Topic Archives: Product Liability

CPSC Acting Chair Buerkle’s Priorities Include IoT and Furniture Safety

At a recent product safety conference, Ann Marie Buerkle, Acting Chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced CPSC’s priorities for 2019. These include technology—both for consumers and within the agency—as well as window coverings and furniture tipover. Buerkle surprised the audience with a stern warning that any clothing storage not complying with ...›

FDA Announces New Efforts to Combat Cybersecurity Threats in Medical Devices

FDA is tackling cybersecurity threats head-on and expects industry to do the same.  Earlier this month, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced a series of developments designed to keep pace with evolving cybersecurity threats to medical devices.  Industry should take note, as these developments detail the agency’s current expectations for companies preparing to combat future ...›

U.S. DOT Revamps Federal Guidance on Automated Vehicle Development and Rollout

Updating and building on guidance issued one year ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation published a new federal guidance document entitled Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0 (“AV 3.0”). AV 3.0, released on October 4, 2018, incorporates extensive stakeholder feedback to provide updated voluntary guidance and policy considerations regarding safety standards and ...›

New California IoT Law Requires Security for Connected Devices

When Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1906 and Senate Bill 327 into law on Friday, California took major strides toward regulating the Internet of Things, the network of internet-connected devices that includes everything from televisions and cars, to refrigerators, fitness trackers, and baby monitors.[1]  As of January 1, 2020, “reasonable security feature[s]” must be ...›

Recent California Proposition 65 Developments Go Business’s Way for a Change

Introduction It is rare for anything having to do with California’s infamous Proposition 65 warning law to be welcome news to businesses. While they do not cure Proposition 65’s ills, a dizzying flurry of recent developments that we report on below may prove an exception. California Proposes Prop 65 Regulation Stating That Chemicals in Coffee Pose No Significant ...›