Restructuring Import Contracts For Chinese Goods

Law360, New York (February 13, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- “Chinese Tires Recalled.” “ Chinese Toy Scare.” “More Deaths from Pet Food Likely.” These troubling headlines, which are invariably succeeded by lawsuits, allege defects associated with the domestic sales of products manufactured in China.

Not surprisingly, plaintiffs are not suing the Chinese manufacturers, but rather the U.S. importers and distributors. Also, because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) lack the authority to force Chinese companies to recall such products, the recall burden...
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