Posts Tagged ‘CPSC’

Unprecedented Actions: HoverBoard Industry Is Deemed Unsafe

Last Thursday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission took the unprecented step of sending a letter to all hoverboard manufacturers, importers and retailing telling them that all hoverboards are potentially unsafe.  One major manufacturer, Swagway, has also told people who own its hoverboards to quit using them until they are deemed safe. This is a shocking…

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Does the Tort System Help Reduce Crane Accidents?

The front page story of this morning’s Austin American Statesman noted that city council member Mike Martinez is proposing that the city staff study whether the city should regulate the use of cranes in the city. Given that there seem to be more cranes dotting the Austin skyline than buildings, and given the far too frequent…

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Personal Injury Law Round-Up #50

It is a great time to be in Austin. We have the Democratic primary, last night’s debate, and local appearances by the candidates. We don’t often get to participate in the process this late in the game, and certainly the Democratic party hasn’t had this much input or excitement in a long time. Add in…

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Personal Injury Law Round-Up #48

This is an abbreviated version of the personal injury law round-up. Six days of depositions in the last week and a half plus planning for my youngest’s 5th birthday party tomorrow have overwhelmed me a bit. The big tort “reform” issue this week has been contingency fees… Contingency fees are always a hot topic, but…

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Personal Injury Law Round-Up # 39

Welcome to Personal Injury Law Round-Up # 39 (and our third attempt at it). This week’s edition contains pretty big news on the US Supreme Court front, but first we’ll start off with the traditional look at tort reform. We’ll start off with a bit of good news for those of us on the plaintiffs’…

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Did Deaths or Publicity Prompt Crib Recalls?

As you have probably heard, Simplicity and the Consumer Products Safety Commission have recalled over a million baby cribs after numerous children were injured or killed while using the cribs. But now, many are starting to ask whether the CPSC made the recall soon enough. The Chicago Tribune, which broke the story, had a startling…

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Federal Preemption As Tort Reform

An increasingly popular tactic of tort reformers is to seek protection from federal preemption. Regulators, backed by tort reform groups, continue to propose and institute measures that seek to preempt state laws and eliminate the rights of those injured. For example, the Food and Drug Administration proposed last year that their regulations should preempt state…

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