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It is no secret that hoverboards – two-wheeled, battery-powered, self-balancing scooters – have proved enormously popular with kids and teenagers. But allegations regarding defective battery packs have triggered recalls. The latest hoverboard incident was associated with a fatal fire in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania last March. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) started an investigation into the Harrisburg incident after fire officials blamed the accident on a charging hoverboard. Now, the CPSC has asked consumers to…
The push to “Buy American” aims to encourage consumers and businesses to support homegrown industry.  So, when a water filter maker’s claims of “buil[t] in the U.S.” didn’t hold water, the company quickly found itself in a sea of trouble with the FTC. Georgia-based iSpring advertised and sold its water filter to consumers on its website as well as via major retailers such as Amazon, Overstock, Sears, Home Depot, and Walmart.  The FTC complaint alleged…
Mega-retailer Best Buy agreed to pay $3.8 million to settle allegations that the company distributed and sold recalled products, a violation of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) after the 2008 amendments. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff alleged that the retailer sold more than 600 recalled units, including over 400 Canon cameras, to consumers, as well as items such as electric ranges (subject to a 2012 recall) and dishwashers (subject to a…
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced that it had obtained a record $15,450,000 settlement of civil penalty liability from three Gree Electric entities (Gree Electric Appliances, Inc., of Zhuhai; Hong Kong Gree Electric Appliances Sales Co., Ltd.; and Gree USA Sales, Ltd.) (collectively, Gree). (The settlement is provisional until after the public has an opportunity to comment on it.) The settlement relates to the sale of dehumidifiers under 13 different brand names…
A California federal court this month ruled against defendants’ attempt to rely on a federal law requiring U.S.-origin claims on textile fabric products to displace a California statute with more stringent requirements about “Made in the USA” labels.  The ruling allows a class action suit to proceed, lowering the hopes of retailers and manufacturers that have found compliance with the California law burdensome and unduly complicated. Go here to learn more.…
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is proposing updates to its labeling and packaging requirements under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA), including deleting specific requirements for commodities advertised using terms such as “introductory offer,” “cents off,” and “economy size.” The proposed changes would also modernize place-of-business requirements, allowing businesses to omit addresses if their street addresses is available online or in any other “readily accessible, widely published,…