CPSIA

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Office Depot Agrees to Pay $3.4 Million CPSC Civil Penalty

On May 27th, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced that Office Depot agreed to pay a $3.4 million civil penalty for allegedly failing to report potential safety issues for two models of office chairs....more

CPSC Penalties to Increase Beyond “Cost of Doing Business”

At the end of last year, we reported that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issued $12.2 million in civil penalties in 2014, more than double the amount issued in 2013. The number of companies fined increased as...more

CPSC Proposes Additional Phthalate Restrictions

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register proposing to make more stringent a federal prohibition on phthalates in many children’s products....more

Getting the Best Medical Care: a Newsletter from Patrick Malone - December 2014

In This Issue: - Play It Safe: How To Choose The Right Toys - See It! Own It! Resist It! - Probing for Product Protection - Cross These Off Your List - Additional Resources - Excerpt from See It!...more

Looking to Litigate in Secret? Fourth Circuit Creates Hurdles for Product Manufacturers

In April, the Fourth Circuit ruled in Company Doe v. Public Citizen that a manufacturer could not hide behind a veil of secrecy even after successfully enjoining the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from publishing...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

CPSIA Architect Waxman to Retire from Congress

In some breaking news from Capitol Hill, 20-term Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) has decided not to seek re-election in 2014. As the former Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and its current Ranking...more

CPSC Receives Full Funding Request for 2014

Although the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) authorized a budget of $136.4 million for CPSC in fiscal year 2014, Congress set the CPSC’s authorization levels years before the recent budget climate took...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

Is Your Consumer Product For Children or the General Public?

As readers of this blog are well aware, classifying products as “children’s products,” as opposed to “general use products,” has important ramifications under federal and state consumer product safety laws. For example, under...more

CPSC Stakeholders Recognize Five Year Anniversary of CPSIA

This month marks the five year anniversary of the enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 into law. Commonly referred to as the “CPSIA,” the law has had a dramatic impact over the past five years on...more

New Consumer Product Safety Rules for Testing and Certification of Children's Products

On February 8, 2013, new requirements pertaining to product testing and certification for children’s products go into effect. These rules include, among other things, the following requirements...more

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