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CPSC Civil Penalties: A Divide Along Party Lines

Law360, New York (June 14, 2016, 1:23 PM EDT) -- Matthew R. Howsare

Matthew Cohen

Charles A. Samuels This past March, while speaking at a Consumer Federation of America luncheon, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot Kaye stated that he “was pleased to announce” that the agency had secured a $15.45 million civil penalty. Commissioner Joe Mohorovic, who voted in favor of the penalty, issued a statement expressing reservations that “too few of the compelling facts” were reflected in the public facing settlement documents for the regulated community to draw conclusions and lessons.

He has since issued two strongly worded dissents raising concerns about the overall transparency of the civil...

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