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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

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

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

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 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

2016 Emerging Issues in the Children's Products Industry

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

CPSC Recall Snapshot: Year in Review

Welcome to the Alston & Bird 2015 CPSC Recall Snapshot Year in Review. 2015 saw a significant increase in activity at the CPSC. Although the number and product-type for recalls in 2015 were substantially similar to...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: CPSC Goes International

Welcome to the December edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. In November, the CPSC, Health Canada and Mexico’s Consumer Protection Federal Agency (PROFECO) held their Third North America Consumer Product...more

Over 1 Million Bicycles Recalled Over Safety Defect

Personal injury attorneys discuss recent recall of more than one million bicycles nationwide. It is important for consumers to heed recalls to prevent accidents and injuries....more

CPSC Recall Snapshot

Earlier this month, the CPSC’s Office of the General Counsel sent the CPSC a proposal for a safety standard for highchairs under the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: Should Repair Programs Be Called Recalls?

Welcome to the August edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. This past month, the CPSC announced the offering of free repair kits for children’s and adult chests and dressers. Interestingly, the CPSC did not...more

How Retailers Can Stay Out of Trouble with the CPSC this Holiday Season

Right along with tinsel and eggnog, the annual list of dangerous toys and products issued by consumer watchdogs has become a holiday tradition. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is also watching for potentially...more

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls DaVinci Brand Cribs

Is your baby’s crib safe for use? Every year, products intended for children are recalled because of potential hazards. In many cases, numerous child injuries occur before a dangerous product is removed from store shelves....more

CPSC Major ‘Repair Program’ Is Not Labeled A ‘Recall’

On July 22, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and major furniture company IKEA jointly announced a “repair program” to address the serious and complex hazard of furniture tip-over posed by 27 million chests...more

Shifting CPSC Recall Landscape? Agency Announces Major “Repair Program” that is not Labeled a “Recall”

Yesterday the CPSC and major furniture company IKEA jointly announced a “repair program” to address the serious and complex hazard of furniture tip over posed by 27 million chests and dressers sold by the company. The repair...more

What is CPSC’s Fast Track Recall Program and When Should Companies Utilize It?

So what is the CPSC’s “fast track recall” program and what is the benefit of participating in it? What is a “stop sale notice” and why does the CPSC generally request it for fast track recalls? What else is required by the...more

Product Recall Trends in 2015

What are the latest trends on product recalls in the United States? Consumer Products. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has been proactive in recent years with consumer product regulations and recalls,...more

Recall, Enforce, Repeat! CPSC and DOJ Team Up for Another Enforcement Action

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) continues to escalate its enforcement efforts. Last week, the United States Department of Justice, on behalf of CPSC, filed suit against Spectrum Brands, Inc....more

CPSC Files Suit for Second Time in Three Months against a Company for Alleged Failure to Timely Report Defective Product

On Wednesday of last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that a complaint has been filed in federal court against Spectrum Brands, Inc. (Spectrum). Notably, this is...more

Settlement for Late Product Defect Reporting

Black & Decker Agrees to Pay $1.6 Million Penalty - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Department of Justice recently agreed to a $1.58 million settlement from Black & Decker surrounding...more

CPSC Bumps Up Litigation Strategies Another Notch

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) continues its increased willingness to use litigation as a tool when targeted companies disagree with the CPSC’s position, recently initiating two lawsuits seeking civil...more

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