The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008

Compliance Strategies for Manufacturers, Importers and Retailers in an Uncertain Regulatory Environment

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


Conducted on Thursday, May 21, 2009

Program Materials

This seminar will discuss the key features of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008; how the new law is impacting manufacturers, importers and retailers; and best practices for implementing the new requirements.

Description

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), signed into law in August 2008, has created considerable confusion and concern among businesses that manufacture, import and sell consumer products.

The CPSIA creates new requirements, standards and restrictions for businesses; enhances the enforcement of consumer product safety regulations; and significantly increases the maximum civil and criminal penalties for CPSIA violations.

The CPSIA standards will be implemented in phases over the next several years. Recently, a portion of the CPSIA addressing testing and certification for lead content and phthalate limits was stayed until at least February 2010. The full impact of the stay on overall CPSIA enforcement is unclear.

Listen as our panel of attorneys discusses the key features of the CPSIA; how the new law is impacting manufacturers, importers and retailers; and best practices to remain compliant in a changing regulatory environment.

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Outline

  1. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008
    1. Products covered
    2. Testing and certification requirements
    3. Increased transparency and public disclosure
    4. Increased penalties, restrictions and enforcement activities
    5. Enhanced recall authority
    6. Increased resources for Consumer Product Safety Commission
    7. Product liability impact
  2. Best practices for implementation and compliance
    1. Understand how competitors plan to comply
    2. Compliance documentation
    3. Post-sale monitoring program
  3. On the horizon
    1. Preemption
    2. Enforcement status of CPSIA
    3. Current agency guidance/interpretation
    4. State regulations

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What consumer products are covered by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA)?
  • What are the key requirements for manufacturers, importers and retailers under the CPSIA?
  • What are the potential liabilities and penalties for manufacturers, importers and retailers that fail to comply with the CPSIA's new standards?
  • What actions can the consumer product industry take to reduce the likelihood of lawsuits and penalties for noncompliance with the CPSIA?

Faculty

Paul S. Rosenlund
Paul S. Rosenlund

Partner
Duane Morris

He represents businesses in product liability litigation and counsels manufacturers, importers and retailers in recalls...  |  Read More

Peter L. Winik
Peter L. Winik

Partner
Latham & Watkins

He is Global Co-Chair of the firm's Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice Group. He concentrates in the areas of...  |  Read More

Mark R. Kaster
Mark R. Kaster

Partner
Dorsey & Whitney

He has an extensive background in health and safety matters. His practice focuses on cases involving product safety,...  |  Read More

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