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September 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s selection of carriers to operate U.S.-Havana and U.S.-Tokyo (Haneda) air services, the FAA’s implementation of its small unmanned aircraft...more

Co-sleeping Safely: A Guide to the Current Regulations of Infant Bedside Sleepers

The bedside sleeper, also called a "co-sleeper" or "co-sleeping bassinet," provides a baby and parent their own sleeping experiences while still enabling the parent to be in close proximity to the baby. This product is most...more

Battery Problems Spread to Smartphones

After more than a decade of laptop battery fires, coupled with the surge in new battery operated devices causing fires (including hoverboards and e-cigarettes), it seemed almost impossible that news of a new string of...more

The First Baby Bed: A Guide to Current and Proposed Regulations of Bassinets

Have you ever wondered which type of children's product has the longest history? As far as children's sleeping products are concerned, the bassinet is probably the most time-honored staple. Iron baby beds were developed in...more

The Modern Play Pen: A Guide to the Current and Proposed Regulations of Play Yards

On May 12, 1998, 16-month-old Danny Keysar died after his portable crib, also known as a play yard, collapsed while he was napping at his licensed childcare facility in Chicago. When the play yard collapsed, Danny's neck had...more

FLPs and Other “Discounting” Strategies: Targets for IRS Scrutiny? Act Now!

Proposed regulations issued by the Treasury Department in August 2016 under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code seek to limit valuation discounts afforded by family limited partnerships (FLP) and other common planning...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: August 2016

Welcome to the August edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. The number of products subject to recalls this year is on pace to dwarf the number of recalled units in recent years. On the heels of the recent...more

Hot CPSC Jurisdictional Issues: Does the CPSC Have Regulatory Authority Over Amusement Park Rides and Guns?

In the wake of two tragic amusement park ride accidents in Kansas and Tennessee, and the ongoing political debate in America over gun safety issues, we felt it timely to help answer a question that continues to be asked in...more

FDA Issues Final Guidance on General Wellness Products

On July 28, 2016, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized guidance stating that the agency does not plan to regulate “general wellness products,” including software applications, provided they present a...more

E-Cigarette Makers Contending with New CPSC and FDA Regulations

Products like e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) have been under intense scrutiny in recent years from public health officials, legislators at all levels of government, and many other...more

Product Safety and Liability Prevention

When companies make products that are not safe, they automatically increase their liabilities. This is not in anyone’s interest. Costs increase. Bad PR increases. Good will is lost. Insurance rates go up. And, most...more

CPSC Chairman Kaye and Commissioner Adler: Current Civil Penalties Approach Works

Yesterday, CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Robert Adler issued a lengthy joint statement vigorously defending the Commission’s current approach to civil penalties against various criticisms voiced by Commissioners...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: July 2016

Welcome to the July edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. The CPSC has announced two major recalls in the last month impacting millions of products. The most recent of these major recalls is the July 6...more

Falling Furniture — Get a Hold On It Before They Do

CPSC Issues National Campaign To Curb Accidents from Falling Furniture - One child dies every two weeks from falling furniture in the home, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The public became very much...more

Massive CPSC Recall Leaked to the Press by “CPSC Source” Prior to Official Agency Announcement

Today the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) and Health Canada announced a massive joint recall with IKEA involving over 35 million pieces of furniture that can pose a tip over hazard to small children. While we...more

2016 – Already a Record Year for CPSC Civil Penalty Settlements

At only the halfway point in 2016, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC” or the “Commission”) has already broken last year’s record for total amount of civil penalties. Thanks in part to the largest CPSC civil...more

Rocket's Red Glare: Burns & Other Injuries From Fireworks

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), about 230 people are rushed to an emergency room daily between June 20th and July 20th each year, because of serious fireworks injuries. More than half of these ER...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: June 2016

Please see full CPSC Recall Snapshot below for more information....more

UL Issues First Safety Certification for Hoverboards

On May 10, 2016, Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL), the global safety science organization, announced that it issued the first safety certification to the UL 2272 safety requirements for electrical systems of self-balancing...more

Small, Fun and… Dangerous? Examining ATVs and Electric Cars

The popularity of four-wheel recreational vehicles and alternative non-gasoline vehicles has increased over the past several years. As more people operate all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), risks and hazards are discovered through...more

Small, Fun and… Dangerous? Examining ATVs and Electric Cars

The popularity of four-wheel recreational vehicles and alternative non-gasoline vehicles has increased over the past several years. As more people operate all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), risks and hazards are discovered through...more

CPSC Reaches Second Civil Penalty Agreement in As Many Weeks; Sunbeam Products to Pay $4.5 Million to Resolve Late Reporting...

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is set to announce yet another civil penalty settlement. Sunbeam Products d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions (Sunbeam or the Company) has agreed to pay a $4.5 million civil...more

Third Child Injury Fatality from Recalled IKEA Product

Personal injury lawyers discuss a third child injury death that resulted from dangerous IKEA furniture. It is important to abide by recalls and to take steps to prevent child injuries....more

CPSC Announces Civil Penalty against Teavana; Commissioners Remain Divided on Civil Penalty Enforcement, Calculations, and...

On May 26, 2016 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced through a Record of Commission Action (“RCA”) that Teavana Corporation (“Teavana”) has agreed to pay a $3.75 million civil penalty to resolve...more

TSCA Reform: An Analysis of Key Provisions and Fundamental Shifts in the Amended TSCA

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) makes important changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that result in fundamental shifts in the requirements and approach under the...more

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