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Dehumidifier Case Offers Guidance On CPSA Compliance

Law360 (May 31, 2019, 4:18 PM EDT) -- On March 28, 2019, a federal grand jury indicted two executives for failing to timely report that the dehumidifiers their companies imported and distributed were known to catch fire. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, this is the “first-ever criminal prosecution for failure to report under the Consumer Product Safety Act.”[1]

Under the Consumer Product Safety Act, every manufacturer, importer or distributor of a consumer product in the United States is obligated to advise the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission immediately if it “obtains information which reasonably supports the conclusion that such product ... contains a defect which could create...

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