CPSC Refuses To Neuter Product Info Disclosure Proposal

Law360, New York (February 12, 2014, 4:59 PM EST) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday largely preserved a controversial proposal to relax restrictions on its ability to publish product information without first notifying manufacturers, rejecting amendments proposed by a commissioner who argued the planned changes exceed the commission's authority.

Republican commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle argued in a hearing Wednesday that the agency does not have the authority to make changes to the Section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act, claiming the commission's proposal "substantively" alters the statute. The section broadly requires the CPSC to give companies at least 15 days' notice before publishing information that could identify...

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