January 25, 2018 - CPSC, Consumer Products

Nomination of a New Chairman at the CPSC

With the start of the new year, President Trump again nominated Republican Ann Marie Buerkle to chair the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Her expected confirmation will continue to push the CPSC in a more corporate-friendly direction that focuses on consensus building …›

Connected Devices Bring New Product Liability Challenges

“My Google Home Mini was inadvertently spying on me 24/7 due to a hardware flaw,” wrote a tech blogger who purchased Google Inc.’s latest internet of things (IoT) device. Following the incident, a pact of consumer advocacy groups insisted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall the …›

Fortune Favors the Quick (to Report): Judge Slaps Spectrum Brands with $1.9 Million Penalty in DOJ/CPSC Tag-Team Enforcement Action

A federal district court in Wisconsin recently hit Spectrum Brands Inc. (Spectrum) with civil penalties of $1.9 million for violations of the Consumer Products Safety Act (CPSA).[1]  The court’s 23-page opinion is a strong reminder of how devastating the impact can be for waiting …›

October 5, 2017 - CPSC

Buerkle Poised to Take Her Seat

On October 4, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved Ann Marie Buerkle’s (R-NY) nomination to the position of Chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after a two-day hearing.  Acting Chairman Buerkle’s nomination to another seven-year term as a …›

CPSC Heating Up Before New Commissioner Appointed: Approves a Petition for Rulemaking to Ban an Entire Class of Flame-Retardants

In a split across party lines, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or the “Commission”) recently voted on a largely unprecedented course of action: to ban an entire class of chemicals from popular consumer products.  Specifically, CPSC adopted a petition for rulemaking that …›

September 22, 2017 - CPSC

Trump to Nominate New Commissioner to CPSC

President Trump announced yesterday his intent to nominate Jones Day partner Dana Baiocco to the position of Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for a 7-year term starting next month. She will replace Obama-appointed Commissioner Marietta Robinson. As we had predicted, the …›

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 specified additives do not contain concentrations above 0.1% of the phthalates prohibited in children’s …›

August 1, 2017 - CPSC

Trump Nominates Buerkle as Permanent CPSC Chair

On July 24, 2017, the White House announced President Trump’s intent to nominate Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) as the next Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for a seven year term beginning October 27, 2018.  She currently serves as a Commissioner at …›

July 27, 2017 - CPSC, Product Liability

Shift In CPSC Leadership Means More Changes To Come

At the midpoint of 2017, we look back on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s activity under the new administration, including how recalls and penalties stack up against previous years, new focal points for safety initiatives and enforcement and an interesting development from the …›