CPSC Risks Alienating Industry With Litigation Strategy

Law360, New York (March 22, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT) -- In an effort to force companies to recall potentially hazardous products, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has become more willing to wield complaints as a weapon, a shift in philosophy that attorneys say risks souring the agency’s otherwise solid relationship with industry.

The CPSC launched administrative complaints against two magnet set makers last summer — including Maxfield & Oberton Holdings LLC, the manufacturer of Buckyballs — after they refused to recall their products at the agency's request. Children and teenagers were reportedly severely injured after...
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