Mayhem Precedes CPSC's New Safety Restrictions

Law360, New York (January 8, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has been scrambling in recent weeks to address widespread confusion about the sweeping new product safety law scheduled to take effect in February. But discrepancies between federal and state law, variations in the new standards for different chemicals and a consumer advocacy lawsuit challenging the agency's actions have only complicated matters for retailers and manufacturers affected by the regulations, lawyers say.

Under the Consumer Product Safety Improvements Act of 2008, beginning Feb. 10 — a day that is being referred...
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