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Breaking: Republican Commissioner Mohorovic Departing the CPSC; Acting Chairman Buerkle Now Sole Republican in 3-1 Democratic Majority

Posted in Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

This morning at the CPSC’s public hearing Commissioner Joe Mohorovic announced that he would be resigning from his position as a Commissioner, effective Friday, October 20th. Mohorovic announced that he would be joining the law firm Dentons. While Acting Chairman Buerkle remains at the helm of the agency, Mohorovic’s absence will mean an unprecedented Democratic… Continue Reading

CPSC Round-Up: Buerkle Confirmation Hearing, Landmark Civil Penalty Ruling, and Partisan Action on Flame Retardants

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Civil Penalties

Over the past few weeks, there have been many key goings-on related to the CPSC and its Commissioners. Chairman Buerkle’s Confirmation Hearing and Committee Vote First, on September 27, 2017, Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle sat for a confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. At the beginning of the hearing,… Continue Reading

Seasoned Litigator Nominated to Replace Commissioner Robinson and Establish Republican Majority at CPSC

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Today, President Trump announced his nomination of Dana Baiocco to be a Republican Commissioner on the Consumer Product Safety Commission. If confirmed, Ms. Baiocco would take the seat of Commissioner Robinson, whose term expires on October 26, 2017. Baiocco is a well-known litigator and partner at Jones Day in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also familiar… Continue Reading

President Trump Nominates Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle as Permanent Chairman of the CPSC

Posted in Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Today, President Donald Trump officially announced his intent to nominate Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle to be the permanent Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Her new seven year term will begin on October 27, 2018 when her first term is set to expire. If confirmed, she will become the permanent Chairman immediately and… Continue Reading

CPSC to Host Recall Effectiveness Workshop; Commissioner Kaye Issues Recall Effectiveness Statement

Posted in Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Product Recalls, Voluntary Recalls

On July 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM, the Consumer Product Safety Commission will be hosting a public workshop on Recall Effectiveness. The workshop, to be held in the Hearing Room at CPSC Headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, is intended to allow consumer safety professionals and the CPSC staff to discuss ways to improve the effectiveness of recalls…. Continue Reading

CPSC Begins Transition: Ann Marie Buerkle is Now the Acting Chairman of the Agency

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)

This morning it was announced internally at the CPSC that Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle has become the Acting Chairman of the agency. The CPSC has not yet released a statement concerning the transition of the chairmanship from Elliot Kaye to Ann Marie Buerkle, but we have confirmed the change in leadership with multiple sources inside the… Continue Reading

BREAKING: COURT RULES POSITIVELY FOR CPSC IN FEDERAL CIVIL PENALTY CASE AGAINST SPECTRUM BRANDS

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Civil Penalties, CPSC Enforcement Actions, CPSC Product Recalls, Federal Regulations, Litigation

We do not get many court decisions in the CPSC world, but yesterday we received one.  Last evening, a Wisconsin federal district court essentially held in the Government’s case against Spectrum Brands, Inc. (Spectrum) that (1) Spectrum failed to timely report defective coffee pots in violation of Section 15(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act… Continue Reading

CPSC in a Post-Election Government: Restraint and Moderation Are Required by All Sides

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), Federal Regulations, State Consumer Protection Laws, State Product Safety Laws, U.S. Congress

We have had a huge election result, perhaps the most significant in our lifetime, potentially even exceeding what was called the Reagan Revolution.  It is critical, particularly for anybody from Washington DC, to have a great deal of modesty and humility in prognosticating the future under the Trump administration even in the CPSC world.  We… Continue Reading

CPSC Sends Another Shot Across the Bow of Retailers with $3.8 Million Civil Penalty Against Best Buy for the Sale of Recalled Products

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Civil Penalties, CPSC Enforcement Actions, Retailer Product Safety, Supply Chain Risk Management

On Tuesday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Best Buy Co., Inc. entered into a settlement agreement with the CPSC to pay a $3.8 million civil penalty to resolve allegations that it “knowingly sold, offered for sale, and distributed in commerce recalled consumer products.”  This civil penalty is significant because the alleged… Continue Reading

Hot CPSC Jurisdictional Issues: Does the CPSC Have Regulatory Authority Over Amusement Park Rides and Guns?

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Product Recalls, Federal Regulations, State Product Safety Laws, State Regulations, U.S. Congress

In the wake of two tragic amusement park ride accidents in Kansas and Tennessee, and the ongoing political debate in America over gun safety issues, we felt it timely to help answer a question that continues to be asked in the media: does the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have the authority to address… Continue Reading

E-Cigarette Makers Contending with New CPSC and FDA Regulations

Posted in Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), Federal Regulations, Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Products like e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) have been under intense scrutiny in recent years from public health officials, legislators at all levels of government, and many other interested parties, including dozens of plaintiffs in lawsuits stemming from battery explosions and other injuries.  Newly enacted Federal requirements for ENDS and their components and parts… Continue Reading

CPSC Chairman Kaye and Commissioner Adler: Current Civil Penalties Approach Works

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Civil Penalties, CPSC Enforcement Actions, Federal Regulations, Litigation, U.S. Congress

