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In ordinary times, companies facing a product safety recall have numerous issues to navigate. These issues include deciding upon a remedy, mastering reverse logistics, and managing public relations.  But today, as the country deals with COVID-19, new issues have emerged for companies facing recalls—interruptions in the supply chain precluding the obtainment of replacement product, retailers

Yesterday, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Dr. Nancy Beck as Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  Dr. Beck’s nomination had been rumored amongst product safety stakeholders ever since the Washington Post profiled Dr. Beck in December and raised the likelihood of her nomination.  This nomination is significant as it will

Last week, we attended the annual conference of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO), where Robert Adler, Acting Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) addressed the conference in his capacity as interim chairman of the agency. Acting Chairman Adler began his remarks by acknowledging that he is an

Companies should have robust procedures in place so they can quickly respond to the receipt of information concerning the safety of their product(s). Last month, we posted an article about best practices for collecting safety complaint data, which focused on how to gather and save data when a consumer safety complaint comes through the

As products liability lawyers, we spend our days focused on the nature and proof of defectiveness.  The tort law recognizes limitations on claims that products have defects when there are obvious dangers and user conduct defenses (think drunk driving).  Contributory negligence, whether from failure to follow instructions or warnings, reckless behavior, or frankly, deliberate misuse

On Sept. 13, Ann Marie Buerkle, the outgoing acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and a staunch Republican, sided with Democratic commissioners Robert Adler and Elliot Kaye to elect Adler as the incoming vice-chairman of the commission. In this week’s Law360 publication, Matt Cohen provided his insights into the implications of this

It has long been said that politics makes strange bedfellows. In this case, Ann Marie Buerkle, the Acting Chairman of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, a Republican, sided with Democratic Commissioners Robert Adler and Elliot Kaye to elect Commissioner Adler as the incoming Vice-Chair of the Commission. That means Commissioner Adler

On Wednesday, Ann Marie Buerkle made a surprise announcement that she is withdrawing her nominations to serve as the Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and to serve an additional seven year term at the agency.  As noted in an earlier post, President Trump re-nominated Buerkle in January of this year

On Friday, a federal grand jury in California returned an indictment against two business executives, Simon Chu and Charley Loh, for their alleged roles in distributing defective dehumidifiers and, critically, failing to report required information to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In announcing the indictment, the U.S. Department of Justice proclaimed that this