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HTMLCPSC Focusing on Three Areas for Reduction of CPSIA Testing Burdens
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 19, 2014
At their April Senate confirmation hearing, both incoming CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Joe Mohorovic pledged to Senator John Thune (R-SD) to submit plans for reducing third party testing burdens within 60 days of confirmation. Rather than send separate plans, Kaye and Mohorovic...

 

HTMLUpdate: Anti-Tire Aging Legislation in Massachusetts
Robert D. Sullivan; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 8, 2014, previously published on May 20, 2014
Our February 18, 2014 blog, Massachusetts, Where Only Young Rubber Hits the Road, covered An Act to Increase Road Safety, proposed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives, which was assigned bill tracking number H3016. The Act would require issuance of a rejection certificate for any vehicle...

 

HTMLSocial Media as a Risk Management Tool?
Thomas M. DeMicco; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 8, 2014, previously published on May 1, 2014
I recently read an article titled “When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue,” written by Stephanie Strom of the New York Times, that reported an interesting change in the way manufacturers are dealing with consumers and using social media as a risk management...

 

HTMLCPSC Clarifies Changes to Monthly Recall Report Form
Matthew Cohen, Matthew R. Howsare, Charles A. Samuels; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 20, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014
In May, we advised readers conducting recalls that the CPSC’snew monthly “recall progress report” form may catch you by surprise. Among other changes, the form included new provisions requesting companies to report recall notification statistics on social media platforms like...

 

HTMLTwo Deaths Prompt Bean Bag Recall
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 19, 2014, previously published on September 30, 2014
Ace Bayou Corp., of New Orleans, La., announced the voluntary recall of about 2.2 million bean bag chairs following the deaths of two children. A 13-year old boy from McKinney, Texas died and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Ky. died after suffocating from lack of air and inhaling the chair's foam...

 

HTMLCargo Net Playgrounds Pose Strangulation Hazard
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 19, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges parents to check outdoor play equipment with a cargo net feature before allowing children to play. Some nets have openings with a perimeter length of between 17-28 inches which could allow a child's head to pass through it causing head entrapment...

 

HTMLProduct Safety Update from Capitol Hill (Part Three)
Matthew Cohen; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 10, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014
Earlier this year, we began a series of blog entries to update our readers on legislative efforts on Capitol Hill that affect stakeholders within the product safety arena. Over the summer, we updated you on an amendment to an appropriations bill passed in the House of Representatives that would...

 

HTMLCPSC Gets it Right: Unanimously Regulates High-Powered Magnet Sets Through New Safety Standard
Matthew Cohen, Matthew R. Howsare, Charles A. Samuels; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 10, 2014, previously published on September 25, 2014
We do not typically take positions on product specific issues pending before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), but the CPSC’s new safety standard for magnet sets demonstrates both why the agency exists and how it can use its regulatory authority to protect...

 

HTMLGround Black Pepper Recalled Nationwide
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 30, 2014, previously published on September 21, 2014
Gel Spice Company of Bayonne, New Jersey, has voluntarily recalled 16,443 cases of Fresh Finds-Ground Black Pepper due to a possible Salmonella risk. The recall came as a response to samples taken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which revealed the finished product contained the bacteria.

 

HTMLArtificial Sweeteners Shown to Cause Blood Sugar Issues
Jennifer L. Keel; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 30, 2014, previously published on September 21, 2014
Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have recently released the results of a study showing how artificial sweeteners can increase blood-sugar levels. Data revealed in mice and some human models showed the way these substances interact with bacteria in the gut could be harmful.

 


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