Following the recent enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
of 2008, companies involved in the importation, manufacture and sale of consumer products in the United States face a wide range of new challenges and regulatory requirements as well as greater exposure for failing to meet those requirements. Among other things, the Act:

  • Imposes new product testing and certification requirements on consumer products,
  • Prohibits retail sale of a recalled product after the recall is publicly announced,
  • Directs the Consumer Product Safety Commission to create a searchable database containing certain reports of death or injury related to use of consumer products,
  • Enhances the authority of State Attorneys General to bring enforcement actions derived from the federal law, and
  • Increases the civil and criminal penalties for violations.

Please join Mayer Brown partners Erika Jones, Jean-Philippe Montfort and Michael Olsen as they examine the new Act, with discussion focusing on:

  • Areas of uncertainty and new obligations under the new legislation
  • Ways in which companies can begin to manage the new obligations, integrate them with the responsibilities under the existing laws and manage the risks arising out of the legislation
  • Increased public, media and regulatory scrutiny of consumer products and recalls of such products
  • Potential ramifications for litigation against companies in the consumer products industry, as well as on products sold globally


Erika Jones - Washington, DC
Jean-Philippe Montfort - Brussels
Michael Olsen - Chicago

CLE credit is pending.

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