Companies Fear CPSC's New Transparency Will Fuel Lawsuits

Law360, New York (February 19, 2014, 7:47 PM EST) -- In a break from its more collaborative tradition, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is proposing to release product information without first warning manufacturers — a move defense attorneys say will discourage companies from sharing details they fear would only feed plaintiffs attorneys on the hunt for damaging material.

Under its proposal, the CPSC will no longer need to renotify companies before sharing product information the agency has previously disclosed. Companies worry this will allow plaintiffs attorneys to seek the information under the Freedom of Information...
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