CPSC Mandatory Disclosures of Potentially Dangerous Product Defects

Meeting Reporting Requirements, Leveraging Internal Compliance Programs, and Managing Future Litigation

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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This CLE course will prepare product liability counsel to meet CPSC reporting obligations for manufacturers. The panel will provide an update on recent CPSC enforcement actions, discuss options for addressing potential hazards, and explain how courts view the mandatory disclosures in product liability litigation.


The Consumer Product Safety Act requires manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers to notify (CPSC) immediately upon discovery of a potentially dangerous product defect. Failure to comply can result in huge civil fines and even criminal penalties.

Counsel can advise on developing internal reporting programs to identify potential risks and violations of CPSC requirements. Additionally, counsel must ensure that clients provide complete and timely disclosure of required information to the CPSC when a potential hazard is discovered.

CPSC disclosures can be used against a business in subsequent litigation related to the product. Attorneys must consider affirmative defenses to mitigate a client's future exposure and shield disclosure of documents submitted to the government.

Listen as our authoritative panel of products liability attorneys discusses managing compliance with CPSC mandatory reporting requirements. The panel will also review approaches for handling the discovery and reporting of a potentially dangerous product defect and looking ahead to managing future litigation regarding the product.



  1. Overview of CPSC reporting obligations
  2. CPSC enforcement and penalties
  3. Addressing potential hazards
  4. Use of Mandatory Reporting Disclosures in Future Products Liability Litigation


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the consequences for failing to comply with CPSC reporting requirements?
  • What are the current trends in CPSC enforcement?
  • How can a company develop internal reporting programs to help identify potential product risks?
  • How have courts ruled on the admissibility of mandatory CPSC disclosures in subsequent products liability litigation?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Mark N. Duvall
Mark N. Duvall

Beveridge & Diamond

His practice focuses on product regulation at the federal, state and international levels. He co-chairs the firm's...  |  Read More

Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis
Corporate Counsel
Best Buy

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