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Just in Time for Thanksgiving: Britax Settlement Signals Common-Sense Thinking at CPSC

At this time of year, we celebrate blessings large and small. For product sellers, consumers, and others who are interested in both product safety and the administrative process, the new make-up of the CPSC is one of those blessings worth celebratin…
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New Leadership Sets New Direction at CPSC

Earlier this week, the United States Senate confirmed Peter Feldman to be a CPSC commissioner, to fill the seat vacated by Joe Mohorovic. Mr. Feldman’s term runs through 2019 and he also has been nominated for a full seven year term to begin therea…
Categories: CPSC

Groundhog Day at the CPSC

In the 1993 classic movie, Groundhog Day, the protagonist is caught in a time loop and forced to repeat things over and over again.  This year, on February 2, the CPSC celebrated Groundhog Day by agreeing to settle a timeliness action brought agains…

CPSC: The Price of Hubris

Late last week, the CPSC community received one of its rarest gifts: A judicial opinion in a litigated civil penalty case. Judge William Conley of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin calculated the penalty Spectrum Brands ow…

Employment Law: Title VII Protects LGBTs From Discrimination, Says 7th Circuit

In a ground-breaking ruling this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled in an en banc opinion that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation.  In Hively v. Ivy Tech…

Good Grammar Matters Under the Law

I have been accused by my children of being a “Grammar Nazi.”  After years of haranguing, they know better than to end a sentence with a preposition in my presence (and, hopefully, when I am not around).  Another of my pet peeves is the common…

Splitting Headaches for Slack-Fill Plaintiffs

“Take two Advil® and don’t call me in the morning.” That might be the “prescription” that lawyers at a New York plaintiffs’ firm gave to their clients after reviewing an October 18, 2016, decision by Senior District Court Judge Sterling…

Saying It’s a Recall Doesn’t Make It So

With the CPSC’s blessing, a large furniture company recently sent out wall anchors for its children’s dressers to address a tipping hazard and the accompanying CPSC press release did not refer to the activity as a recall. Subsequently a child was…

Killer Coffee Mugs?! Really?!

By former CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord Did anyone else notice CPSC’s recent recall of ceramic mugs?  The agency is concerned about 4400 mugs with hairline cracks.  The hazard is not that they could break and cut the user, or that there could be…

How Much Rain Has Fallen In Texas?

In the month of May, Texas received over 35 trillion gallons of rain.  See the graphic, below, to put that into perspective. Many prayers were answered as we went from extreme drought to an overabundance of rainfall.  Truly a blessing!  It is much…

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