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CPSC Clarifies Changes to Monthly Recall Report Form

In May, we advised readers conducting recalls that the CPSC’s new monthly “recall progress report” form may catch you by surprise. Among other changes, the form included new provisions requesting companies to report recall...more

House Appropriations Amendments Would Halt CPSC’s Voluntary Recalls Rule; Fund Testing Relief

The House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 5016, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2015, which provides funding to many different parts of the federal government for the next...more

Former CPSC Chairman Brown Expresses Concern over CPSC’s Voluntary Recalls Rule

Former CPSC Chairman Ann Brown recently sent a letter to the leaders of the CPSC’s congressional oversight committee asking for them to “urge the Commission to consider its proposed [voluntary recalls] rule carefully and to...more

The Epic Buckyballs® Saga Settles

May 2014 brought an ordinary end to a series of extraordinary events, with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) settling an unprecedented proceeding against Craig Zucker, the former CEO of Buckyballs® manufacturer...more

Check Your CAP: CPSC Releases Revised Monthly Progress Report Form for Recalls

The CPSC recently released a new monthly progress report form for companies conducting recalls with the agency. The revised form is in some respects better written than its predecessor and retains many of the old information...more

CPSC Settles Complaint Against Ex-CEO of Buckyballs and Buckycubes

On May 9, 2014, the CPSC and the maker of Buckyballs and Buckycubes settled the July 2012 administrative case brought by the CPSC alleging that these “rare earth magnets” pose a substantial product hazard. The settlement...more

Are Product Recalls Effective? Report Suggests Children’s Products Recalls Are Largely Ineffective

For most Americans, hearing news that one of our children’s products has been recalled can induce much anxiety. When we buy products for our kids, such as a car seat or a high chair, we expect that they are going to be safe...more

Recent Notable Recalls

By now most subrogation professionals understand the importance of keeping current with the frequent Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notices. For this blog post we note the following recent notable recalls for the...more

The Fitbit Recall: Is a “One Size Fits All” Approach the Most Effective Way to Remedy Potential Hazards?

Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a voluntary recall notice for the popular wireless, activity-tracking wristband Fitbit Force. Fitbit’s wristband allows consumers to monitor and measure...more

Bipartisan Letter from US Senators Casey & Toomey Joins 45 Others Critical of CPSC’s Changes to Voluntary Recalls

In a somewhat unusual development for a CPSC rulemaking, Pennsylvania Senators Robert Casey and Patrick Toomey submitted a bipartisan comment letter into the official administrative record for CPSC’s proposed voluntary...more

What Does Product Liability Mean Anyway?

Ralph Nader worked as a lawyer while he researched his 1965 book Unsafe at Any Speed. The book focused on the Chevrolet Corvair, but many of the problems he detailed, including the lack of standard seatbelts, metal dashboards...more

Buckyballs® Strike Back: Former CEO Sues CPSC

In May 2013, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) took the unprecedented step of naming Craig Zucker in an administrative complaint against Maxfield and Oberton Holdings, LLC, the manufacturer of Buckyballs®, in...more

New CPSC Proposal Would Reverse 39 Year Precedent by Making Voluntary Recall Agreements Legally Binding on Companies

Since the inception of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), voluntary recall agreements between the agency and companies conducting a recall (commonly referred to as “corrective action plans”) have not been...more

CPSC Considers Rule on Voluntary Recall Notices and Compliance Programs

The CPSC is considering whether to issue an interpretative rule (to be included as part of 16 CFR 1115) that would significantly alter the way in which voluntary recalls and corrective action plans (CAPs) are conducted. One...more

CPSC Likely to Proceed with October Hearing on Magnet Rule

This week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) will decide whether to hold a full Commission hearing to receive oral comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking on magnet set safety. If the meeting notice is...more

CPSC Approves $3.9 Million Penalty and Imposition of Compliance Program for National Retail Chain

A unanimous U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced that Ross Stores Inc. (“Ross”), a national discount retailer, agreed to pay a $3.9 million civil penalty to settle allegations that it failed to report...more

Newest Addition To CPSC’s Enforcement Toolbox

Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission obtained an unprecedented ruling when Administrative Law Judge Dean Metry granted leave to Craig Zucker in an administrative complaint against Maxfield and Oberton Holdings...more

CPSC Seeks to Hold Former CEO Responsible for Buckyballs® Recall

Last week the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) obtained an unprecedented ruling when Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Dean Metry granted leave to name Craig Zucker in an administrative complaint against Maxfield and...more

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