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What is a Defective Product Liability Claim?

The law requires manufacturers, distributors and retailers to ensure their products meet certain safety standards. Yet dangerous and defective products — from automobiles to children’s toys — still injure thousands of...more

Are Product Recalls Effective? Report Suggests Children’s Products Recalls Are Largely Ineffective

For most Americans, hearing news that one of our children’s products has been recalled can induce much anxiety. When we buy products for our kids, such as a car seat or a high chair, we expect that they are going to be safe...more

Graco Car Seat Recall

This February Graco Children's Products, Inc. (Graco) announced a massive recall of its toddler and booster child restraint systems. With an estimated 3.7 million units affected, the recall is one of the largest in history....more

Potential Risk In Using Baby Powder

Nothing is more refreshing than a warm shower followed by a little sweet smelling powder. Whether you use a generic baby powder or a name brand perfumed brand, you probably have never considered that you could be putting...more

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

Graco Recalls Millions of Faulty Car Seats

On the road, young children need to be in their seat — a safe car seat. Recently, Graco Children’s Products, Inc. recalled almost four million car seats because of a faulty buckle. ...more

Unauthorized Children’s In-App Purchases Round Two: Google Faces Class Action

Just two months after Apple’s settlement with the FTC over lax parental controls over children’s in-app purchases, Google takes the spotlight with claims of unauthorized children’s in-app purchases in the Google Play Store!...more

California Names First Consumer Products for Green Chemistry “Priority Products” List

Recently, we have informed our readers of product safety legislative and regulatory initiatives, including green chemistry programs, driven at the state level. One of these important state regulatory initiatives is...more

DTSC Releases Initial Proposed “Priority Products” List for Safer Consumer Products Regulations

On March 13, 2014, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its initial proposed list of “Priority Products” for regulation under DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products program. The three categories of...more

Environmental Law - Mar 14, 2014: California Proposes Inaugural List of Priority Products to Be Regulated by the Safer Consumer...

After years in the making, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its list of the first group of Priority Products it proposes to regulate under the California Safer Consumer Products...more

One step closer to safer children in Florida

Earlier this week, the Florida Senate Transportation Committee unanimously passed SB 518, which would require children between the ages of four and seven to be restrained in a booster seat while in a car. This is a big step...more

Car Seat Recall and Child Safety Concerns: Graco Recalls Nearly 4 Million Car Seats Over Faulty Buckle

When we buy a car seat for our children, we expect that it will be safe for use. However, car seats, like other products, can fail to meet our expectations and can present serious risks for children. Graco Children’s...more

Holding Toy Companies Liable for Injuries

This past July, national news sources reported that Baby Einstein, an Atlanta-based toy company, was forced to recall more than 400,000 baby jumpers after receiving reports of more than 60 injuries. The recall included a...more

Is a Dangerous Product Lurking in Your Home?

Manufacturers have an obligation to supply products that are safe. Unfortunately, dangerous and defective products often make their way to the market. Just recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a...more

What Does Product Liability Mean Anyway?

Ralph Nader worked as a lawyer while he researched his 1965 book Unsafe at Any Speed. The book focused on the Chevrolet Corvair, but many of the problems he detailed, including the lack of standard seatbelts, metal dashboards...more

FTC Announces Settlement Over In-App Purchases By Minors

On January 15, the FTC announced that a major mobile technology company agreed to resolve allegations that it violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by failing to inform account holders that entering their password on their mobile...more

BREAKING NEWS: FTC Announces Major Settlement with Apple

Apple Agrees to Pay Consumers At Least $32.5 Million to Settle Complaint of Unfair Billing Related to Children’s In-App Charges - FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez just announced (press conference) that Apple, Inc....more

Product Safety Update From Capitol Hill

After Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (“CPSIA”) in 2008 and the major amendment to the CPSIA (Public Law 112-28) in 2011, the product safety world turned its attention and focus to CPSC regulatory...more

Are Children Safe in High Chairs? Rise in High Chair Injuries Reported in New Study

Child Injury and Defective Products - Are our children safe in high chairs? According to a recent study published in the journal of Clinical Pediatrics, each year thousands of children suffer injuries from high...more

German Federal Supreme Court Releases Long-Awaited Decision in Gameforge ‘Runes of Magic’ Case

Last week the German Federal Supreme Court (FSC) finally released its full decision, with reasons, in the Gameforge “Runes of Magic” litigation. The court had already made its decision on 17 July 2013 (file no.: I ZR 34/12)....more

Large Retailer Fined for Violating Australia’s Product Safety Laws

At the end of December, Dimmeys, a large Australian discount department store, was fined approximately $3 million dollars by an Australian court for violating Australia’s federal product safety laws for the fifth time. The...more

You Should Know - December 2013

In This Issue: - Six Tips for Safe Toys - Dangerous Toy Lists - Dr. Toy's 100 Best - Excerpt from 6 Tips to Shopping Smart for Safe Toys this Holiday Season: We can always count on children to...more

Personalized Products Companies and the Consumer Product Safety Act

We have previously blogged about the sometimes difficult decision that companies face when classifying their products as “children’s” or “general-use” products and the uncertainty of predicting whether the Consumer Product...more

Bright Lights Big Hazard: FDA Comments on Laser Toys

A few years ago, lasers were novel and used primarily in eye surgeries or in high-tech industries. Today, lasers are found in toys for children and even for cats. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a...more

Products or Services That Cannot Be Sold To California Minors Cannot Be Advertised To Them Online, Either

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law S.B. 568, the first bill of its kind in the nation. S.B. 568 enacts two new statutes under the title “Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World.” The...more

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