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Product Safety Update from Capitol Hill (Part Two)

Earlier this year, we began a series of blog entries to update our readers on legislative efforts on Capitol Hill that affect stakeholders within the product safety arena…more

| Elections & Politics, Consumer Protection

CPSC Announces Forman Mills Civil Penalty and Compliance Program

For the first time in nearly a year, a unanimous U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced that a company will pay a hefty civil penalty and enact a strict compliance program to resolve allegations regarding its…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection

Kaye & Mohorovic CPSC Confirmation Hearing Set for April 8th

The rumor is now confirmed. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation officially announced it will hold the confirmation hearing for CPSC Chairman nominee, Elliot Kaye, and Commissioner nominee, Joe…more

| Elections & Politics, Consumer Protection

Elliot Kaye Nominated as New Chairman of the CPSC

The long awaited announcement of a new CPSC Chairman is finally here. After more than a year of speculation and intrigue, the search ended right where it started today when President Obama announced that Elliot Kaye is his…more

| Consumer Protection

Senate Bill Would Expand Current Phthalates Prohibitions

Earlier this year, we blogged about Senator Kirstin Gillibrand’s (D-NY) announcement that she planned to introduce legislation expanding the scope of Section 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (“CPSIA”). That…more

| Consumer Protection

CPSC is Now Publicly Posting “Letters of Advice” to its Website

In his keynote address at the annual conference of the International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization (ICPHSO), Acting Chairman Adler announced that the agency had recently started posting what it calls “letters of…more

| Administrative Law, Consumer Protection, Health, Products Liability

Toy Companies Sued for Importing Defective Products

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed suit in federal court against four California companies and six individuals for importing products that violate the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (“FHSA”) and the…more

| Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Products Liability

CPSC Holding Third Party Testing Exemptions Workshop

The CPSC is voting soon on whether to hold a workshop to discuss potential ways to reduce third party testing costs through additional “determinations” that certain products or materials do not require third party testing…more

| Administrative Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

Product Safety Round-Up from the States

Over the past month, our blog posts have focused on the product safety activities of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and U.S. Congress, and even within the EU and Australia. However, product safety developments…more

| Consumer Protection

Changes Might Be Coming to the EU’s RoHS Directive

The European Commission likely will propose an amendment to the European Union’s 2011 Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS Directive) before the summer. The Directive, which was adopted in February 2003 and took…more

| Environmental Law, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade

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