When Computer Keyboards Become Pesticides

Law360, New York (October 5, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT) -- Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency settled another administrative enforcement case involving a consumer electronic product: This one was for $261,000 with Logitech Inc., for marketing a computer keyboard as a pesticide.

Logitech marketed a wireless keyboard incorporating an antimicrobial compound to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew. Because bacteria and fungi are “pests” pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (“FIFRA”), and because the keyboard was marketed with antimicrobial claims, the EPA took the position that the keyboard itself became...
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