Representation Before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
We provide experienced legal advice, guidance , and assistance with:
The CPSC has invested heavily in its import shipment targeting work with U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Detentions and inspections can have serious business implications, such as impacting the performance of contract terms requiring the delivery of goods to retailers during certain date windows. We implement strategies to minimize these risks.
Product Design & Review
We conduct product assessments and evaluation for compliance with applicable U.S. product safety standards, laws and regulations covering product design, manufacture, materials, restricted substances, warnings, labels, instruction manuals and other safety characteristics.
Product recalls present serious risks (and opportunities) for businesses. We advise companies on how and whether to report potentially defective products to the CPSC. We develop corrective action plans and conduct successful product recalls. We represent companies that are not sure if a product recall is warranted and wish to have experienced counsel on their side.
The CPSC has signaled that it expects manufacturers and importers have product safety and compliance plans in place. Staying up to date on legal and industry best practices, we assist in drafting state-of-the-art product safety and compliance plans. Having a plan and closely following to it are crucial in today's environment.
Companies must comply with federal consumer product safety requirements for a variety of consumer products, and, most notably, for children's products. With extensive regulatory experience, including authoring CPSC's Regulatory Robot, we help ensure that you stay on the right side of compliance with these often complex regulations.
Civil Penalty Investigations
We assist in defending companies from CPSC investigations alleging late reporting of product hazard or regulatory non-compliance issues. Since Congress authorized large increase in the maximum civil penalty permitted, CPSC has moved aggressively to raise the amount of money it fines companies in civil penalties.
This is a sampling of the product safety legal and consulting services we offer. Please contact us to discuss your needs.