Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

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The Continuing Saga Surrounding Magnet Sets: Proof of the CPSC's Determination to Eradicate Hazards to Children

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has made it very clear over the last several years that it takes hazards associated with rare earth magnet sets very seriously, primarily because the hazards affect children. Rare...more

What is CPSC’s Statute of Limitations for Civil Penalties? That’s a Gabelli Question

After filing a Section 15(b) report and conducting a recall with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), it is not uncommon for a company to wonder whether it timely filed its report under the Consumer Product Safety...more

Product Regulations: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - and Could Destroy Your Business

What do the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have in common? Each is, of...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: April 2016

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

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

CPSC Definitely Not Zen About High-Powered Magnets

The last weeks of March brought us two interesting and seemingly contradictory opinions that show the many tools the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has at its disposal to enforce its own regulations. These orders...more

Zen Magnets Claims “90% Victory” Against CPSC in Magnet Recall Litigation

On March 25, 2016, Administrative Law Judge Dean Metry found that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) case counsel did not prove that high powered, small rare earth magnets (“SREMs”) (1) are defective as sold...more

OSTP Blog Item Notes Recent Reports Highlighting Continued Federal Commitment To NanoEHS

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) posted on April 11, 2016, a blog item, authored by Lloyd Whitman, OSTP, and Dr. Treye Thomas, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), entitled “Supporting Responsible...more

Computer Recall Due to Battery Overheating - Risk of Consumer Injury from Overheating Toshiba Lithium-Ion Batteries

Personal injury lawyers discuss the recent recall of more than 100,000 Toshiba laptop computers and the serious injury risks associated with defective lithium-ion batteries....more

Definitely Not Zen – Magnets Attract Unprecedented Action from CPSC

The last weeks of March brought us two interesting and seemingly contradictory opinions that show the many tools that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has at its disposal to enforce its own regulations. These...more

Three Point Shot - March 2016

California Court to PGA Tour Caddies: You'll Get Nothing and Like It! As the full swing of the PGA season rounds the corner, and with the azaleas blooming at Augusta, the trusted confidants of golf's premier players...more

NNCO Announces Availability Of QEEN Workshop Report

On March 28, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the release of a report entitled Quantifying Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials (QEEN) from Manufactured Products: Addressing...more

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

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

Breaking: CPSC Obtains Record $15.45 Million Civil Penalty in Settlement Agreement with Gree

This morning, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it has obtained a record-breaking $15.45 million civil penalty in a settlement agreement with Gree Electric Appliances of China, Hong Kong Gree...more

New Attention to Hoverboard Dangers

Personal injury lawyers discuss the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) official notice about the dangers of hoverboards. Hoverboards can pose serious injury risks to users.]...more

CPSC Maxes Out and Obtains Record $15.45 Million Civil Penalty

Good Friday was not so good for Gree Electric Appliances, Inc., because the CPSC announced that it had reached a record-setting $15.45 million settlement with the company regarding dehumidifiers it manufactured and imported....more

Federal Court Makes No Exceptions for “Commodity Products” and Orders Zen Magnets to Stop Selling Previously Recalled Magnets

There have been many twists and turns over the past four years concerning the CPSC’s regulation of certain high powered, rare-earth magnet sets and its litigation against various entities selling these magnets. In the latest...more

CPSC Pledges Higher Penalties

Earlier this month, CPSC Chair Elliot Kaye told regulators, industry, and lawyers about the CPSC’s priorities for the coming year. At the top of the list were increased civil penalties for failure to report potentially...more

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

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

Rules Change, and So Does CPSC’s Involvement in the Development of Voluntary Standards

Ever heard of “voluntary” safety standards? Voluntary or not, they’re a big deal. The technical term is “voluntary consensus safety standards” or “non-government consensus standards,” and they may guide the design of your...more

CPSC Representatives Lay Out Active Agenda

At the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) conference in D.C. last week, Chairman Elliot Kaye and other CPSC representatives raised eyebrows with an active agenda, which included proposed...more

Hoverboards and Head Injuries

Over the past several years, hoverboards have become extremely popular mobile devices, especially with people between 20 and 30 years old. In 2015, these self-balancing scooters with motors powered by lithium-ion batteries...more

CPSC Makes the Right Move: Eliminates Need to Certify Compliance with Flammability Standards for “Inherently Safe” Adult Clothing

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is giving some manufacturers and importers of adult clothing a break: eliminating the requirement that they issue certificates of compliance for fabrics that have already been...more

CPSC Adopts Mohorovic’s $250 Million Burden Relief Proposal for Adult Apparel

Earlier today, the CPSC unanimously agreed to publish in the Federal Register a new enforcement policy proposed by Commissioner Joe Mohorovic regarding the certification of certain adult wearing apparel...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: February 2016

Welcome to the February edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. This month, the CPSC, along with the EPA and CDC/ATSDR, launched a multi-agency action plan to study environmental human health questions...more

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