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23 September 2008


  • Michael A. Olsen
    T +1 312 701 7120
  • Erika Z. Jones
    T +1 202 263 3232
  • Jean-Philippe Montfort
    T +32 2 502 5517

Product Safety and Liability After the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008: What Companies Need To Know Now

Product Safety and Liability After the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008: What Companies Need To Know Now

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

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

Related Materials
Presentation Slides (PDF)
Presentation Audio (MP3)
CPSC Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Resource Site
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (PDF)

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