptable, even trivial, a decade ago are giving rise to class action lawsuits and other mass torts. Already, the plaintiff’s bar and their allies are searching for the next PFAS, and laws governing barely detectible contaminants and impurities are proliferating at an unprecedented rate. This panel will present insights and perspectives from industry insiders and leading consultants with hands-on experience, ranging from redesigned testing protocols, hazard analyses and legal strategies.

About the Speakers

Greg Sperla
Partner, DLA Piper




Monique Forrest
Head of North American Legal Affairs, Beiersdorf NA




Nicole Lehr
VP, Associate General Counsel, L’Oréal USA




Scott Sadoff
CEO, Personal Care Regulatory & Safety Services, LLC



As the proliferation of laws and regulations that impact the personal care industry continues in the Golden State, this session will provide a comprehensive update on important developments under California law, as well as related litigation. The topics to be covered include Prop 65 trends, PFAS laws, Safe Cosmetic Program updates and recycling claims/EPR issues. Because California law continues to be the lowest common denominator on many important product regulations, the session will also forecast what may be future significant legal issues coming out of the state. 

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Will Wagner
Partner, Greenberg Traurig LLP

The Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act (MoCRA) of 2022 marks a significant shift for the personal care products industry. While it strengthens safety regulations, MoCRA also changes the landscape for litigation. This session will cover strategies that personal care companies should implement in preparation for the defense of MoCRA-related litigation. We’ll discuss the importance of strong compliance programs, updating documentation and recordkeeping policies, and how to navigate this evolving regulatory landscape. 

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Kristine Kruger
Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie





Jasmine Wetherell
Partner, Perkins Coie

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The PCPC room block at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is sold out. Rooms may be available at a higher rate by contacting the hotel directly. 

Nearby hotels include:

JW Marriott Phoenix Dessert Ridge Resort (3.8 miles)
Westin Keirland Resort and Spa (1.6 miles)
Hilton Vacation Club Scottsdale Villa Mirage (0.4 miles)
Holiday Inn Club Vacations Scottsdale Resort (0.2 mile)
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas Scottsdale (0.5 miles)
Hampton Inn & Suites (0.8 miles)
Hyatt Place Scottsdale North (0.6 miles)
Scottsdale Marriott @ McDowell Mountain (1.3 miles)
Hilton North Scottsdale @ Cavasson (1.0 mile)
Residence Inn by Marriott Scottsdale North (0.5 miles)
AC Hotel Scottsdale North (1.7 miles)
Holiday Inn and Express Suites (4.2 miles)


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Member registration is $1,495 per person. Nonmember registration is $2,600.

All cancellations and refund requests must be in writing. Registrants may cancel and receive a full refund (minus $250 cancellation fee) by April 5, 2024. Cancellations received from April 6 -May 5 will receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee. Cancellations after May 5 are non-refundable. Registrations may be transferred to another member of your company.