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Ryan Nelson

Editor-in-Chief, Medtech Insight, HBW Insight

Washington, D.C.

Ryan has been covering the medical device and consumer health, wellness and beauty sectors since 2004, first as a reporter for Gray Sheet, where he covered beats including Capitol Hill, international and emerging technology, and then as managing editor of Rose Sheet. In his current role, he oversees and heads up strategy for their successor publications Medtech Insight and HBW Insight. He also manages and contributes regularly to HBW Insight’s Beauty channel with a focus on regulatory, policy and legal issues and has moderated related panels at industry events. Ryan has a growing role in developing podcasts, new features, “deep dive” article series, and infographics across teams and publications. Off the job, he enjoys spending time with his wife Katie, son Finn and daughter Maggie in Alexandria, VA, a DC suburb.

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Getting Green Claims Right: ‘Bring Everybody Into The Same Room’

Maggie Spicer, attorney and founder of Source Beauty LLC, discusses her approach with clients to developing green claims they can feel confident about.

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Aquaphor ‘Preservative-Free’ Lip Products Contain ‘Well-Known Preservative’ – Class Action Complaint

Beiersdorf AG joins Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. and a growing host of food product marketers in federal court defending against allegations of false advertising regarding preservatives-free claims.

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Global Political Winds May Change, But Beauty Focus On Impact And Sustainability Is Here To Stay

Whether it’s called ESG, impact and sustainability, or any other name, the relationship between beauty brands and the people and planet affected by their products and operations is a serious consideration for a coveted class of young consumers. “I don’t think political pressure against the term ESG can counteract a 15-year-old on TikTok,” says attorney and Source Beauty founder Maggie Spicer.

Sustainability Legal Issues

Horoscopic Hair Color; ‘Unleash Your Inner Shower’; AromaPassions ‘Dupes’; Beauty Marketing In Brief

eSalon has teamed with a professional astrologer to provide consumers with customized hair color that “bring[s] out the best of your zodiac sign.” Meanwhile, method has expanded its personal-care offering with shampoo and conditioner items in conjunction with a new shower-themed campaign, P&G’s Native brand launches Whole Body Deodorant, and AromaPassions a new “dupe” perfume discovery set.

Advertising, Marketing & Sales Launches

‘No Preservatives’ Class Actions Come For Cosmetics; Neutrogena ‘Preservative Free’ Shampoo Targeted

The plaintiffs’ bar may be turning its sights on cosmetics companies after focusing primarily on food and beverage firms in recent years with class actions alleging preservative-free fraud. The trend accelerated after Celsius Holdings, Inc. settled a related case last year to the tune of $7.8m.

Legal Issues Advertising, Marketing & Sales

Sunscreen SPFs Back In Plaintiffs’ Crosshairs? Alleged Supergoop Misrepresentations Don't Go Unseen

Plaintiff Marceann Dunning says she and other consumers would not have purchased Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen for body and face, or would have paid less for them, had they known the products’ SPF was significantly lower than the SPF 40 labeled. A rash of similar class actions years back against major sunscreen brands fizzled, ostensibly in quiet settlements with lead plaintiffs.

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