CPSC Initiates Rulemaking to Ban Some Flame Retardants


In 2015, a group of consumer groups filed a petition with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) seeking to ban under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act the use of non-polymeric organohalogen flame retardants (“ORF”) from children’s products, furniture, mattresses and cases surrounding electronics.
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Third-Party Testing of Children's Products for Phthalates No Longer Required for Certain Plastics


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 they do not exceed limits on phthalates.
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Dana Baiocco Nominated to Replace CPSC Commissioner Robinson


On September 21, 2017, President Trump nominated Dana Baiocco to replace Commissioner Marietta S. Robinson when her term at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) expires on October 26.
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Home Depot Agrees to $5.7 Million Civil Penalty to Settle Allegations it Sold Recalled Products


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced on August 29 it has provisionally agreed with Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. to a $5.7 million settlement of allegations that the retailer unlawfully sold recalled products over a four year period.
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Impact of the FOIA Amendments on your Company


For those of you who have received a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) notice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC” or “Commission”) within the past year, you may – or worse, may not – have noticed new disclosure language.
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Commissioner Buerkle Nominated as Permanent Chair of CPSC


On July 25, 2017, President Trump announced that he would nominate Acting Chairman Buerkle to be the permanent Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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The CPSC Is Asking for Comments on Reducing Regulatory Burdens


The CPSC has announced it is seeking “suggestions for ways the Commission could potentially reduce burdens and costs of its existing rules, regulations, or practices without harming consumers.”
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Recall Progress Reports and Coming Changes


For those of you who have recently conducted a recall, you may have noticed that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has been paying more attention to monthly progress reports on the status of recalls.
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2016 – Already a Record Year for CPSC Civil Penalty Settlements


At only the halfway point in 2016, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC” or the “Commission”) has already broken last year’s record for total amount of civil penalties.
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CPSC Civil Penalty Update


With the 2015 calendar year almost ¾ over, it seems like a good time to take a look at the civil penalties issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) this year so far, and to compare them to prior years.
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