CPSC Bias About Magnet Safety Gets Recall Order Tossed

Law360 (June 12, 2018, 7:03 PM EDT) -- A Colorado federal judge on Monday vacated an October order by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalling Zen Magnets LLC’s spherical magnets over safety concerns, finding that at least one of the commissioners was biased.

U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson said Commissioner Robert S. Adler made a statement in 2014 that the magnets would continue to put children at risk of “debilitating harm or death” regardless of Zen’s warnings or attempts to market them specifically to adults, demonstrating that he would not even consider the possibility that the company could reduce the risk of injury.

“Commissioner Adler’s statement indicates...

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