Challenging CPSC's Database: A Victory For Companies

Law360, New York (November 19, 2012, 1:12 PM EST) -- Long before Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), companies that manufacture, distribute and sell consumer products voiced their concerns over the CPSIA’s requirement that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission create a publicly-available internet database of consumer product “reports of harm.”

Those companies and the trade associations that advocate on their behalf cautioned that notwithstanding Congress’s intent to assist consumers in establishing the database, the CPSC’s internet database would become, among other things, a forum for the dissemination of false and...
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