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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… Read More
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Saw Hearing Shows Need to Sharpen CPSC Regulatory Tools

Last week the CPSC held a hearing to address its pending proposed rule to require active injury mitigation (“AIM”) technology on table saws. In recent years, too often CPSC hearings have devolved into little more than theater, obviously intended… Read More
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Tell CPSC What You Think

One of the very positive hallmarks of the new leadership at the CPSC is a desire to hear from all interested stakeholders on how to more effectively push forward the agency’s safety mission. The agency has offered several opportunities for input, a… Read More
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Regulatory Tools Depend on the Craftsmen Who Use Them

There has been a great deal of discussion, and in some circles hand-wringing, about President Trump’s regulatory reform initiatives and how they will impact independent agencies like the CPSC.  The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIR… Read More
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Welcoming New Leadership at the CPSC

Although it took a while, new leadership has finally come to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  After a flurry of last minute activity—and a rejection of the Administration’s direction concerning new regulations—earlier this week, Elliot… Read More
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CPSC: Closing the Books on 2016

This is a time for reflection.  Looking back on the past year, it really was not a great one for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  And, sadly, many of the agency’s problems were of its own making. While many of the initiatives that… Read More
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Court to CPSC: Your Magnet Rule’s a Turkey

Zen Magnets, the tiny Colorado company that has challenged the CPSC’s actions regulating small, powerful magnets, will be having a very good Thanksgiving this year.  That is because, once again, Zen has shown it is possible to fight the federal g… Read More
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A Course Correction at the CPSC?

Wow! Last Tuesday was quite something! Throughout Washington, folks are now trying to figure out what the new Administration will mean for our country.  But so far I have not seen anything written about what the CPSC will look like going into 2017,… Read More
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How “Brexit” Will Impact Agriculture and Trade

Voters in the UK sent shockwaves rippling through the marketplace when they voted to leave the European Union. Markets don’t appreciate uncertainty and no one knows exactly how or when the “Brexit” will be executed or what trade environment wil… Read More
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CPSC: Let’s Play Penalty Roulette

Commissioner Mohorovic has just issued a thoughtful statement discussing the black hole that the Consumer Product Safety Commission calls its civil penalty policy.  This statement follows another he filed this week discussing the $4.5 million pena… Read More
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