Antitrust & Federal Regulation: Senate Passes Consumer Product Safety Act Reauthorization

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On March 6, 2008, the U.S. Senate passed S. 2663, the most ambitious reauthorization and amendment to the Consumer Product Safety Act and related statutes since the creation of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or the “Commission”) in the 1970s. The Senate bill must be reconciled in a House-Senate conference with the almost equally ambitious House bill H.R. 4040. This could occur by July 2008.

Mintz Levin has been actively engaged as a leader in the National Association of Manufacturers Coalition representing manufacturers and retailers on this critical issue. However when the final legislation comes out, certain realities are apparent for manufacturing, supply chains and retail.(See Article for full details).

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