Yesterday, CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Robert Adler issued a lengthy joint statement vigorously defending the Commission’s current approach to civil penalties against various criticisms voiced by Commissioners Joe Mohorovic and Ann Marie Buerkle as well as stakeholders in the business community.  Their overarching message: such criticisms are without merit and are, in reality, a call for lesser penalties; there will be no change… Continue Reading

Chuck Samuels, Mintz’s Product Safety Regulatory Co-Chair, Provides Testimony to CPSC at Annual Priorities Hearing

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Civil Penalties

On June 15, Chuck Samuels, Co-Chair of Mintz Levin’s Consumer Product Safety Regulatory Practice Group, provided testimony to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) at the Commission’s Meeting on its Agenda and Priorities for FY 2017 and 2018.  Chuck’s testimony focused on the Commission’s increasing imposition of heightened civil penalties for alleged violations of… Continue Reading

Massive CPSC Recall Leaked to the Press by “CPSC Source” Prior to Official Agency Announcement

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Enforcement Actions, CPSC Product Recalls, Federal Regulations

Today the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) and Health Canada announced a massive joint recall with IKEA involving over 35 million pieces of furniture that can pose a tip over hazard to small children. While we would normally write about the recall itself, a troubling development has caught our attention.  A CPSC employee prematurely… Continue Reading

CPSC Civil Penalties: A Divide Along Party Lines

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Civil Penalties, CPSC Enforcement Actions, Litigation, U.S. Congress

This article originally appeared on Law360 on June 14, 2016 and provides additional analysis to our prior posts on civil penalties. This past March, while speaking at a Consumer Federation of America luncheon, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot Kaye stated that he “was pleased to announce” that the agency had secured a $15.45 million civil penalty. Commissioner Joe Mohorovic,… Continue Reading

CPSC Reaches Second Civil Penalty Agreement in As Many Weeks; Sunbeam Products to Pay $4.5 Million to Resolve Late Reporting Allegations

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Civil Penalties, CPSC Enforcement Actions, Federal Regulations, Litigation

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is set to announce yet another civil penalty settlement.  Sunbeam Products d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions (Sunbeam or the Company) has agreed to pay a $4.5 million civil penalty to resolve charges that it knowingly failed to immediately report certain defects and an unreasonably risk of serious injury involving… Continue Reading

CPSC Announces Civil Penalty against Teavana; Commissioners Remain Divided on Civil Penalty Enforcement, Calculations, and Transparency

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Civil Penalties, CPSC Enforcement Actions, Litigation, U.S. Congress

On May 26, 2016 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced through a Record of Commission Action (“RCA”) that Teavana Corporation (“Teavana”) has agreed to pay a $3.75 million civil penalty to resolve charges that it knowingly failed to immediately report that certain glass tea tumblers could “explode, shatter or break during normal use.” … Continue Reading

When Does A CPSC Late Reporting Violation First Accrue?

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), CPSC Civil Penalties, CPSC Enforcement Actions, CPSC Product Recalls, Litigation, Product Liability

This article originally appeared on Law360 on May 12, 2016 and provides additional analysis to our prior post on this subject. After filing a Section 15(b) report and conducting a recall with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), companies frequently ponder whether the CPSC believes the company timely filed its report under Section 15(b) of… Continue Reading

CPSC Chairman Vows that Every CPSC Voluntary Corrective Action Will Be Called a “Recall”

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Enforcement Actions, CPSC Product Recalls, Voluntary Recalls

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye announced in a meeting with consumer advocates that the agency will never again allow a company conducting a voluntary corrective action to call it anything other than a “recall.”  Last year, after the announcement of a joint CPSC-IKEA “repair program” to address a furniture tip-over hazard… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Civil Penalties, CPSC Enforcement Actions, Manufacturer Product Safety, Retailer Product Safety

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 Act (“CPSA”). A question sometimes asked of us is how much time must pass before the company can… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CPSC Civil Penalties, CPSC Enforcement Actions, CPSC Product Recalls, CPSC Product Recals, Federal Regulations, Litigation, Voluntary Recalls

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 by Zen Magnets (“Zen”); and (2) constitute a substantial product hazard when sold with appropriate warnings, including proper age recommendations (click… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), CPSC Civil Penalties, CPSC Enforcement Actions, Federal Regulations, Litigation

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 Electric Appliances Sales Co. of Hong Kong, and Gree USA Sales of California (Gree) over dehumidifiers sold under 13 different brand names. … Continue Reading

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

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), CPSC Civil Penalties, CPSC Enforcement Actions, CPSC Product Recalls, CPSC Product Recals, Distributors, Litigation, Supply Chain Risk Management, Voluntary Recalls

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 chapter of the magnets saga, a federal court in Colorado has permanently enjoined Zen Magnets (Zen) from selling magnets purchased… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Consumer Product Safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Regulations

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 (click here for policy-related materials and statement prepared by Commissioner Mohorovic).  Specifically, the CPSC will not require manufacturers and importers of adult apparel made of fabrics… Continue Reading