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2015 Omnibus Provides $123 Million in Funding for the CPSC with No User Fee Authorization; Report Language Focuses on Test Burden...

Update: After some uncertainty, Congress passed and the President is expected to sign the 2015 Omnibus bill into law. The report language of the Omnibus bill incorporated by reference House Report 113-508, which...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Advocates of GMO labeling vow to continue fight even after electoral...more

CPSC Focusing on Three Areas for Reduction of CPSIA Testing Burdens

At their April Senate confirmation hearing, both incoming CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Joe Mohorovic pledged to Senator John Thune (R-SD) to submit plans for reducing third party testing burdens within 60 days...more

Karl Rove's Efforts to "Buy" Courts Harmed America, Says Legendary Attorney [Video]

Oct. 8, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Fred Levin, one of the most successful and controversial plaintiffs lawyers in America, talks with Lee Pacchia about a new book by Josh Young detailing his colorful life and his views on civil...more

Pin the Blame on the Corporate Officer: Senators Introduce Hide No Harm Act

Three Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill that seeks to hold company executives of a product maker or seller criminally liable for knowingly "failing to inform and warn of serious dangers" associated with a product....more

House Appropriations Amendments Would Halt CPSC’s Voluntary Recalls Rule; Fund Testing Relief

The House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 5016, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2015, which provides funding to many different parts of the federal government for the next...more

Former CPSC Chairman Brown Expresses Concern over CPSC’s Voluntary Recalls Rule

Former CPSC Chairman Ann Brown recently sent a letter to the leaders of the CPSC’s congressional oversight committee asking for them to “urge the Commission to consider its proposed [voluntary recalls] rule carefully and to...more

Asbestos Alert: A Single Exposure May Be “Substantial,” and Evidence of Lobbying Is Not Excluded Under The Noerr-Pennington...

The Court of Appeal has reversed a nonsuit in favor of Amcord based on an epidemiologist’s testimony that a hypothetical worker who poured a bag of gun plastic cement would be at an increased risk for developing mesothelioma....more

Search & Destroy Mission Yields Scant Results

We commented on the Obama Administration’s anti-preemption search and destroy mission at the time, back in 2009. To recap, a presidential memorandum directed all federal administrative agencies to seek out, identify, and...more

The Politics of Beer

By Ren LaForme, staff writer – September 14, 2011 There’s just something about beer. It is a concoction as old as civilization, thought to have been invented around the same time as bread, and yet it is still the center of...more

House Committee Votes To End Funding for CPSC Database

The House Appropriations Committee voted last week (tally 27–21) to send a funding bill to the House floor that would cut off funds from being used for the Consumer Product Safety Commission's new consumer...more

Tort Reform Advances In Tennessee

Readers know that tort reform is an important issue we have posted on before, at the federal and state level. Latest update: Tennessee recently enacted reform legislation that will, among other things, limit the amount of...more

Republicans Aim to Cut Financing for Toy Hazard Database

In 2008, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act after a flood of unsafe toys from China hit the U.S. market. Less than three years later, however, the new Republican-led House of Representatives wants to...more

Experts Predict Passage of the Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act of 2010: What Does This Law Mean to U.S. Importers...

One of the more controversial bills brewing in Congress is the Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act of 2010. Although a variation of this bill was introduced in the Senate Finance Committee last year, it received...more

California Considers Requiring Disclosure of Consumer Product Ingredients on the Internet

California’s legislature is considering new legislation that would ban the manufacture, sale, or distribution of certain consumer products sold in California unless manufacturers publish a comprehensive list of ingredients on...more

Cadmium Products Now in Crosshairs of Federal and State Legislators

With lead banned in children's products by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), many American politicians, regulators and consumer groups are now calling for a ban on cadmium, another toxic metal that...more

Winslow: Texas Must Stop Protecting Public Safety on the Cheap

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published a guest column by Texas Watch Executive Director Alex Winslow discussing the Toyota safety debacle and how the comapny should have to face an impartial judge and citizen jury – not an...more

U.S. May Set Rule Requiring Brake Override System

The Obama administration is considering requiring all automobiles to contain a brake override system intended to prevent sudden acceleration episodes like those that have led to the recall of millions of Toyotas, the...more

Republican Anne Northup Tapped to Fill Final CPSC Commissioner Spot

President Obama has nominated Anne Northup, a former Republican Representative from Kentucky, to the only remaining vacancy on the five-member Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) panel. Northup served in the U.S. House...more

Breaking News: CPSC Acting Chairman Role to Shift from Nancy Nord to Commissioner Thomas Moore Until New Chairman Is Confirmed

Nancy Nord, Acting Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced that she will transition her leadership role to fellow Commissioner Thomas Moore, effective Monday, June 1. Moore, a Democrat and...more

Proposed Federal Legislation Could Restrict Materials Commonly Used in Many Electronics and Electrical Power Products

New legislation being considered in the United States Congress could dramatically affect how many electronics and electrical power products are manufactured in the future. The “Environmental Design of Electrical Equipment...more

The Walls Are Closing In: Chinese Drywall Issues Prompt Legislation and Litigation

Certain drywall manufactured in China is allegedly defective. It has been alleged that this defective drywall corrodes electrical wires and copper coils, and emits "rotten egg" fumes that cause respiratory health problems. It...more

Consumer Product Safety Commission Advisory: Announcement of New Nominees To The Consumer Product Safety Commission: How This...

On May 5, 2009, President Obama announced his nomination of Inez Moore Tenenbaum to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Robert S. Adler to be a commissioner. He also announced his intent to nominate a fifth...more

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