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The Internet of Toys

Privacy advocates in both the United States and Europe are urging regulators to take a hard look at the privacy ramifications of internet-connected toys, which are often conventional toys augmented by companion mobile...more

Data Breach Involving CloudPets “Smart” Toys Raises Internet-of-Things Security Concerns

On February 27, 2017, news reports disclosed a major security breach involving Spiral Toys, the seller of the CloudPets brand of internet-connected stuffed animals. The Bluetooth-connected CloudPets toys allow users to...more

Limits to Admitting Evidence of Other Accidents In A Products Case

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The United States District Court for the District of Maryland recently filed an opinion in a products liability case clarifying the admissibility of certain types of evidence common to product liability cases. Callahan v....more

FTC Will Consider Spying Toy Privacy Concerns

by Reed Smith on

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), in response to a complaint filed by Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) and other consumer groups, made the decision to review the potential privacy and security...more

Federal Trade Commission Reviewing Data-Collecting Toys

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The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) on January 10 confirmed that it was reviewing a complaint filed by privacy activists, which alleges that toys manufactured by Genesis Toys using Nuance Communications’ voice technology...more

The (Border) Adjustment Bureau: Hold On to Your (Imported) Hats

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Retailers would be wise to pay close attention to the upcoming tax-plan deliberations of the 115th U.S. Congress. A proposal currently being considered would adjust the U.S. corporate tax by making imports a non-deductible...more

The Road to Recall: Evaluating Defects for Substantial Product Hazard

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or the Commission) is the regulatory agency responsible for protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. Pursuant to...more

Advertising Law - December 2016 #3

FTC Reports on Disclosure Workshop - Following its September workshop, the Federal Trade Commission published a report on “Putting Disclosures to the Test.” Almost 1,000 individuals attended the workshop—225 in...more

Toys Not Immune from Scrutiny Over Privacy and Security Weaknesses

In the wake of the holiday season, it seems that even toys are not immune from privacy and security pitfalls. Two “connected” toys, Genesis Toys’ My Friend Cayla and i-Que robot, have been accused of violating U.S. and...more

You Should Know - December 2016

Presenting America’s Top Safety and Justice Stories of 2016 - Are you making all those lists and checking them twice? Gifts? Holiday cards? Party invitations? New Year’s resolutions? Well, here’s one more for you...more

Preparing for the Unexpected with Product Recall Insurance

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Companies often incur substantial costs implementing and responding to product recalls. A children's product recall might include any of the following costs, among others...more

FTC Complaint Filed Against IoT Businesses

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

This Tuesday, a consortium of consumer protection and children’s privacy groups filed a Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) complaint against Genesis Toys (“Genesis”) and Nuance Communications, Inc. (“Nuance”) in connection with...more

FTC Complaint Made Against Genesis Toys and Nuance Communications

On December 6, 2016, The Electronic Privacy Information Center, The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, The Center for Digital Democracy and Consumers Union filed a Complaint and Request for Investigation, Injunction...more

Rubber Ducks, Teethers and More: A Guide to Current and Proposed Regulations of Phthalates in Children's Products

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Phthalates are chemicals that provide flexibility and durability to a variety of products. They have historically been used in children's toys, particularly those made of flexible plastics. Phthalates soften plastics,...more

Complying with Children's Products Safety Rules and Regulations

by Stinson Leonard Street on

As we head into the busiest time of the year for consumer purchases of children's toys and games, it is important to be mindful of the rules and regulations governing children's products' safety. Below are just a few of the...more

Complying with Advertising Laws when Marketing Children's Products

by Stinson Leonard Street on

We are now in the midst of the back-to-school season, and before you know it, Halloween and the winter holiday season will be upon us. Over these next few months in particular, companies may face a variety of issues related...more

It’s Not Easy Being Green: LeapFrog Execs Dodge Class-Action Over Sales Projections

On August 2, 2016, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen dismissed a shareholder lawsuit brought against children’s educational toymaker LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (“LeapFrog”) for failure to adequately plead statements were false...more

Product Liability Verdicts in Arizona

by Snell & Wilmer on

Product liability cases show a strong defense trend in Arizona. Since 2011, Arizona juries have given twelve defense verdicts and three plaintiff’s verdicts. Here are all of the Arizona product liability verdicts over the...more

New York, New York: The Status of Regulation of Children's Products in the Empire State

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Recently, Albany County, New York enacted the “Toxic Free Toys Act” (the Act) prohibiting the sale of any children’s products in the county that contain certain heavy metals and chemicals. The Safe to Play Coalition (the...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: April 2016

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Welcome to the April edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. Last month, Administrative Law Judge Dean C. Metry issued a ruling against the CPSC in litigation with Zen Magnets over its small-diameter magnetic...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: March 2016

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Welcome to the March edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. The CPSC has been very aggressive over the past month. This past Friday, the Commission announced a record $15.45 million civil penalty against a...more

Federal Preemption of State and Local Laws Governing Children's Products

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In January 2015, Albany County became the first of several municipalities in New York to enact a version of the “Toxic Free Toys Act” ("the Act") prohibiting any amount of six heavy metals and benzene in children’s products...more

Federal Judge Prohibits Novelty Toy Seller From Selling Products Containing Recalled Magnets

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Rare-earth magnets are small, strong, permanent magnets made from alloys of rare earth elements. The Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC") has enacted strict regulations governing the sale of these magnets in the United...more

Children's Products: Safety Regulations Governing Rattles and Magnet Sets

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Through the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and other federal statutes, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has promulgated regulations governing the manufacture and sale of children's products in...more

2016 Emerging Issues in the Children's Products Industry

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Many emerging issues impacting children's products and the juvenile products industry are anticipated this year. We may see new regulations promulgated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission), the...more

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