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CPSC Issues Final Rule Expanding Phthalate Ban

Nearly ten years after the first three phthalates were banned from children’s toys by Congress, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a final rule on October 27 prohibiting five more. The rule bans the...more

The Internet of Toys: Legal and Privacy Issues with Connected Toys

by Dickinson Wright on

Most people have heard of the Internet of Things, or IoT. With the holidays fast approaching, and with the onslaught of new smart and Internet-connected smart toys, for parents and toy manufacturers, at least for the next few...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | December 2017

Subway Sweepstakes Ads Lacked Adequate Disclosures, CARU Finds - After reviewing an ad for Subway’s “Fresh Fit for Kid’s Meal” featuring premium toys and offering a sweepstakes for a tablet, the Children’s Advertising...more

Arbitration Award For Cabbage Patch Kids Is Confirmed

What could be a better subject for a Black Friday weekend post than the Cabbage Patch Kids??! Especially if you are old enough to remember the 1980s… Whether you loved or hated the smushed-face dolls, the point of this post...more

Don’t Play Around With Disclosures, CARU Tells Toy Channel

In a recent decision, the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) called for more prominent disclosures of ad content on a child-directed YouTube channel....more

FTC’s New COPPA Guidance on Recording Children’s Voices: Five Tips for App Developers and Toymakers to Comply

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission on October 23, 2017, provided guidance on how it will enforce the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) with respect to audio recordings of children. This comes as part of a wave of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Big news out of Uber this weekend, where the company and its board resolved outstanding issues with Travis Kalanick in order to finalize a deal in which a SoftBank-led consortium of investors will buy up about $1 billion of...more

Toy Website Can’t Play Around With COPPA

In considering a toy website’s online promotion, the Children’s Advertising Review Unit recommended that the company improve its privacy practices in order to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)...more

Protecting Kids' Information Under the COPPA Cabana

In August 2017, Disney and three of its software developer vendors were sued in a class action in California in which it was alleged that Disney collected children’s information in violation of the Children's Online Privacy...more

CPSC Final Rule Prohibits Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles that Contain Specified Phthalates, Removes Interim Prohibition...

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 27, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a final rule prohibiting children’s toys and child care articles that contain specified phthalates. The rule caps off almost a decade of effort...more

CPSC Expands Phthalate Restrictions in Toys and Child Care Articles

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to expand existing phthalate restrictions in children’s toys and child care articles. ...more

Toys “R” Us Files for Chapter 11

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 18, 2017, the iconic US-based retailer Toys “R” Us filed for Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in front of Judge Keith L. Phillips. The company filed twenty-five entities,...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot – Plastics and Penalties

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Welcome to the September edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. Last month, the CPSC announced a nearly $6 million civil penalty against a U.S. retailer for selling recalled products. According to the civil...more

Third-Party Testing of Children's Products for Phthalates No Longer Required for Certain Plastics

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), by unanimous vote, has approved a final rule providing that seven plastics in children’s toys and child care articles will no longer require third-party testing because...more

Hello, Dolly: What You Need to Know About Connected Smart Toys and Privacy

As connected devices become ubiquitous, it comes as no surprise that interactive toys that connect to the internet are more popular than ever. At the same time, regulators have taken note of the privacy and security concerns...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Dealbook’s Street Scene column suggests that Wells Fargo would do well to forget about perceptions and start getting down to the hard business of fixing the “appalling behavior” that’s behind the ugly series of scandals that...more

CPSC Removes Third-Party Testing Requirements for Children’s Products with Certain Plastics

In a unanimous vote, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) eliminated third-party testing for compliance with CPSC’s phthalates prohibitions for seven plastics. The Commission decided that these plastics with...more

Under The 2EA: TTAB Holds Little Mermaid Merely Descriptive For Dolls

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

In a precedential decision in In re United Trademark Holdings, Inc, Serial 86836082 (June 13 2017), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has held that LITTLE MERMAID used in connection with “dolls” in Class 28 is...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - July 2017

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine new privacy laws in Germany, an FTC settlement with an alleged consumer loan company over unfair and deceptive practices, the dismissal of a data...more

FTC and FBI Issue Compliance Reminder on Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act

by Morgan Lewis on

A recent update of the FTC’s COPPA compliance plan for businesses focuses on internet-connected toys and devices aimed at children; FBI issues a Public Service Announcement with a similar focus....more

Regulating the Internet of Toys

by McDermott Will & Emery on

New technologies and the expansion of the Internet of Things have allowed children of this generation to experience seamless interactive technologies through microphones, GPS devices, speech recognition, sensors, cameras and...more

Keeping Up with Cayla: Concerns over Interactive Toys Spur an FTC Update of COPPA Guidelines

“Pleeeease?!” Buying a quick gift or giving in to your child’s pleas for a new toy is quickly becoming a more serious decision. In the age where toys can happily entertain kids by talking to them, the few precious moments...more

FBI Issues Warning about Internet-Connected Toys

We previously reported about the microphone and video capabilities of Echo technology. The FBI is also concerned about this technology being used in toys that are connected to the Internet....more

VTech Escapes Class Action Case Over Breach of 11 Million Toy Users’ Information

In November 2015, VTech Electonics North America LLC (VTech) announced that an unauthorized party infiltrated its network and gained access to the personal information of 5 million adults and 6.5 million children through its...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: The New Norm in Civil Penalties and Fidget Spinners in the Crosshairs

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Welcome to the June edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. Earlier this month, the CPSC announced a $5.2 million civil penalty against a recreational vehicle manufacturer for alleged “failure to report...more

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